Crimes and Punishments


Abortion, pregnancy result of rape or incest, decriminalization

Abortion, incompatible with life outside the womb, decriminalization

Abortion, lethal fetal abnormality, decriminalization

Abortion, lethal fetal anomaly, decriminalization

Abortion, prior to viability, removal of criminal penalties

Affirmative defense, individual-directed end-of-life care

Aggravating circumstances, abuse of a corpse

Agricultural operation interference, Class B misdemeanor

Alcoholic beverages, sale to underage persons, aid or assistance in, enhanced penalties

Alcoholic beverages, sale to underage persons, enhanced penalties

Animal cruelty, penalties, enhancement

Assault in the third degree, offense against person employed by or under contract with a hospital

Assault in the third degree, offense against person in or on the premises

Assault in the third degree, offense against person in or on the premises of health care settings

Attorney providing legal assistance under KRS Chapter 31, accepting fees, penalty reduction

Automated license plate reader, utilization, restriction

Automatic transfer, modify provisions

Automatic transfer of children, consultation between county attorney and Commonwealth's attorney

Automatic transfer of juveniles for trial as adults, limit to cases in which firearm is discharged

Automatic transfer, remove provisions

Behavioral health conditional dismissal program, eligible individual, addition

Campaign consultant, failure to register, Class D felony

Campaign finance, forms, failure to file, false information, penalty, Class D felony

Cannabis, constitutional amendment, limited possession and sale, decriminalization

Cannabis, personal use quantity, decriminalization

Cannabis trafficking, personal use quantity, exemption

Carjacking, creation of offense

Carjacking, require that person act without lawful authority

Charitable bail organizations, prohibition, exceptions

Child sex dolls, intent to distribute, possession of more than one doll

Child sex dolls, prohibition

Citizens Redistricting Commission, influence or accepting of influence, prohibition

Civil cause of action, wrongful conviction, recovery

Class C or D felon, imprisonment in a local jail, discretionary

College applications, criminal history questions, ban

Communications system to procure a minor for prohibited activities, enhanced penalties

Constitutional amendment, slavery and involuntary servitude, prohibition

Coopers and red-tailed hawks, taking and possession, fines and penalties

Corrections impact statements, additional requirements

Criminal conspiracy with a minor, same penalty

Criminal littering, cigarettes, inclusion within definition

Criminal mischief, sections, removal

Criminal offenses, armed with a firearm, penalty enhancement

Crisis aversion and rights retention order, violations

Cruelty to animals in the first degree, additional elements

Cruelty to animals in the first degree, forfeiture of animals

Death penalty, replacement with life imprisonment without parole

Deep fake, dissemination, unlawful, exceptions

Deep fake, unlawful dissemination, criminal penalty

Dependency, neglect, and abuse reports, removal of requirement of malice in false report

Destruction of confiscated firearms used in a homicide, require upon request of victim's family

Destructive device, booby trap device, definitions, exemptions

Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, parole eligibility

DNA, sample collection at arraignment, requirement

Driving under the influence under the age of 21, penalties, enhancement

Drug overdose, person seeking help, arrest or probation or parole revocation, prohibition

Drug paraphernalia, cannabis accessory, possession

Eligibility for probation and parole, offenses involving a firearm, limit

Employee voting leave, requirements for employers, penalties

E-poll book, election administration information system, tamper or destroy, penalty, Class D Felony

Evidence-based programs, requirement

Expungement, automatic process for eligible felony and misdemeanor convictions

Extreme risk protection order, Kentucky Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List, violation

