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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, advanced closer to its final passage today with approval by the House Health and Family Services Committee. SB 148 will begin to simplify the planning and zoning process for home-based small businesses that offer a regulated child care option to up to six unrelated children in their community. This measure is an important step to strengthen local options for families [...]

By |2021-03-05T13:02:50-05:00March 5th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org         LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky House of Representatives emphasized their commitment to prioritizing survivors of child abuse with today’s passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “With around one-third of all child sexual assault victims being under the age of 12, many children lack the capacity to understand what has happened to them and articulate it. By empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through [...]

By |2021-03-05T10:11:03-05:00March 5th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Innovative Solutions to Address the Digital Divide

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide for Kentucky kids and their families. Thank you to our panelists: Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, Alicia Sells from Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, and Ben Reno-Weber from the Greater Louisville Project. Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for supporting the Making Kids Count podcast. Visit AetnaMedicaidKY.com/choose to learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with [...]

By |2021-03-04T15:04:42-05:00March 4th, 2021|Podcast|

2021 Other Legislative Item House Bill 348

Other Legislative Item House Bill 348 Establish Broadband Deployment Fund  Summary HB 348 would establish the broadband deployment fund in the Office of Innovation within the Department of Agriculture to work towards efforts around the last-mile of broadband for homes and businesses. Status HB 348 is sponsored by Representative Phillip Pratt and has passed the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Passed House Committee

By |2021-03-03T17:42:55-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Bill Tracker|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org       LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the House Judiciary Committee demonstrated their support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse with passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “The data tells us that one in four girls and one in thirteen boys will experience sexual abuse at some point in their childhood, and there are numerous, complex reasons that some children don’t disclose their abuse right away. HB [...]

By |2021-03-03T12:26:50-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 36 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With today’s passage of Senate Bill 36 by the House Judiciary Committee, Kentucky is one step closer to a more efficient and effective juvenile justice system that holds kids accountable, helps them grow up to become contributing members of their community, and increases public safety. SB 36, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, seeks to expand court discretion [...]

By |2021-03-03T12:12:12-05:00March 3rd, 2021|News Room, Race Equity, Youth Justice|

World Hearing Day 2021: A Reminder for Parents and Guardians

By Danielle Hempel, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates For many people, the five basic senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) are not something they give much thought to. However, for those with hearing loss, it is something most of us think about everyday, including myself.   After suffering from tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, since childhood, I was finally diagnosed with asymmetrical hearing loss when I was 22, joining nearly 700,000 Kentucky residents who are deaf or hard of hearing (HOH). For me, it was almost hard to [...]

By |2021-03-02T12:36:57-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Blog, Health|

2021 Other Legislative Item House Bill 492

Other Legislative Item House Bill 492 Strengthen Services and Supports for Families Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment Summary HB 492 would establish custodial, permanency, and service options to a relative or fictive kin caregiver and ensure a Cabinet for Health and Family Services employee can request separate counsel whenever that employee is required to be in court, among other items. Status HB 492 is sponsored by Representative David [...]

By |2021-03-01T17:39:02-05:00March 1st, 2021|Bill Tracker|

2021 Other Legislative Item House Bill 294

Other Legislative Item House Bill 294 Support Maternal Mental Health Summary HB 294 would require all hospitals or alternative birthing centers offering obstetric services or licensed health care providers, including nurse midwives or certified professional midwives, to provide each maternity patient with information on maternal depression and available resources. It would also require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to post on its website information about providers who assist with maternal [...]

By |2021-03-01T17:45:47-05:00March 1st, 2021|Bill Tracker|

2021 Other Legislative Item House Bill 126

Other Legislative Item House Bill 126 Take Steps to Minimize Impact of Parental Incarceration Summary HB 126 would focus incarceration on those who pose a risk or a threat to public safety by increasing the felony threshold for theft and fraud offenses to $1,000. Status HB 126 is sponsored by Representative Ed Massey. It has passed the Kentucky House and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Passed KY [...]

By |2021-03-01T16:52:46-05:00March 1st, 2021|Bill Tracker|
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