If you only have time to call about a few bills, here's a list of what we're watching closely this week. There are more bills this week because several new bills were recently filed.
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SUPPORT THESE BILLS
- HB617 - Alternative to Marsy's Law that would not permanently change the Kentucky Constitution, would protect due process, and would actually help victims.
- HB563 - Gives discretion to adjust punishments for people with multiple felony convictions. There is currently no discretion, creating some of the harshest penalties in the entire country.
- SB154 - Bans the use of the death penalty against people with severe mental illness.
- SB235 - Gives juries the discretion to adjust punishments to better fit a crime when sentencing guidelines are too harsh.
- HB552 - Requires law enforcement to consider all other alternatives before putting a probationer or parolee back in jail or prison.
OPPOSE THESE BILLS
- SB90 - Allows any healthcare worker to deny care for any reason that violates their 'conscience.' This could range from a pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription for birth control, to a receptionist refusing to schedule an appointment for an LGBTQ person.
- HB67 - Amends the Kentucky Constitution to ban abortion and prohibit insurance providers from covering the procedure.
- SB1, Family Separation Bill - Bill that would tear Kentucky families apart, force some public employees to enforce federal immigration law, undermine local law enforcement, and expose counties to costly lawsuits.
- SB15, Marsy's Law - Permanently changes the Kentucky Constitution, undermine due process and doing nothing to help victims of crime.
- HB370, HB451, and SB9 - Targets abortion providers with regulations that are politically-motivated, burdensome, and do not improve patient safety. These are known as TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers).
- SB62 - Permanently changes Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights to only some people with past convictions and require additional waiting periods for those whose rights are restored.
- SB143 - Blurs line between church and state by directing every school district to establish a moment of silence at the commencement of each day in all public schools.
- HB557 - Expands powers of school resource officers - who are already required to be armed with a firearm - to go beyond school facilities.