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AN ACT relating to reopening the economy in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in response to the state of emergency declared by the Governor of Kentucky beginning in March 2020 and continuing throughout the year of 2021 and declaring an emergency.

Provide relief to businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 state of emergency; provide guidelines for opening of businesses and schools; suspend interest on unpaid unemployment insurance contributions and provide guidelines for noncustodial parental visitation during the COVID-19 state of emergency; provide guidelines for visitation at long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 state of emergency; retroactive to March 6, 2020; EMERGENCY.

HCS – Retain original provisions except make technical changes; amend to include school districts in addition to schools and local governments to the entities impacted; and reference long-term care facilities as defined in KRS 216A.010; EMERGENCY.

HFA1 (Rowland, Bart) – Amend to make technical changes; to expand potential care visitors; to allow a plan to be prepared by a local or state agency; to delete requirement plan be submitted to health department; to delete retroactivity provision; to provide that allowing visitors is discretionary with the facility; EMERGENCY.

SFA1 (Schickel, John) – Allows any business, for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, local governments, schools, and school districts to remain open in person as long as they obtain and follow an operating plan.

SCS – Retain original provisions, except make technical changes; provide that business opening plans shall meet or exceed the least restrictive of those issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the executive branch; EMERGENCY.

SFA2 (Higdon, Jimmy) – Amend to specify application to in-person operations and sevices and to indicate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention applicable as of January 1, 2021 apply to (1).

HFA2 (Hatton, Angie) – Amend HB1/HCS 1 to remove the provision that would require essential personal care visitors to waive liability claims against a residential long term care facilities they enter for exposure to viruses and other diseases.

HFA3 (Rowland, Bart) – Amend to remove references to churches and religious institutions in (1) of Section 1; EMERGENCY.

SFA3 (Southworth, Adrienne) – Amend to make technical changes; remove requirement that plans meet or exceed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to provide that entities may remain open and fully operational for in-person services so long as it adopts an operating plan; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

February 2, 2021 – became law without Governor’s Signature
February 2, 2021 – delivered to Secretary of State
February 2, 2021 – enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
February 2, 2021 – enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
February 2, 2021 – received in House
February 2, 2021 – Bill passed 29-8
February 2, 2021 – veto overridden
February 2, 2021 – posted for passage for consideration of Governor’s veto
February 2, 2021 – taken from Rules
February 2, 2021 – to Rules (S)
February 2, 2021 – received in Senate
February 2, 2021 – bill passed 72-22
February 2, 2021 – veto overridden
February 2, 2021 – placed in the Orders of the Day for consideration of Governor’s veto.
February 2, 2021 – taken from Rules
February 2, 2021 – to Rules (H)
February 2, 2021 – received in House
January 19, 2021 – Vetoed
January 9, 2021 – delivered to Governor
January 9, 2021 – enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
January 9, 2021 – enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
January 9, 2021 – passed 74-21
January 9, 2021 – House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute (1)
January 9, 2021 – placed in the Orders of the Day for Concurrence or Nonconcurrence
January 9, 2021 – taken from Rules
January 9, 2021 – to Rules (H)
January 9, 2021 – received in House
January 9, 2021 – passed 28-7 with Committee Substitute (1)
January 9, 2021 – floor amendments (1) (2) and (3) withdrawn
January 9, 2021 – 3rd reading
January 9, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Saturday, January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021 – reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1)
January 9, 2021 – recommitted to State & Local Government (S)
January 9, 2021 – taken from the Regular Orders of the Day
January 8, 2021 – floor amendments (1) (2) and (3) filed
January 8, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Saturday, January 9, 2021
January 8, 2021 – reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules
January 7, 2021 – returned to State & Local Government (S)
January 7, 2021 – 1st reading
January 7, 2021 – taken from State & Local Government (S)
January 7, 2021 – to State & Local Government (S)
January 7, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 7, 2021 – received in Senate
January 7, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 73-15 with Committee Substitute (1) and floor amendments (1) and (3)
January 7, 2021 – floor amendment (3) filed to Committee Substitute
January 6, 2021 – floor amendments (1) and (2) filed to Committee Substitute
January 6, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 7, 2021
January 6, 2021 – reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute
January 5, 2021 – posted in committee
January 5, 2021 – returned to State Government (H)
January 5, 2021 – 1st reading
January 5, 2021 – taken from State Government (H)
January 5, 2021 – to State Government (H)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to civil actions and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 452 to establish the venue for constitutional challenges to statutes, executive orders, regulations, and other cabinet or department orders; establish procedures for selecting a panel of three Circuit Judges to hear challenges; establish three districts from which panel judges can be selected; amend various sections to conform; EMERGENCY.

