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Legislative Update25 Jan

 

 

Bishop Ronald Gainer addresses rally participants in 2010

Coming up next week: on Wednesday, February 1, the annual “Rally for Life” will be held in the Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort, KY at 11:00 am.  The Conference certainly hopes many of our Faithful Citizen Advocates will be able to join us and witness to the sanctity of human life. Featured that day will be sponsors of important life legislation that the Conference will be supporting.

Bills clear committees

Two bills supported by the Conference cleared committees recently: HB 70 and SB 75.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, lawmakers voted 7 – 1 to send HB 70 to the House floor. This bill proposes to change the state constitution regarding the restoration of voting rights to former felons. See our recent post on this for more details. Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your state legislators to support HB 70 when it is called for a floor vote. Or send a prepared email message to your legislators by clicking here.

The Lexington Herald-Leader published an excellent editorial on this issue asking, “Why, you might wonder, is this even an issue? Why not put a proposed amendment on the ballot and let those of us who can vote decide?”

In 1979 ,Pope John Paul II wrote in Redemptor Hominis:

Certainly the curtailment of the religious freedom of individuals and communities is not only a painful experience but it is above all an attack on man’s very dignity, independently of the religion professed or of the concept of the world which these individuals and communities have.

Senate Bill 75, and two House bills still in committee, have been filed to curtail an infringement on the right of a group of Amish to practice their beliefs. Out of concern for the safety of drivers, Kentucky law requires that slow-moving non-motorized vehicles – pulled, for example by horses – display an orange triangle on the rear of the vehicle. This symbol is offensive to the Schwartzentruber Amish because of certain religious beliefs and they have refused to display it resulting in the imprisonment of drivers of these vehicles. They do not object to the placement of reflective tape on these vehicles, an option not yet available under Kentucky law.

Senate Bill 75, as well as the two House bills still in committee, respects the religious beliefs of the Scwartzentruber Amish and provides for the safety of Kentucky drivers by allowing the option of using reflective tape on slow-moving non-motorized vehicles so they are visible to approaching cars. The Conference supports SB 75 and the two House bills still in committee. We are pleased SB 75 cleared a Senate committee unanimously on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your state senators to support SB 75 when it is called for a floor vote in the Senate chamber.

Photo: courtesy Pat Delahanty

 

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