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2020 Other Legislative Item House Bill 131

Other Legislative Item House Bill 131 Collect Data on Domestic Violence Summary HB 131 would require data collection on homicides when domestic violence is a circumstance. Status HB 131 is sponsored by Representative Regina Huff and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-02-14T15:47:20-05:00February 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Other Legislative Item House Bill 047

Other Legislative Item House Bill 47 Strengthen Statutes to Better Protect Children from Abuse Summary HB 47 would strengthen statutes regarding the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. Status HB 47 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-02-14T15:38:26-05:00February 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Other Legislative Item House Bill 259

Other Legislative Item House Bill 259 Protect Children from Accessing Firearms Summary HB 259 would require safe, secure storage of firearms to protect children. Status HB 259 is sponsored by Representative George Brown, Jr and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-02-14T15:38:09-05:00February 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Other Legislative Item House Bill 255

Other Legislative Item House Bill 255 Prohibit Cell Phone Use by Teen Drivers Summary HB 255 would prohibit youth under age 18 from using a cellphone or other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. Status HB 255 is co-sponsored by Representatives James Tipton and Steve Sheldon and is awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-02-14T15:37:53-05:00February 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 078

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 78 Protect Children on Bicycles Summary SB 78 would require children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a bicycle. Status SB 78 is sponsored by Senator Stephen Meredith and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-02-14T15:37:35-05:00February 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 092

Blueprint Legislative Priority Ensure a Permanent Home for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care  Senate Bill 92 would allowing youth transitioning out of foster care who have not been adopted to safely reunify with their birth parents by creating a path to reinstate parental rights. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 92 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and is awaiting a hearing [...]

By |2020-02-13T10:14:45-05:00February 13th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

Senator Julie Raque Adams, Majority Caucus Chair

Terry Brooks sits down with Senator Julie Raque Adams, the Majority Caucus Chair for the Kentucky Senate, for a conversation about her visit to the White House to discuss the teen vaping epidemic, 2020 state budget and revenue discussions, and other legislative priorities. Stay up-to-date on state policies that are good for kids on our bill tracker.

By |2020-02-14T10:06:27-05:00February 13th, 2020|Podcast|

Updates on the Family First Prevention Services Act and the Impact on Kentucky Kids

By Emily Anderson, Kentucky Youth Advocates inten On October 1, 2019, Kentucky began implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (FFPSA) to provide better services for families at risk of entering the child welfare system and to improve the well-being of those children that are already in foster care. In order to make the transition to this act easier, Congress has passed the Family First Transition and Support Act. The provisions of [...]

By |2020-02-11T13:10:48-05:00February 11th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement on HB 32 Passing House Appropriations and Revenue Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates E-cigarette usage among Kentucky youth has surged in recent years, putting thousands of our young people at risk of nicotine addiction, serious lung injury or disease, and other harmful health outcomes. Since advocates raised the alarm of the e-cigarette epidemic, the Kentucky legislature has demonstrated their commitment to facing it head on. The House Appropriations and Revenue emphasized [...]

By |2020-02-11T10:37:56-05:00February 11th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Senator Whitney Westerfield, Chairman of the KY Senate Judiciary Committee

Terry Brooks sits down with Senator Whitney Westerfield, who chairs the Judiciary Committee for the Kentucky Senate, in Frankfort to discuss ongoing reforms within Kentucky's criminal justice and youth justice systems as well as the intersection of those systems with the child welfare system. Since the taping of this episode, Senate Bill 87 has passed the Kentucky Senate. Stay up-to-date on state policies that are good for kids on our bill tracker. [...]

By |2020-02-07T16:15:44-05:00February 11th, 2020|Podcast|