SCS – Create a new section of KRS Chapter 452 to establish that challenges to the constitutionality of a state statute, executive order, administrative regulation, or cabinet order shall be filed in the office of the Circuit Court clerk in the county of the plaintiff’s residence; non-residents of Kentucky shall file in Franklin Circuit Court; require notification to the Attorney General; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

February 2, 2021 – became law without Governor’s Signature
February 2, 2021 – delivered to Secretary of State
February 2, 2021 – enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
February 2, 2021 – enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
February 2, 2021 – received in House
February 2, 2021 – Bill passed 30-7
February 2, 2021 – veto overridden
February 2, 2021 – posted for passage for consideration of Governor’s veto
February 2, 2021 – taken from Rules
February 2, 2021 – to Rules (S)
February 2, 2021 – received in Senate
February 2, 2021 – bill passed 71-23
February 2, 2021 – veto overridden
February 2, 2021 – placed in the Orders of the Day for consideration of Governor’s veto.
February 2, 2021 – taken from Rules
February 2, 2021 – to Rules (H)
February 2, 2021 – received in House
January 20, 2021 – Vetoed
January 13, 2021 – delivered to Governor
January 13, 2021 – enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
January 13, 2021 – enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
January 13, 2021 – passed 72-20
January 13, 2021 – House concurred in Senate Committee Subsitute
January 13, 2021 – placed in the Orders of the Day for concurrence or non-concurrence
January 13, 2021 – taken from Rules
January 13, 2021 – to Rules (H)
January 13, 2021 – received in House
January 13, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 28-6 with Committee Substitute (1)
January 13, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, January 13, 2021
January 12, 2021 – reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1)
January 8, 2021 – returned to Judiciary (S)
January 8, 2021 – 2nd reading
January 8, 2021 – taken from Judiciary (S)
January 7, 2021 – returned to Judiciary (S)
January 7, 2021 – 1st reading
January 7, 2021 – taken from Judiciary (S)
January 7, 2021 – to Judiciary (S)
January 7, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 7, 2021 – received in Senate
January 7, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 69-24
January 6, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 7, 2021
January 6, 2021 – reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules
January 5, 2021 – posting waived
January 5, 2021 – returned to Judiciary (H)
January 5, 2021 – 1st reading
January 5, 2021 – taken from Judiciary (H)
January 5, 2021 – to Judiciary (H)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to the limitation of liability during the COVID-19 pandemic and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define “person”; to provide a defense to civil liability to a person who acts in good faith while operating a business during a state of emergency for ordinary negligence for a personal injury resulting from alleged or actual exposure to COVID-19 provided the person acts as an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent person would act under similar circumstances; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to provide that a public school official’s decision to open or close a school is discretionary for purposes of determining qualified immunity; apply section retroactively; EMERGENCY.

HCS/LM – Retain the original provisions except for technical changes to the definition of “person” to add “charity or nonprofit organization”; change “Kentucky Department of Public Health” to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”; remove the definition of “retail business”; make the rebuttable presumption applicable to “any person, as defined in subsection 1”; change “injury” to “exposure”; and clarify Section 2 so that executive order relates to school closure; EMERGENCY

HCA1 (Cantrell, McKenzie) – Amend HB10/PHS 1 to include a provision that maintains employees’ rights to access benefits under KRS Chapter 342.

Recent Actions

February 24, 2021 – to Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)
February 24, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 9, 2021 – received in Senate
January 9, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 75-21 with Committee Substitute (1)
January 8, 2021 – returned to the Orders of the Day
January 8, 2021 – 3rd reading
January 8, 2021 – placed in the Orders of the Day
January 8, 2021 – taken from Rules (H)
January 8, 2021 – reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1)
January 7, 2021 – posted in committee
January 7, 2021 – returned to Judiciary (H)
January 7, 2021 – 2nd reading
January 7, 2021 – taken from Judiciary (H)
January 6, 2021 – returned to Judiciary (H)
January 6, 2021 – 1st reading
January 6, 2021 – taken from Judiciary (H)
January 6, 2021 – to Judiciary (H)
January 6, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 6, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to ensuring basic liberties regarding immunizations and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 214.036 to prohibit required immunization of any person by any state agency or instrumentality; create the short title “Ensuring Bodily Autonomy and Informed Consent Act”; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

 January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in House
September 9, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT relating to telehealth.

