On Monday, January 14, 2019, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announced plans to launch Kentucky’s Financial Empowerment Commission at a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda. Treasurer Ball said her office made great strides in 2018 towards improving financial literacy in Kentucky and this commission is the next step. House Bill 139, the Financial Empowerment Commission bill, would provide support to educators teaching financial literacy and would be funding by private donations and receive no state funding. Representative Jim DuPlessis of Elizabethtown is the lead sponsor. Last year, Treasurer Ball was an outspoken advocate of HB 132, which made a financial literacy course or program a high school graduation requirement. HB 139 was introduced in the House on January 9, 2019 and sent to the State Government Committee.