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KY lawmakers immediately override Governor Beshear’s veto of bill restricting rental laws

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives has overridden Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of a controversial bill that would overturn Lexington’s recent ban on income discrimination.

The House voted 76-19 on Wednesday to override the veto of House Bill 18, which was signed by Beshear just a day earlier.

The Senate has not yet taken up the veto override, but has already announced a press conference “in response to the House and Senate overruling of Governor Andy Beshear’s dismissal of the rights of property owners in Kentucky,” which there is little doubt about what the Senate intends to do.

It was the Democratic governor’s first veto of the 2024 General Assembly, and likely not his last. Likewise, Republican lawmakers have a veto-proof supermajority and are expected to override it as well.

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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted in February to ban discrimination against people who use vouchers and other forms of income to pay for housing, after months of debate and public meetings.

The ban would not require landlords to accept vouchers, but would prevent them from including discriminatory language in their listings and advertisements.

The ban in Lexington was supposed to go into effect March 1, but city attorneys told the council that the Lexington-Fayette Human Rights Commission would not be enforcing the ban due to the passage of HB 18.

Lexington and Louisville passed source-of-income bans after people with federal housing vouchers found it difficult to find landlords willing to take vouchers. In Louisville, a ban on sources of income has been in place since 2020.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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