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Death Penalty – Important Hearing Next Week!29 Jun

Capitol DomeNext week presents a great opportunity to express your support for ending the use of capital punishment in Kentucky. On Friday, July 6, the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Commitee on Judiciary will be holding a hearing on the death penalty, including a 30 minute presentation by Representatives Jason Nemes and Chad McCoy on why the death penalty should be abolished.

The interim joint committee includes the Judiciary Committee members from both the House and Senate, so this is a very significant opportunity.

You can help by taking one or both of the following actions.

1. If you are able to attend the hearing, please do! It will be held at 10:00 AM in Room 171 of the Capitol Annex Building in Frankfort. It will be approximately a two hour meeting, with one hour devoted to discussion of the death penalty. While there will not be an opportunity for those in attendance to testify, you will be able to show your support with your visible presence and will have the opportunity to speak to members of the committee before and after the meeting.

2. If you are not able to attend, please take a few moments to write to the members of the committee expressing your support for abolition. You can find the list of members of this committee at this link. Click on a legislator’s name for their individual contact information. If your legislator is on the committee, it is especially important that you reach out to him or her to thank them for the hearing and encourage them to support abolition. If you would like to reach out to members of the committee who do not represent your district, you can send them a letter or postcard. Click here for a list of their addresses.

Also, even if you do not live in his district, please reach out to Rep. Joe Fischer, the House Judiciary Chair, who put this topic on the agenda for this meeting. Let him know how much you appreciate his efforts to highlight the ongoing debate on this important issue.

Remember to pray for all of our legislators, that they be given wisdom and a deeper commitment to the common good.

Thank you for your continuing commitment to Faithful Citizenship!

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