Create various new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish minimum standards to telehealth; reestablish the requirement for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and managed care organizations to study the impact of telehealth on the state’s health care delivery system; prohibit certain practices in telehealth; authorize health practitioner licensure boards to promulgate administrative regulations related to telehealth; amend KRS 205.510 to revise definitions; amend KRS 205.559 to require reimbursement rates for telehealth to be equivalent to reimbursement rates for the same service provided in person, permit the Department for Medicaid services to approve additional telecommunication technologies for telehealth, and to delete the requirement for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and managed care organizations to study the impact of telehealth on the state’s health care delivery system; amend KRS 205.5591 to require telehealth coverage and reimbursement rates to be equivalent to coverage requirements and reimbursement rates for the same service provided in person; amend KRS 304.17A-005 to delete the definition of “telehealth”; amend KRS 304.17A-138 to define “telehealth” and to require that telehealth coverage and reimbursement rates be equivalent to coverage and reimbursement for the same service provided in person; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to seek federal approval if they determine that such approval is necessary; and certain sections EFFECTIVE January 1, 2022.

Amendments

HCS/HM – Retain original provisions; require telehealth services to meet clinical, technology, and medical coding standards established by a state agency authorized or required to promulgate administrative regulations related to telehealth; and prohibit the Department for Medicaid Services and managed care organizations from denying reimbursement for covered telehealth services based on quality-of-care protocols established by healthcare facilities; authorize the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Department for Medicaid Services to promulgate emergency administrative regulations; make technical corrections.

HFA1 (Willner, Lisa) – Permit practitioners who participate in a recognized interstate compact to provide telehealth services to individuals located in Kentucky and to receive reimbursement for telehealth services provided to individuals located in Kentucky; define “behavioral health professional.”

HFA2 (Frazier, Deanna) – Amend definition of “telehealth” to exclude certain basic communications between a provider and a patient.

HFA3 (Moser, Kimberly Poore) – Require that reimbursements paid to rural health clinics for telehealth services include an originating site fee and that Medicaid reimbursements paid to rural health clinics for telehealth services include a supplemental reimbursement.

HFA4 (Moser, Kimberly Poore) – Amend the definition of telehealth to exclude certain basic communications between a provider and a patient; require the payment of an originating site fee to rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and federally qualified health center look-alikes; require that reimbursements paid to rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and federally qualified health center look-alikes include a supplemental reimbursement; permit Medicaid managed care organizations and insurers to utilize audits for medical coding accuracy.

Recent Actions

February 25, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
February 23, 2021 – received in Senate
February 22, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 95-0 with Committee Substitute and floor amendments (1) and (4)
February 11, 2021 – floor amendment (4) filed to Committee Substitute
February 10, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 11, 2021
February 9, 2021 – floor amendments (1), (2) and (3) filed to Committee Substitute
February 9, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 4, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
February 2, 2021 – posted in committee
January 13, 2021 – to Health and Family Services (H)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in House
December 11, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT relating to temporary nurse aides and declaring an emergency.

Creates a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to accept the employment of temporary COVID-19 personal care attendants as meeting necessary training for State Registered Nurse Aides; require the Department for Medicaid Services to apply for any Medicaid waivers or state plan amendments necessary; incorporate the provisions into the nurse aide training and competency evaluation program requirements; promulgate any necessary administration regulations; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

February 26, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
February 24, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
February 24, 2021 – received in Senate
February 23, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 96-0
February 22, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 23, 2021
February 22, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 11, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
February 9, 2021 – posted in committee
February 2, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
January 13, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 13, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to Medicaid reimbursement rates for certain Supports for Community Living and Michelle P. waiver services.