Felony involving a firearm, age 15 or older, confinement in a juvenile facility

Felony involving a firearm, age 15 or older, transfer back to District Court

Fines and fees, annual report, penalties, requirement

Firearms, ammunition capacity, possession

Firearms, ammunition capacity, regulation

Firearms, assault weapons, possession

Firearms, comprehensive regulation

Firearms, individuals in crisis, purchase or possession, noncompliance, penalty

Firearms, modified weapon, possession, under 21

Firearms, modified weapon, transfer, under 21

Firearms, voluntary restriction list, requirements, violations

Firearms, waiting period

Fleeing and evading, amend

Fleeing or evading, aggravated

Fleeing or evading police in the first degree, penalty enhancement

Fleeing or evading police in the second degree, penalty enhancement

Fleeing or evading police in the third degree, creation of offense

Gender-neutral language, inclusion

Harboring a vicious animal, ownership

Hate crime, characteristics of victim

Health care provider, criminal liability, immunity

Health care provider, liability protection

Health care provider, providing health services, criminal liability, immunity

Highway work zones, traffic offenses, license revocation

Highway work zones, traffic offenses, penalties

Highway work zones, traffic offenses, worker present, requirement

Home incarceration, eligibility requirements

Home incarceration, victims and concerned citizens, appeals process

Human trafficking, penalty enhancement

Human trafficking, victims, vacation of conviction

Impersonating a peace officer, firearm, penalty enhancement

Incest, sexual contact, Class D felony

Incest, sexual contact, under 12 years old, Class C felony

Interference with a legislative proceeding in the first degree, Class A misdemeanor

Interference with a legislative proceeding in the second degree, Class B misdemeanor

Interrogation of children, requirements

Intimidation, harassing communications

Intoxicating hemp products, driving under the influence, prohibition

Involuntary commitment, restore language from original bill

Jury sentencing, criminal conviction, abolishment

Juvenile proceedings, open to public

Keep Kentucky Free of Litter fund, littering convictions

Key infrastructure assets, use of unmanned aircraft systems, on the property

Knives longer than three inches in school, prohibition

Knowingly engaging in geoengineering activities, Class D felony, $500,000 civil penalty

Law enforcement referrals to services, require

Law enforcement wiretap, compliance with federal law

Lawsuit, waiver, sovereign and governmental immunity

Local juvenile restorative justice advisory committee, requirement

Manslaughter in the first degree, distribution of fentanyl

Manslaughter in the second degree, distribution of controlled substance

Marijuana convictions, expungement

Marijuana intoxication, per se limit, creation

Marijuana, possession, cultivation, or trafficking, penalties for certain amounts

Misdemeanor expungement, automatic process

Misdemeanor marijuana convictions, expungement

Monetary amount of damage to qualify for criminal mischief offenses, reduction

Money bail, restriction to certain high-risk defendants

Murder, inclusion of sale of fentanyl

Murder of a first responder, creation of offense

No motor vehicle insurance, penalties

Notification of homeless shelter or other lawful place, require

Obstruction of audit of interlocal cooperative board; misdemeanor

Occupational license, public employment, prior conviction, application, criteria

Operating a school vehicle to transport a student without a valid driver's license, Class D Felony

Order of protection, workplace violence, requirements, establishment

Orders of protection, second or subsequent violation, Class D felony

Ownership of real property, prohibition

PACE service providers, employee, background checks

Pardons and commutations, Governor's ability, limitation

Parent or guardian, attendance at court hearings, requirement

Parole Board, grant of parole, requirement

Penal Code Reform Task Force, membership, County/Judge Executive Association, addition

Penal Code Reform Task Force, membership, Magistrates and Commissioners, addition

Persistent felony offender, jury discretion for an enhanced penalty

Persistent felony offender, requirements

Possession of a handgun by a minor, enhanced penalty

Possession of destructive or booby trap device, intent requirement, removal, penalty increase

Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, computer-generated image

Postincarceration supervision, attempted sex crimes

Postincarceration supervision, child pornography offenses

Postincarceration supervision, conviction for child pornography offenses

Postincarceration supervision, human trafficking

Probation and parole, prohibition, crimes committed with illegal firearms

Prohibit kickbacks, state employees, penalties, exemptions

Promoting contraband, deadly weapon, penalty enhancement

Promoting contraband, fentanyl, penalty enhancement

Promoting human trafficking, definition

Promoting human trafficking, penalty enhancement

Rape in the first degree, Class A felony

Rape in the first degree, victim under 12 years old, capital offense

Rape in the third degree, position of authority or special trust, victim under 12, Class C felony

