Kentucky's outdated felony theft threshold is ballooning the state's prison populations, far behind surrounding states, and forcing many people to carry overly harsh consequences for years.

The felony theft threshold is the dollar amount of a theft that determines whether a person is charged with a misdemeanor or felony, and at what level. ​The threshold for a felony conviction is $500, far behind surrounding states. The threshold in Texas is $1,5000.

House Bill 126 would increase Kentucky's threshold to $1,000. This is a step in the right direction that would get Kentucky's laws more in line with inflation and reduce the number of overly harsh convictions. 

Bill Movement:

  • Pre-filed: 12/10/20
  • Introduced: 1/05/21
  • Passed House Committee: 2/3/21
  • Passed House: 2/10/21 (Vote: 63-24)
  • Accepted by Senate: 2/10/21
  • Passed Senate Committee: 3/4/21
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A


C. Massey, A. Bowling, J. Miller, J. Nemes




2021 General Assembly

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