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate by 10% for certain Supports for Community Living and Michelle P. waiver services effective July 1, 2022; require at least 75% of the rate increase to be used by providers to increase wages for direct support professionals and direct support staff; require the cabinet to provide the Legislative Research Commission with an analysis of wage increase by October 1, 2024; require the cabinet or Department for Medicaid Services to seek federal authorization for a waiver if necessary.

Recent Actions

February 3, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 3, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to claims against an estate.

Amend KRS 396.011 to change the statute of limitations for claims against an estate; repeal KRS 396.012.

Recent Actions

March 2, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 3, 2021
March 2, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
March 1, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
February 25, 2021 – posted in committee
February 25, 2021 – to Judiciary (H)
February 9, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 9, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT related to dementia services.

Amend KRS 194A.600 to rename the Office on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to the Office of Dementia Services; amend KRS 194A.601 related to the duties and functions of the Office of Dementia Services; amend KRS 194A.603 related to the membership and duties of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council.

Recent Actions

February 22, 2021 – posted in committee
February 22, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 9, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 9, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to individual-directed care at the end of life.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to define terms; establish a qualified terminally ill individual’s right to voluntarily request medication to self-administer to cause death; require conditions for making request; permit individual to rescind request at any time; permit an attending health care provider to provide medication; establish requirements for attending health care provider to inform individuals and document request; require disposal of unused medications; establish residency requirements for qualified individuals; require report by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; establish provisions for contracts, insurance policies, and beneficiaries; state that a health care provider is not required to provide medication to a qualified individual; permit health care providers to prohibit person or entities from participating in a qualified individual’s request during or on the premises of employment; prohibit reporting a health care provider to a licensing board for participating in a qualified individual’s request; state that actions do not constitute suicide or homicide; create a form for a qualified individual to make a request; create a new section of Subchapter 12 of KRS Chapter 304 to establish provisions for insurance policies and beneficiaries of qualified individuals; amend KRS 507.020 and KRS 507.030 to create an affirmative defense to a charge of murder and manslaughter in the first degree; provide a severability clause; create the short title, the “Kentucky Our Care, Our Options Act.”

Recent Actions

February 11, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 11, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky False Claims Act.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 15 to establish a False Claims Act with provisions that establish enhanced civil liability and penalties for committing fraud against the state; allow the Attorney General or a private citizen to bring a cause of action on behalf of the state to recover damages with a portion of any proceeds awarded being distributed to the person successfully bringing the action; grant the Attorney General enhanced investigatory authority; provide an increase in the range of civil payments that can be assessed in an administrative process from $500 to $5,000 to $11,000 against fraudulent Medicaid providers; establish procedures, statutes of limitation and repose; establish civil protections for whistleblowers; amend various sections to conform.

Amendments

HCS/LM/CI – Retain original provisions; amend KRS 341.990 to provide criminal sanctions for fraudulent unemployment claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HCA1 (Massey, C. Ed) – Make title amendment.

HFA1 (McCoy, Chad) – Retain original provisions; and establish that summons shall be issued but not served until after an order of the court.

Recent Actions

March 2, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 3, 2021
March 2, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
March 1, 2021 – floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
March 1, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute and committee amendment (1-title)
February 25, 2021 – posted in committee
February 23, 2021 – to Judiciary (H)
February 22, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 22, 2021 – introduced in House

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waiver Redesign Task Force.

Create the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waiver Redesign Task Force to review previous waiver redesign efforts undertaken by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to develop recommendations to ensure the quality and stability of 1915(c) waiver services in Kentucky; outline task force membership; require the task force to meet monthly during the 2021 and 2022 interims; require the task force to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2022.

Amendments

HCS – Retain original provisions; require the Model II waiver service provider to be submitted by the Kentucky Nurses Association; and add the board chair of the Kentucky Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America and the executive director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities to the task force membership.

Recent Actions

February 25, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 26, 2021
February 25, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 24, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
February 22, 2021 – posted in committee
February 10, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 9, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 9, 2021 – introduced in House

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waiver Redesign Task Force to study waiver redesign efforts and options and to develop strategies to better utilize Kentucky’s Medicaid State Plan services.

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waiver Redesign Task Force to study waiver redesign efforts and options and to develop strategies to better utilize Kentucky’s Medicaid State Plan services.

Recent Actions

February 2, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
January 8, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 8, 2021 – introduced in House

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study alternatives to institutionalized care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and complex medical needs.