Rape, person in position of authority or special trust, enhanced penalty

Religious freedom, exceptions

Religious freedom, government, define

Religious freedom, protection, relief available

Religious freedom, substantially burden, define

Requirements to vote, constitutional amendment

Restoration of voting rights and civil rights, automatic, constitutional amendment

Retired peace officers, cold cases, contract

Risk protection order, violation, Class A misdemeanor

Sale or manufacture of cultivated meat, prohibition, penalties

Sentence enhancement for violent felonies, removal

Sentencing, consecutive indefinite terms of imprisonment, extended term, circumstances allowing

Sentencing for violent felonies, enhancement

Serious physical injury, definition, inclusion of certain relationships

Sex crime, definition, child sex doll offenses

Sex crime, definition, distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance

Sex crime, definition, distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor

Sex crime, participation in medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment

Sex offender, social media use, display of full legal name

Sex offenders, residing within 3,000 feet of specific locations, prohibitions

Sexual abuse in the first degree, victim under 12 years old, capital offense

Sexual assault, pregnancy, victim benefits, provision

Sexual assault, resultant birth of child, victim benefits, provision

Sexual exploitation, computer-generated images

Sexual exploitation of minors, digitally altered images of minors

Sexual exploitation of minors, inclusion of computer-generated image in definition of matter

Sexual extortion, Class C felony, elements

Sexual extortion, Class D felony, elements

Sexual offenses, procuring minors through communications systems, penalty enhancement

Sexually transmitted disease, testing, criminal penalty

Sodomy in the first degree, Class A felony

Sodomy in the first degree, victim under 12 years old, capital offense

Sodomy in the fourth degree, repeal

Sodomy in the third degree, position of authority or special trust, victim under 12, Class C felony

Sodomy, person in position of authority or special trust, enhanced penalty

Specialized treatment program for violent offenders, completion prior to parole

Status offense, possession and use of tobacco and other nicotine products by minors, penalties

Terroristic threatening, workplaces and gatherings of 3 or more persons

Theft by deception of rental property, timing requirement

Theft by unlawful taking, aggregation

Theft of a motor vehicle, creation

Theft of services, rental agreements, property

Theft of wages, prohibition

Thefts, aggregate timeframe, increase

Torture of dog or cat, definition

Torture of dog or cat, definitions

Torture of dog or cat, penalty, increase

Travel across state lines, health services, human trafficking

Travel into the Commonwealth to engage in a sexual offense, Class D felony

Treatment center, chemical dependency, recovery residence, court order violation, notification

Treatment center, chemical dependency, recruitment rules, Medicaid restrictions

Trespass upon, e-poll book, election administration system, penalty

Trespass upon key infrastructure assets, Class B misdemeanor

Trespass, use of purple paint marks to provide notice

Unlawful camping, exempt sleeping in automobile

Unlawful camping provisions, deletion

Unlawful storage of a firearm, prohibition

Unlawfully providing a handgun to a minor, penalty enhancement

Vintage distilled spirits sellers, criminal offenses, removal

Violation of a protective order, removal from bill

Violation of order of protection, enhanced penalty, require violent conduct

Violence reduction program, participation as a condition of probation or parole

Violent offender, add qualifying offenses

Violent offender, arson offenses

Violent offender, attempted commission of violent offense

Violent offender, burglary offenses

Violent offender, Class C felony violation of wanton endangerment

Violent offender, conviction for child pornography offense

Violent offender, conviction for child pornography offenses

Violent offender, crimes committed while armed with a firearm

Violent offender, felony that causes death or serious physical injury

Violent offender, incest by sexual contact

Violent offender, offense involving use of a firearm or deadly weapon

Violent offender, promoting contraband, Class B felony violation

Violent offender, strangulation in the first degree

Voting rights for felons, constitutional amendment

Wanton endangerment, enhanced penalty for discharging a firearm

Wanton endangerment in the first degree, discharge of a firearm, Class C felony violation

Wanton endangerment, remove provisions relating to

Youthful offender, offenses involving a firearm, Circuit Court transfer back to District Court

Youthful offender, offenses involving a frearm, Circuit Court transfer


Last updated: 4/22/2024 3:57 PM (EDT)