State Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Ft. Wright, is sponsoring a measure that would specifically prohibit cruelty to horses, including situations involving abuse or neglect, and provide for termination of ownership. Those convicted of violating the law would face up to five years in prison.
Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, is sponsoring a bill to establish a form by which a person could inform medical practitioners not to prescribe, order or administer opioid drugs. The form would be filed with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Bentley, a pharmacist, has another measure that would cap the cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $100 per 30-day supply.
Rep. Charles Booker, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to persons convicted of felonies upon completion of their sentence. If approved, it would be placed on the November 2020 ballot.
Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, has legislation drafted to require African history instruction in certain middle and high school world history and civilization courses as well as Native American history instruction in certain middle and high school U.S. history courses. The Department of Education would draft the education standards.
Scott is also sponsoring legislation that would establish an Officer Shooting Review Board, attached to the Attorney General’s Office. The seven-member board, appointed by the attorney general, would investigate all officer-involved shootings, as well as any fatal incident involving law enforcement officers.
Expanded gaming is the subject of a bill sponsored by Rep. Dennis Keane, D-Wilder. It would allow four free-standing casinos, while horseracing tracks would be limited to electronic games, such as slot machines, under the auspices of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. The bill would only take effect if a constitutional amendment is approved by Kentucky voters in November 2020.
Rep. Robert Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, has legislation that would award college tuition benefits to the children of specified emergency response personnel and public employees who have died or become disabled in the course of their duties. The child would be eligible for up to 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction.
Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, has a measure that would charge tenants who intentionally damage residential rental property with criminal mischief. If a person is convicted of causing more than $10,000 in damage, he could receive up to five years in prison.
Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville is sponsoring legislation requiring an employer intending to relocate a call center from Kentucky to a foreign country to notify the secretary of the Labor Cabinet at least 120 days prior to such relocation. It would also create a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each violation.
The 2020 General Assembly begins Jan. 7, although Gov. Matt Bevin wants to call a special session by the end of June to address the public pension system for regional universities and quasi-governmental organizations.