Bill establishes guardian program


After a long weekend observing Presidents’ Day, the Kentucky General Assembly returned to Frankfort on Tuesday, energized and ready to tackle the second half of the 2024 Regular Session with renewed enthusiasm and a few extra cups of coffee. The deadline for Senate bill filings is Wed, February 28, and the Senate will begin hearing House bills in earnest.  
The momentum picked up this week and we passed the following bills which will now be taken up by the House for further consideration. If approved, they will be delivered to the Governor’s desk to be signed, vetoed, or left to become law without a signature.
 I filed a significant piece of legislation in Senate Bill 2.  
SB 2 establishes the Kentucky Guardian program, which empowers school districts to engage employees to bolster safety and security on school premises. Beginning with the 2025-26 school year, local school boards facing challenges in meeting School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage prerequisites may contract one or more guardians.
These guardians, who may be honorably discharged military veterans, retired Kentucky state troopers, retired law enforcement officers, and former federal agents, are designated to provide temporary safety measures until certified SROs become available.
SB 2 also addresses trauma-informed care by integrating school guidance counselors,  school psychologists, social workers, SROs, and mental health service providers into a comprehensive team.
SB creates the School Mapping Data Program to be administered by the Kentucky Center for School Safety, establishing a single verified source of standardized mapping data for school campuses that will be accessible to public safety agencies to ensure efficient response to any school campus emergency.
SB 74 would establish a state maternal fatality review team to enhance the monitoring of child and maternal fatalities. It would define the team›s jurisdiction and require cooperation with an external child fatality review panel. It would also direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to publish an annual report on hospital delivery procedures starting December 1, 2024.
SB 89 would mandate the Department for Medicaid Services and any managed care organization contracted for Medicaid services to offer coverage provided by licensed certified professional midwives. The aim would be to ensure that certified professional midwifery services are included in the scope of Medicaid coverage and allow for the pursuit of federal approval when required. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services must seek federal approval if they determine it necessary to implement this coverage. 
SB 14 would address Kentucky Cosmetology Board issues and remove barriers for nail technicians. The legislation would mandate a warning notice before an immediate salon shutdown unless there’s an immediate public health threat. It would require detailed violation descriptions and specific remedies in the notice. SB 14 would also mandate administrative hearings post-emergency order for salons to resume operations. Additionally, the bill would add two new board members—an esthetician and a nail technician.
SB 45, if enacted, would establish the Kentucky Ashanti Alert System to promptly alert the public when a “missing adult” is believed to be in immediate danger of abduction or kidnapping. Developed by the Kentucky State Police (KSP), it would use existing resources like electronic highway signs and the Amber Alert System. The system would encourage law enforcement cooperation, operate within existing budgets, and activate based on KSP’s assessment for public safety and secure recovery.
SB 48 would increase the time in which two separate offenses of theft by unlawful taking must occur for the offenses to be combined and the value of the property aggregated to determine the appropriate charge.
SB 91 would streamline Kentucky driver’s licensing services establishing at least one regional office in each senatorial district by July 1, 2025. The bill would allow county clerks to choose to provide operator›s licenses or personal ID cards. It would also permit third-party entities to issue licenses, with associated costs and a potential convenience fee. Additionally, the bill would initiate a KSP pilot project for skills testing, reducing travel for high school students in five counties without a regional office. The pilot program would operate from September 1, 2024, to June 30, 2026.
SB 107 would address various transportation issues, including restricting semi-trucks from the left lane except in certain conditions, streamlining commercial vehicle registration, enforcing towing regulations, adding organ donation information to driver education, and allowing for adjustments to certain fees.
 You can find the status of legislation like this and others by calling 866-840-2835 or receiving legislative meeting information at 800-633-9650. You can also watch and follow legislative activity at and 126 would propose amending the Constitution of Kentucky to limit a governor›s ability to issue pardons or sentence commutations before an election. The aim would be to enhance accountability and prevent potential misuse of executive power during sensitive political periods. If passed by the House with the approved three-fifths majority, it would be included in a future general election ballot.
Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in the 2024 Regular Session and it is a privilege to represent you in Frankfort. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if I can assist you. You can email me at or reach my office toll-free at 1-800-372-7181.

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