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study alternatives to institutionalized care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and complex medical needs.

Recent Actions

February 9, 2021 – posted in committee
February 2, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
January 13, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
January 13, 2021 – introduced in House

AN ACT relating to emergencies and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 39A to provide liability protection for owners of premises during a declared emergency; amend KRS 39A.020 to define terms used; amend KRS 39A.070 and 39A.090 to conform; amend KRS 39A.280 to refine the immunity of the state, private persons, volunteers, professional engineers and architects, and persons providing essential services during an emergency; EFFECTIVE MARCH 6, 2020, for Sections 1, 2, and 5 of the Act; EMERGENCY.

Amendments

SCS/LM – Create a new section of KRS Chapter 39A to provide liability protection for owners of premises during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, set the time limit within which a claim for personal injury must be brought, and specify the liability for essential services providers, and define what is an “essential service”; amend KRS 39A.020 to define “declared emergency”, “disaster”, and “executive action”; amend KRS 39A.070 and 39A.090 to conform; amend 39A.280 to refine the immunity of the state, private persons, volunteers, professional engineers and architects, and persons providing essential services during an emergency; EFFECTIVE MARCH 6, 2020, for Section 1 of the ACT; Repeal of Section 1 effective December 31, 2023; EMERGENCY.

SFA1 (Yates, David) – Delete immunity from requirement to protect from risks associated with the SARS-COV-2 virus or the declared emergency.

SFA2 (Yates, David) – Ensure that the Act is not interpreted to limit liability relating to non-COVID-SARS-2 motor vehicle accidents.

SFA3 (Southworth, Adrienne) – Delete definitions for “executive action” and “health care providers”.

SFA4 (Southworth, Adrienne) – Remove definition of “executive action” and other changes to definitions for KRS Chapter 39A; delete conforming statutes KRS 39A.070 and 39A.090; delete changes to KRS 39A.270 that specify those businesses that may remain open during an emergency.

SFA5 (Southworth, Adrienne) – Specify that the owner of a premises is not liable for damage to property caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus.

SFA6 (Stivers II, Robert) – Require that claims involving damage to real property related to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic be brought within the time set out in KRS 413.120.

SFA7 (Stivers II, Robert) – Require that claims involving damage to real property related to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic be brought within the time set out in KRS 413.120; clarify the protection afforded essential workers.

Recent Actions

March 2, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
March 2, 2021 – received in House
March 1, 2021 – passed 24-11 with Committee Substitute and floor amendments (2), (7), (8), and (9)
March 1, 2021 – floor amendments (3) (4) and (5) defeated
March 1, 2021 – floor amendment (1) withdrawn
March 1, 2021 – 3rd reading
February 26, 2021 – passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day
February 26, 2021 – floor amendment (9) filed to Committee Substitute
February 25, 2021 – passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day
February 24, 2021 – floor amendment (8) filed to Committee Substitute
February 24, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 25, 2021
February 11, 2021 – floor amendment (7) filed to Committee Substitute
February 11, 2021 – floor amendment (6) withdrawn
February 10, 2021 – floor amendment (3) (4) (5) and (6) filed to Committee Substitute
February 9, 2021 – floor amendments (1) and (2) filed to Committee Substitute
February 9, 2021 – reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute
January 6, 2021 – returned to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
January 6, 2021 – 2nd reading
January 6, 2021 – taken from Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
January 5, 2021 – returned to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
January 5, 2021 – 1st reading
January 5, 2021 – taken from Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to exceptions to mandatory immunization requirements and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 214.036 to provide exemptions from mandatory immunization for any child, emancipated minor, or adult who, personally or by a parent or guardian, submits a written sworn statement objecting to the immunization based on conscientiously held beliefs; prohibit any administrative regulation, administrative order, or executive order from requiring during an epidemic the immunization of persons who submit either a written sworn statement objecting to the immunization based on conscientiously held beliefs or the written opinion of the person’s physician that such immunization would be injurious to the person’s health; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop and make available on its Web site a standardized form relating to the exemptions from mandatory immunization and to accept the form after it is submitted; amend KRS 209.552 and 214.034 to conform; EMERGENCY.

