Weekly Legislative Report – March 8th, 2024


Friday, March 8, marked the 47th day of the 60-day legislative session.

The deadline has passed for filing bills in this year’s session. A total of 1,220 bills have been filed: 838 bills in the House and 382 bills in the Senate, which is the highest number of bills filed in 24 years!



KACP has issued a legislative alert in opposition to HB687. The bill – which is also opposed by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) – was filed by Rep. Rep. Ryan Dotson, Winchester,

Legislators could move House Bill 687, which would mandate cities to enter into an interlocal agreement with the county to subsidize the cost of lodging persons in jail who were arrested within the city’s boundaries and provide for a default payment if a contract is not agreed to.  This has a strong potential to impact police department budgets if it were to become law.

Please contact your representative(s), especially if they are on the House Local Government Committee, where the bill could come for a vote, and let them know cities are revenue-limited, and the funds HB 687 would remove are critical for services citizens expect and depend on. Ask that they vote “NO” on HB 687.

  • Call 800.372.7181 and leave your representative(s) a message.
  • Contact your representative(s) on a phone number they provided to you.
  • Contact your representative(s) on social media.
  • Send your representative(s) an email.

Find your city’s representative(s) here.

House Local Government Committee Members:

Senate budget

There is still no word on the release of the Senate budget. KACP will report on the proposed KLEFPF increase and other budget items – including potential funding for the Madisonville academy – when the budget is released..

Pension System Health Insurance

KACP is still in ongoing discussions about legislation that would increase the healthcare stipend for some law enforcement officers in the pension system. (Tier 1 who began participation after July 2003; all Tier II and III.).


SB2, related to placing “guardians” in public schools

Filed by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, the bill would establish a framework for employment of Kentucky guardians in schools to provide school safety. The bill passed 28-10 in the Senate and now awaits action in the House Education Committee. KACP President Thomson met with Sen. Wise to express some concerns. The bill will not take effect until 2025-26 school year, Sen. Wise said he would work with us during the interim to address concerns.  Changes could be made in the 2025 session. Monitoring.

HB207, related to sex dolls

Sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Dietz, R-Edgewood, the bill prohibits the possession, trafficking, importing and advancing of a child sex doll. Passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee. Chief Todd Kelley testified on behalf of KACP. The bill has passed both the House and Senate without a single “no” vote. Due to an amendment, the bill was sent back to the House where it awaits final passage. Support

HB 248relating to reinstatement of police and fire department employees

Sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Fayette, Amend KRS 95.440 to remove the requirement that a person shall only be eligible for reinstatement to a police or fire department within one year following separation from employment. Passed The House 96-0, awaiting Senate committee assignment. Support

HB 482, which is related to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Filed by Rep. Stephanie Dietz, R-Edgewood, the bill adds the chief of police of the Owensboro Police Department and the director of the Northern Kentucky Police and Sheriff’s Training Center to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. The House passed the bill 96-0 and is awaiting a Senate committee assignment. Support.

SB162related to vehicle accident reports.

Filed by Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, the bill allows law enforcement agencies to retain copies of accident reports filed with the KSP and allows agencies to contract with third parties to provide the reports to other entities that are eligible to receive them. The bill passed the Senate 37-0 and was approved by the House Local Committee. It awaits a final vote in the House. Executive Director Butler has testified in committee in favor of the bill. Support.

SB243, related to animal fighting

Filed by Sen. Greg Elkins, R-Winchester, the bill enhances penalties for animal fighting and will help crack down on the criminal activity that typically occurs during animal fighting. Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee. Support

HB349, related to in line of duty disability benefits

Filed by Rep. Emily Callaway, R-Louisville, the bill would provide full hospital and medical insurance benefits for a member of the retirement system, their spouse, and their dependents if a member becomes disabled in the line of duty with a hazardous disability. Passed committee, awaiting full action by the House. Support.

HB661, related to spiking

Filed by Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, the bill exempts system-wide raises from anti-spiking legislation. The bill has passed committee and has been posted for a vote by the full House on Monday, March 11. Support

HB782, related to telecommunicators

Filed by Rep. Scott Lewis, R-Hartford, the bill makes changes to telecommunicator training requirements. Assigned to House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Monitoring.




