House Bill 574

Actions | Amendments
Last Action 04/07/21: signed by Governor (Acts Ch. 197)
Title AN ACT relating to elections and making an appropriation therefor.
Bill Documents Current/Final
Introduced
Fiscal Impact Statements Corrections Impact
Local Mandate
Additional Fiscal Impact Statements Exist
Bill Request Number 1258
Sponsors J. Decker, J. Branscum, M. Imes, K. King, S. Sheldon, J. Tipton
Summary of Original Version Amend various sections of KRS Chapters 48, 65, 83A, 116, 117, 118, 118A, 119, 120, 242, and 424 relating to paper ballots, voting equipment, voting systems, election education, voter registration, mail-in and in-person absentee voting and procedures, county board of election appointments, precinct election officer qualifications, consolidated precincts, mail-in absentee portal for mail-in ballot application requests, drop-box or receptacle for mail-in absentee ballots, voter assistance requirements prescribed, extension of time for reviewing and processing mail-in absentee ballots and procedures related, establishing recanvass thresholds, penalties prescribed for furnishing mail-in absentee ballots when not permissible, prohibiting tax dollars from being used to influence public opinion for ballot questions, and elections. repeal KRS 117.381 and 117.387, relating to electronic voting systems.
Index Headings of Original Version Administrative Regulations and Proceedings - State Board of Elections, omnibus election bill
Corrections Impact - Omnibus election bill
Local Mandate - Omnibus election bill
County Clerks - Omnibus election bill
Elections and Voting - Omnibus election bill
Local Government - Omnibus election bill
Secretary of State - Omnibus election bill
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, omnibus election bill
Counties - Omnibus election bill
Jump to Proposed Amendments House Committee Substitute 1 with Fiscal Impact Statements
House Floor Amendment 1
House Floor Amendment 2
House Floor Amendment 3
House Floor Amendment 4
Senate Committee Substitute 1 with Fiscal Impact Statements
Senate Committee Amendment 1
Senate Floor Amendment 1
Senate Floor Amendment 2
Votes Vote History

Actions

Top | Amendments
02/23/21
  • introduced in House
  • to Committee on Committees (H)
02/24/21
  • taken from Committee on Committees (H)
  • 1st reading
  • returned to Committee on Committees (H)
  • to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
  • posted in committee
02/25/21
  • reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1)
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 26, 2021
  • floor amendments (1) (2) (3) and (4) filed to Committee Substitute
02/26/21
  • 3rd reading
  • floor amendment (3) defeated
  • passed 93-4 with Committee Substitute and floor amendment (2)
03/01/21
  • received in Senate
  • to Committee on Committees (S)
03/02/21
  • to State & Local Government (S)
03/04/21
  • taken from State & Local Government (S)
  • 1st reading
  • returned to State & Local Government (S)
03/05/21
  • taken from State & Local Government (S)
  • 2nd reading
  • returned to State & Local Government (S)
03/15/21
  • reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title)
  • floor amendments (1) and (2) filed to Committee Substitute
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 16, 2021
03/16/21
  • reported favorably, to Rules
  • 3rd reading
  • floor amendment (2) withdrawn
  • passed 33-3 with Committee Substitute (1), floor amendment (1) and committee amendment (1-title)
  • received in House
  • to Rules (H)
  • taken from Rules
  • posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) and committee amendment (1-title)
  • House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute
  • returned to the Orders of the Day
03/29/21
  • House concurred in Senate floor amendments (1) and committee amendment (1-title)
  • Bill passed 91-3
03/30/21
  • enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
  • enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
  • delivered to Governor
04/07/21
  • signed by Governor (Acts Ch. 197)

Proposed Amendments

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Amendment House Committee Substitute 1
Fiscal Impact Statements Corrections Impact to House Committee Substitute 1
Local Mandate to House Committee Substitute 1
Summary Retain the original provisions of the bill with following changes: remove Wednesday as a day for in-person absentee voting; add and amend KRS 39A.100 to remove the Governor's ability, upon recommendation of the Secretary of State, to declare by executive order a different manner for holding elections in an election area for which a state of emergency has been declared; add and amend KRS 118.176 to expand the class of candidates that can be challenged by a bona fide court action; add and amend KRS 118.367 to change the filing deadline for an independent, political organization, or political group candidate from the last Tuesday in January to April 1.
Index Headings Secretary of State - Change in filing deadline for certain candidates
Secretary of State - Prohibit Governor from changing the manner of an election, emergency executive order
Secretary of State - Bona fide candidates, expansion of class of candidates that can be challenged
Corrections Impact - Voting by incarcerated persons charged with crime
Local Mandate - Filing deadline for certain candidates, change in
Governor - Prohibit from changing the manner of an election during an emergency
County Clerks - Change in filing deadline for certain candidates
Elections and Voting - Change in filing deadline for certain candidates
Elections and Voting - Prohibit Governor from changing the manner of an election, emergency executive order
Elections and Voting - Bona fide candidates, expansion of class of candidates that can be challenged

