A new feature at Forward Kentucky – our own bill tracker for bills that we want to focus on!

LAST UPDATE: Sunday, March 12 (changes in red)

Many people have commented how hard it is to keep up with this year’s General Assembly (KYGA17). The pace is even more frantic than usual, and the complete Republican control means that they control the agenda and can pretty much do what they want.

BUT … by calling, and writing, and calling, and tweeting, and CALLING, we have been able to slow down some bills, and even get some bills postponed or pulled or killed! So, we decided to put together this bill tracker on key bills, so you would know their status and who to contact. We will do our best to keep it updated each night. And, if you know of a bill that we need to add, send the info to Tips@ForwardKY.com. Include the bill number and why you think it is a key bill.

LRC Message Line – (800) 372-7181 – Add it to your phone!

How To Call

  • Give them your name and address. If you’ve called before, they’ll have it.
  • Tell them the bill number you are calling about.
  • Tell them who you want the message to go to (an individual rep, a committee, or all Senators or all House members). Always best to call your own reps, but also helps if they get calls from across the state.
  • Tell them your position on the bill.
  • Add a comment about why you are opposed, including how it will affect you.

Bill Num Notes Stance Status
SB 214 Hurts solar energy Oppose Pulled!
HB 246 Allows plastic bags back into landfills Oppose Senate floor; amended
HB 202 Part of the “war on Louisville” bills;
allows governor to appoint mayor & council members
Oppose Withdrawn! (Could it come back?)
HB 151 So-called “neighborhood schools” bill Oppose Senate Ed Cmte
HB 307 Improve learning for students w/ dyslexia Support Senate Ed Comte
HB 520 Charter school bill Oppose Senate Ed Cmte
SB 133 Increases jury diversity Support To Rules Cmte
HB 14 “Blue Lives Matter” bill Oppose Passed; to Governor
HB 260 Pregnant Workers Rights Act Support House Econ Dev & Workforce Cmte
SB 7 Concealed carry w/o permit Oppose Senate floor; amended
SB 237 Would slash worker’s rights Oppose Senate Economic Dev, Tourism,
& Labor Cmte
SB 120 Criminal justice reform Support House floor; should pass on Tues


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.