SCS – Delete original provisions; amend KRS 214.036 to provide exemptions from mandatory immunization for any child, emancipated minor, or adult who, personally or by a parent or guardian, submits a written sworn statement objecting to the immunization based on religious grounds; prohibit any administrative regulation, administrative order, or executive order from requiring during an epidemic the immunization of persons who submit either a written sworn statement objecting to the immunization based on conscientiously held beliefs or the written opinion of the person’s physician that such immunization would be injurious to the person’s health; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop and make available on its Web site a standardized form relating to the exemptions from mandatory immunization and to accept the form after it is submitted; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

March 1, 2021 – posted in committee
February 23, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 4, 2021 – received in House
February 4, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 34-1-1 with Committee Substitute (1)
February 3, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 4, 2021
February 3, 2021 – reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute
February 2, 2021 – returned to Health & Welfare (S)
February 2, 2021 – 1st reading
February 2, 2021 – taken from Health & Welfare (S)
January 11, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 11, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 11, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 54 of the Constitution of Kentucky.

Propose an amendment to Section 54 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow the General Assembly the power to limit noneconomic damages for injuries resulting in death or for injuries to persons or property, and the power to provide statutes of limitation; provide for submission to the voters.

Recent Actions

January 11, 2021 – to State & Local Government (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate
December 9, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT relating to mental health treatment.

Amend KRS 202A.021 to permit voluntary transport to a hospital or psychiatric facility with authorization of the originating and receiving hospital or facility and a patient’s signed written agreement to be voluntarily transported and to not be physically removed during transport; amend KRS 645.030 to permit voluntary transport of a child to a hospital or psychiatric facility with authorization of the originating and receiving hospital or facility and a parent if the child is under 16 and parent and child if the child is age 16 or older and a signed written agreement to be voluntarily transported and to not be physically removed during transport; amend KRS 214.185 to establish that any qualified mental health professional may provide outpatient mental health counseling to any child who is age 16 or older and is an unaccompanied youth; amend KRS 645.190 to conform.

Amendments

SFA1 (Givens, David P.) – Amend to clarify the conditions under which a child under 16 years of age and over 16 years of age may be released after transport to a receiving hospital or psychiatric facility.

Recent Actions

March 1, 2021 – posted in committee
February 25, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 4, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 4, 2021 – received in House
February 3, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 36-0 with floor amendment (1)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 3, 2021
February 2, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
January 13, 2021 – floor amendment (1) filed
January 13, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
January 8, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate
December 9, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to include in the homestead exemption for owners who are sixty-five years of age or older any increase in ad valorem taxes that are assessed after the latter of the year the owner turned sixty-five, the year the owner purchased the property, or the date this provision was ratified by the voters; add the continued biennial inflation indexing of the homestead exemption amount; make various typographical changes of a nonsubstantive nature; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection; apply to property assessed on and after the January 1st immediately following the date of ratification.

Recent Actions

January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate
August 25, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT Relating to Assisted-Living Communities

Create a new section of KRS 194A.700 to 194A.729 to prohibit certification or certification renewal of an assisted-living community if it is owned, managed, or operated by any person convicted of certain crimes or listed on an abuse list; exempt owner of an assisted-living facility certified as of July 1, 2020; amend KRS 194A.700 to amend definitions; amend KRS 194A.707 to make changes to the appeals and renewal processes; amend KRS 194A.717 to prohibit on-site staff person from being shared with another level of care; amend KRS 194A.723 to permit the cabinet to initiate injunctive relief in Circuit Court.

Recent Actions:

January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to immunization and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 214.036 to prohibit required immunization of any person by any state agency or instrumentality; create a new section of KRS Chapter 338 to prohibit required immunization of any employee by an employer as defined in KRS 338.015; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

February 2, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate
October 12, 2020 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

AN ACT relating to home and community based services waiver providers.

Amend KRS 337.010 to exclude providers of certain home or community based services from the definition of employee in regards to payment of wages; amend KRS 342.650 to exempt certain home or community based services from coverage in regards to workers’ compensation; amend KRS 341.055 to exclude certain home or community based services from “covered employment” in regards to unemployment compensation.

Recent Actions

March 1, 2021 – posted in committee
February 26, 2021 – to Small Business & Information Technology (H)
February 25, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 25, 2021 – received in House
February 24, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 28-7
February 22, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 24, 2021
February 10, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 9, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
February 2, 2021 – to Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to recovery of medical costs in tort actions.