Amendment House Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor J. Nemes
Summary Amend KRS 116.066 to specify that there shall be a minimum of one voting location for every 75,000 voters in a county.
Index Headings Counties - Voting centers, 75,000 voters, minimum of one
Counties of 75,000 or More - Voting centers, minimum of one
Elections and Voting - Voting centers, 75,000 voters, minimum of one

Amendment House Floor Amendment 2
Sponsor P. Stevenson
Summary Add and amend KRS 116.035 to allow a person who is homeless and lacks an established and fixed nighttime residence of regular return an option to choose a fixed address of a non-traditional place of residence for purposes of voting.
Index Headings County Clerks - Residence for purposes of voting, persons who are homeless, establishment
Elections and Voting - Residence for purposes of voting, persons who are homeless, establishment
Secretary of State - Residence for purposes of voting, persons who are homeless, establishment
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, residence for purposes of voting, persons who are homeless, establishment

Amendment House Floor Amendment 3
Sponsor B. Wheatley
Summary Amend KRS 117.085 to require no excuse in-person absentee voting to occur on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the two weeks immediately preceding a primary or an election.
Index Headings County Clerks - In-person absentee voting, increase in the number of days permitting
Elections and Voting - In-person absentee voting, increase in the number of days permitting
Secretary of State - In-person absentee voting, increase in the number of days permitting
State Agencies - State Board of Education, in-person absentee voting, increase in the number of days permitting

Amendment House Floor Amendment 4
Sponsor B. Wheatley
Summary Amend KRS 116.045 to make the voter registration deadline 14 days before a primary, special, or general election.
Index Headings Counties - Elections, voter registration, 14 day deadline
Elections and Voting - Voter registration, 14 day deadline

Amendment Senate Committee Substitute 1
Fiscal Impact Statements Corrections Impact to Senate Committee Substitute 1
Local Mandate to Senate Committee Substitute 1
Summary Retain the provisions of the bill with the following changes: require the secure online mail-in absentee ballot request portal to open no more than 45 days before a primary or an election; amend KRS 132.017 to prohibit local, state, and federal tax dollars from being used to advocate, in partial terms, for or against any public question that appears on the ballot that relates to a tax rate by a district board of education; create a new section of KRS Chapter 120 to provide for an automatic recount in elections of constitutional officers, members of Congress, and members of the General Assembly when the vote margin is 0.5% or less; amend KRS 118.775 relating to membership in the General Assembly to conform; amend KRS 120.185 to provide for a recount in elections of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, members of Congress, and members of the General Assembly when an automatic recount does not apply; amend KRS 120.195, 120.205, and 120.215 to establish procedures for any election contest involving the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and members of the General Assembly, including a mechanism to ensure the integrity of the election records and a chain of custody of election records if transported; provide who shall conduct a recount as part of an election contest and the procedures to be followed; provide the time frame for a newly ordered election; and amend KRS 117.295, 118.740, 120.017, and 120.155 to conform; APPROPRIATION.
Index Headings Appropriations - Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements prescribed
County Clerks - Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements prescribed
County Clerks - Mail-in absentee ballot secure online portal, time of opening
Elections and Voting - Automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements prescribed
Elections and Voting - Mail-in absentee ballot secure online portal, time of opening
Elections and Voting - Prohibition of tax dollars, public question, district board of education, tax rate
Secretary of State - Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements prescribed
Secretary of State - Mail-in absentee ballot secure online portal, time of opening
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements prescribed
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, mail-in absentee ballot secure online portal, time of opening
Corrections Impact - Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements, mail-in ballot portal
Local Mandate - Elections, automatic recount, certain candidates, requirements, mail-in ballot portal

Amendment Senate Committee Amendment 1
Sponsor D. Thayer
Summary Make title amendment.
Index Headings Title Amendments - HB 574/GA

Amendment Senate Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor D. Thayer
Summary Amend KRS 117.066 to require the county board of elections to petition the State Board of Elections before being allowed to consolidate a precinct for a vote center; and petition requirements prescribed.
Index Headings Elections and Voting - Petition requirement, consolidation of precincts, submission to State Board of Elections, approval
Secretary of State - Petition requirement, consolidation of precincts, submission to State Board of Elections, approval
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, consolidation of precincts, petition submitted for approval
County Clerks - Petition requirement, consolidation of precincts, submission to State Board of Elections, approval

Amendment Senate Floor Amendment 2
Sponsor J. Adams
Summary Amend KRS 117.066 to require that, if approved, there shall be a minimum of one voting location for every 75,000 voters in a county.
Index Headings Counties of 75,000 or More - Voting centers, minimum of one
County Clerks - Voting centers, minimum of one, 75,000 voters per county
Elections and Voting - Voting centers, minimum of one, 75,000 voters per county
Secretary of State - Voting centers, minimum of one, 75,000 voters per county
State Agencies - State Board of Elections, voting centers, minimum of one, 75,000 voters per county

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