The General Assembly returns for its final two days on March 29-30 to pass some final bills and, presumably, override Governor Beshear’s vetoes.
NEGATIVE BILLS TO PASS IN RECENT DAYS
(Taken from Josie Raymond’s Facebook post.)
HB 563: $25 million in annual tax credits for five years to cover private-school tuition in Kentucky’s largest counties and other educational expenses statewide. Does not contain funding for all-day kindergarten as promised. Not passed with veto-proof majority.
HB 258: Reduces retirement benefits for teachers hired in 2022 and beyond.
HB 192: Austere Executive Branch budget, with no raises for teachers/school employees, SEEK increase, or money for textbooks. Severe limits on federal stimulus dollars.
SB 228: Limits governor’s ability to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy with a person of his/her choosing.
HB 405: Includes up to $5 million extra for the Attorney General’s office for things like extra personnel, and this includes a potential $902,200 cut to the state budget office if the administration spends federal stimulus dollars without General Assembly approval.
HB 249: Return of film-tax credits, which would be worth up to $75 million. Increases historic preservation credit from $5 million to $100 million, with $6 million of that going toward an historic hotel renovation in Louisville.
HB 312: Reduces public access under Open Records Act, including a provision giving legislative leaders sole authority over what legislative records qualify.
HB 475: Says Kentucky’s workplace safety laws cannot exceed federal rules.
HB 4: Constitutional amendment that would let the General Assembly effectively call itself into special session for up to 12 extra days a year. Will be on the ballot in Nov.2022.
SB 65: Key provision takes away federal SNAP food benefits if a non-custodial parent is behind on child support payments.