Amend KRS 411.182 to limit the amounts recoverable for medical costs in tort actions.

Amendments

SFA1 (Wheeler, Phillip) – Create provision specifying damages when healthcare provider bills a patient an amount more than 10% above average for the same procedure.

Recent Actions

February 11, 2021 – floor amendment (1) filed
February 2, 2021 – to Judiciary (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to direct-care staff.

Amend KRS 216.710 to establish definitions for “direct-care staff member” , “Facilities or programs,” and “recipient”; create a new section of KRS 216.710 to 216.716 to require direct-care staff who provide care for a client with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia within the client’s home to receive initial and ongoing training that is approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; require facilities or programs to provide cabinet-approved training and certificates of completion to direct-care staff who work with clients with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia; establish a penalty for violations; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to implement, monitor, and enforce the requirements of this section and to establish standards for approved trainings; amend KRS 216.935 to establish definitions for “direct-care staff member,” “Facilities or programs” , and “recipient”; create a new section of KRS 216.935 to 216.939 to require direct-care staff who provide care for a client with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia within the client’s home to receive initial and ongoing training that is approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; require facilities or programs to provide cabinet-approved training and certificates of completion to direct-care staff who work with clients with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia; establish a penalty for violations; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to implement, monitor, and enforce the requirements of this section and to establish standards for approved trainings.

Recent Actions

March 1, 2021 – posted in committee
February 23, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 4, 2021 – received in House
February 3, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 34-1-1
February 2, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 3, 2021
February 2, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
January 13, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
January 8, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT related to dementia services.

Amend KRS 194A.600 to rename the Office on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to the Office of Dementia Services; amend KRS 194A.601 related to the duties and functions of the Office of Dementia Services; amend KRS 194A.603 related to the membership and duties of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council.

Recent Actions

March 1, 2021 – posted in committee
February 23, 2021 – to Health & Family Services (H)
February 9, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (H)
February 9, 2021 – received in House
February 9, 2021 – 3rd reading, passed 36-0
February 4, 2021 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 9, 2021
February 4, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 3, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
January 11, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 5, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 5, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT protecting the exercise of medical ethics and diversity within the medical profession.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 344 to define terms; prohibit discrimination against medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience; grant providers the right not to participate in or pay for services that violate their conscience; exempt providers from liability for exercising these rights; establish a civil cause of action for persons injured by violations of these provisions.

Amendment

SFA1 (McGarvey, Morgan) – Make title amendment.

SFA2 (McGarvey, Morgan) – Amend to broaden the class of people entitled to object on the basis of religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs or principles to include LRC staff, leadership staff, security personnel, doorkeepers, state park employees, and state troopers.

SFA3(Westerfield, Whitney) – Redefine “Healthcare service” to exclude “initial examination” and “necessary services”; include a provision that the exercise of this right is limited to conscience-based objections to particular healthcare services; exclude healthcare institutions from liability for exercising conscience rights; and make technical changes.

Recent Actions

February 24, 2021 – floor amendment (3) filed
February 23, 2021 – floor amendments (1-title) and (2) filed
Monday, February 22, 2021 – 2nd reading, to Rules
February 11, 2021 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
February 2, 2021 – to Judiciary (S)
January 7, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 7, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to immunizations.

Amend KRS 344.010 to define “immunization”; amend KRS 344.040 to prohibit employers from discriminating against an individual who declines immunization or requiring immunization as a condition of employment.

Recent Actions

February 4, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
January 9, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 9, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to exceptions to immunization requirements and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to allow an independent institution or postsecondary educational institution to require a student to receive a vaccination for disease if exemption provisions are allowed; create a new section of KRS 216B to allow a health facility to require an employee to receive a vaccination for disease if exemption provisions are allowed; EMERGENCY.

Recent Actions

February 4, 2021 – to Education (S)
January 13, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
January 13, 2021 – introduced in Senate

AN ACT relating to viruses or diseases.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 214 to prohibit requiring the wearing of facial coverings in the Commonwealth during state of emergencies related to viruses or diseases.

Recent Actions

February 24, 2021 – to Health & Welfare (S)
February 3, 2021 – to Committee on Committees (S)
February 3, 2021 – introduced in Senate