Legislative Update – Four Days Left!08 Mar

Only four legislative days remain in the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly Regular Session. Please take a few moments to contact your state Representative and Senator by following the instructions below or by calling 1-800-372-7181.

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Two bills of interest to CCK are still alive but need further action to ensure passage.

HB 205 – Scholarship Tax Credits – House Bill 205 has received two readings in the House, and could therefore be voted on at any time, but as yet has not been sent to the floor for a vote. Hundreds of supporters have contacted their legislators asking them to pass the bill. However, we still have more to do.  If you have not already, please take a couple of minutes of your time to call your state representative and leave them a message in support of House Bill 205. You may call at the number below, or, if you prefer email, you can click HERE and send an email to your state representative based on your address. We also need to reach out to senators, since both the Senate and House will be involved in any efforts in the closing days to pass HB 205. You may click HERE to send a message to your state senator. If you have already contacted your state representative or senator, please support this effort by encouraging three friends or family members to contact their state representatives.  Every single call or email makes a difference. 

SB 18 – Pregnant Workers Act – This bill has passed the Senate and is expected to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. If passed, it would establish clear rules for accommodations that should be made for pregnant employees in the workplace. This is both a workers rights issue as well as a pro-life issue. Economic anxiety is a significant factor in decisions to seek an abortion. A vote next week in the House will be the final step before the bill goes to the governor’s desk. Please call and leave a message for your state representative and ask them to support SB 18.

Other bills of interest are at various points in the process. Here are some highlights.

HB 148 – Would prohibit non-medically necessary abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned – Several states have passed bills in recent years to establish what their state law would be in the event Roe is overturned. Most recently, New York passed a very pro-abortion statute. HB 148 would align Kentucky with a number of other pro-life states, providing the unborn with significant legal protection automatically after a decision by the Supreme Court. This bill is currently on the Senate floor, where it is expected to be passed next week. It will then be sent to the governor, who is expected to sign it.

HB 5 – Would prohibit an abortion from being performed because of the child’s race, gender, or disability. Like HB 148, HB 5 has progressed almost all the way through the process and is expected to be sent to the governor’s desk after final passage by the Senate next week.

SB 9 – Would require a doctor, prior to an abortion, to determine if there is a fetal heartbeat and, if so, would prohibit the abortion from being performed. A final vote on the House floor is all that is needed for final passage of SB 9. That is also expected to happen next week.

SB 17 – Prevent executions of people with severe mental illness – This bill has already been reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee and could receive a vote on the Senate floor at any point this week. If passed, defendants with a diagnosed severe mental illness at the time of their offense would not be eligible to receive the death penalty. The fact that people with mental illness can be executed in Kentucky was one of the flaws in our death penalty system identified by the American Bar Association’s Assessment Team in 2011. Unfortunately, though SB 17 was reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it has not progressed further through the process and is therefore not likely to pass this session.

HB 115 – Abolition of the death penalty – This year’s abolition bill has received a record number of co-sponsors! Click on the bill number to see if your state representative has co-sponsored this bill. While we did not see HB 115 advance through the legislative process this session, we do see a growing number of legislators from both parties publicly taking a stand on this issue. That bodes very well for the future.

HB 3 – Would erect numerous unreasonable barriers to accessing public assistance. These proposals have arisen before and will likely arise again. You an access a brief overview of the bill HERE. Fortunately, the General Assembly has taken no action on HB 3 and therefore it is dead for this session.

Call 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message for your representative or senator. The operator will help you get the message to the right representative or senator based on your home address.

Thank you for your continuing commitment to Faithful Citizenship!  


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