HB5the crime bill

Sponsored by Rep. Jared Bauman, R-Louisville, the 72-page bill is dubbed the Safer Kentucky Act. After a slew of amendments, the bill was passed in the House by a vote of 72-22 and awaits a Senate committee assignment. Among its provisions is a three strikes law to require a life sentence after a person’s third violent felony, along with increasing penalties for crimes like carjacking and fentanyl trafficking that causes an overdose death. It would also crack down on vandalism, homeless encampments and allow businesses to use force to stop shoplifters. Passed House. Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee. Support.

HB293related to kratom

Kratom is an herbal drug frequently sold online and in convenience stores. The bill would prohibit sales to people under 21 and provide guidelines for labeling and advertising. Filed by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, the bill would regulate the sale and licensing of kratom. Chief Todd Kelly testified in support of the bill in committee. The bill has passed the House 87-7. Assigned to Health Services Committee. Support.


SB11, related to juvenile justice

Filed by Sen. John Schickel, the bill requires notice to schools prior to filing of a public offense petition against a child in certain cases. Assigned to House Education Committee. Support.

SB32, driving under the influence of marijuana

Sponsored by Sen. Johnnie Turner, R-Harlan the bill creates a per se limit for marijuana concentration measured by a blood test. KACP will meet with the sponsor for more details on the legislation. Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee. Support




HB359, related to telecommunicators/KLEFPF funds

Filed by Rep. Bill Wesley, R-Ravenna, the bill would provide KLEFPF funds to telecommunicators. Awaiting committee assignment. Oppose.


SB114, concealed carry/school buildings

Filed by Sen. Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg, the bill would modify the prohibiting of weapons on school grounds. Assigned to Senate Education Committee. Oppose.

SB115, related to federal law enforcement officers

Filed by Sen. Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg, the bill would remove the authority of delineated federal law enforcement officers to function as peace officers in Kentucky. Assigned to Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Oppose.




HB620, related to driving and use of personal communication devices

Filed by Michael “Sarge” Pollock, R-Campbellsville, the bill would prohibit the use of a personal communication device or stand-alone electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. Awaiting committee assignment. Monitoring

HB782, related to telecommunicators

Filed by Rep. Scott Lewis, R-Hartford, the bill makes changes to telecommunicator training requirements. Assigned to House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Monitoring.


SB13, relate to crisis aversion and rights retention orders.

Filed Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Fruit Hill, the will would allow law enforcement officers to petition a court to issue an extreme risk protection order when a respondent poses a present danger of causing serious physical injury to themselves or others through purchasing, processing or receiving a firearm, other provisions. Assigned to House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Cabinet. Monitoring.

SB45, missing adults

Sponsored by Sen. David Yates, D-Louisville, the bill requires KSP to create and operate the Kentucky Ashanti Alert System to provide public notification through the use of media providers and highways signs when an adult is missing and may have been abducted or kidnapped or may be in physical danger. Assigned to House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Cabinet. Monitoring.

SB178, related to firearms

Filed by Sen. Karen Berg, D-Louisville, and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, the bill permits the destruction of confiscated firearms and requires the destruction if the firearm was used in the commission of a violent offense. Assigned to Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Monitoring.

SB187, related to modified weapons

Filed by Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Benton, the bill provides definitions of modified weapons and provides that a dealer may not deliver a modified weapon until seven days have elapsed from the date of purchase application; also regulates the possession and buying of a modified weapon by persons under 21. Assigned to Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Monitoring

SB190, related to firearms

Filed by Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Benton, the bill establishes requirements for individuals to voluntarily request inclusion on a list the prohibits the purchase or possession of firearms for specified periods and to voluntarily commit their firearms to law enforcement for safe storage or permanent surrender. Assigned to Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Monitoring.

SB196, related to retirement

Filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ryland Heights, the bill relates to optional retirement benefits for hazardous duty employees participating in CERS’s hybrid cash balance plans. Awaiting committee assignment. Monitoring.



March 29 – April 9: Veto recess

April 12, 15: Final legislative days


As always, questions, suggestions, comments or concerns can be directed to Executive Director Shawn Butler, who can be reached at 859-743-2920 or sbutler@kypolicechiefs.org or KACP lobbyist Patrick Crowley, who can be reached at 859-462-4245 or pcrowley@strategicadvisersllc.com.

You can also follow the legislative activity through the Kentucky General Assembly website.