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General Assembly Week 1 Recap08 Jan

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Final House passage of SB 5. Photo by Joyce Ostrander

The first five days of the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly are behind us, and a number of bills of interest to CCK have already advanced. You may click on the links below to read the bills and find the roll call votes to see how your senator and representative voted.

HB 2 – The “Ultrasound Bill” – HB 2 requires abortion providers to provide the opportunity to view an ultrasound to women seeking an abortion. The provider is required to offer but the woman has an affirmative right to refuse. HB 2 has passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

SB 5 – Bans abortion after 20 weeds post-fertilization. This is approximately when an unborn child is viable and when it is believed he or she can begin to feel pain. SB 5 has also passed and is on the governor’s desk.

HB 1 – “Right to Work” – This bill gives workers the “right” to work in a unionized workplace without having to join the union or pay dues. Twenty-six other states have passed similar laws. The Kentucky bishops have, for many years, expressed concern that these laws ultimately undermine the bargaining power of employees and depress wages. Bishop John Stowe of Lexington submitted written testimony in opposition to HB 1. Despite significant displays of opposition, HB 1 advanced and is also awaiting the governor’s signature.

HB 162 and SB 102 are the school choice proposal long supported by CCK. As the session moves forward, this will be a major focus of our advocacy efforts in Frankfort.

The 30-day session resumes on February 7 and will conclude in late March.

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2 Responses to “General Assembly Week 1 Recap”

  1. Sister Mary Schmuck RSM Reply

    What are CCK priorities this session, please?

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