Kentucky's outdated felony theft threshold ballooned the state's prison populations, fell far behind surrounding states, and forced many people to carry the burden of overly harsh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 was $500 before HB126, far behind surrounding states. The threshold in Texas is $2,500.

House Bill 126 will 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: 3/16/21 (Vote: 25-11)
  • Sent to Governor: 3/16/21
  • Signed into law by Governor: 3/22/21

Sponsors

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

Status

Active

Session

2021 General Assembly

Bill number

Position

Support