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SB 158 Clears Senate with Bi-Partisan Vote: 34 – 4; “Amish Bill” Nearing Passage15 Mar

ACTION: CALL 1 800 372 7181 AND URGE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE YES FOR SB 158
OR USE A PREPARED EMAIL MESSAGE BY CLICKING HERE.

Senate Bill 158an Act related to the right of religious liberty – cleared the Kentucky Senate today with strong bi-partisan support. With a vote of 34 – 4 in support the bill now heads for the House where it will await assignment to a committee. The language of this bill is primarily drawn from the federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in the early 1990s by a nearly unanimous vote of the U. S. Congress (only 3 no votes) and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Since that time several states have enacted legislation to protect religious liberty at the State level.

ACTION: CALL 1 800 372 7181 AND URGE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE YES FOR SB 158
OR USE A PREPARED EMAIL MESSAGE BY CLICKING HERE.

For more information about SB 158 see our earlier post.

ACTION: CALL 1 800 372 7181 AND URGE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE YES FOR SB 75

In a related matter, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case that led to the introduction of several bills in the General Assembly to correct the situation brought on by the arrest of several members of a small Amish community in western Kentucky because of their refusal to display an orange triangle on their non-motorized buggies. Reporting on the hearing the Courier-Journal said:

Both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly have passed measures allowing the use of reflective tape instead of the triangles. The Senate measure was on the House agenda for Thursday but did not come up for a vote.

The legislation may make the Supreme Court appeal irrelevant for future buggy cases, but it could have implications for the broader question of the extent of religious freedom under the state Constitution.

House Bill 133 and Senate Bill 75 have both passed out the chamber in which each was introduced. House Bill 133 is waiting for a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee.

This week SB 75, which has already passed the Senate, was heard in the House Transportation Committee where it receive a winning vote . Since then it has been posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day, but as of today has not received that vote. If there are no additional changes, this bill, after passage on the House floor, will be sent straight to the Governor’s desk for signing. For more information see our original post about the need for this legislation.

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