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2019 Other Legislative Item House Bill 202 Prohibit Use of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

Other Legislative Item House Bill 202 Prohibit Use of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Summary House Bill 202 would protect children by ending the use of physical punishment, such as paddling, shaking, or spanking, in public schools. Status HB 202 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley. It has been assigned to the House Education Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2019-02-10T12:23:10+00:00February 10th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 158 Begin Aligning State Law with Federal Family First Prevention Services Act

Blueprint Legislative Priority Begin Aligning State Law with Federal Family First Prevention Services Act House Bill 158 would take steps to align state law with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, including modifying background checks for child serving agencies. It would also establish a bill of rights for children in foster care. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status HB 158 is sponsored by Representative [...]

By |2019-02-15T11:06:24+00:00February 5th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

The Countdown is On: Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol is February 13th!

With Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol only days away, be sure you’re registered to join hundreds of advocates and youth from across Kentucky in Frankfort on February 13th. Kentucky kids need advocates like you to speak up on their behalf on Children's Advocacy Day and throughout the 2019 Kentucky legislative session. As you prepare for Children's Advocacy Day, check these to-do items off the list: Watch the prep webinar to learn how to be confident in attending Children's Advocacy Day and advocating on [...]

2019 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 015 Clarify Background Check Requirements of Adults Working in Schools

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 15 Clarify Background Check Requirements of Adults Working in Schools Summary Senate Bill 15 would clarify background check requirements of adults working in schools to keep kids safe and relieve administrative burden. Status SB 15 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. It passed the Senate Education Committee and is awaiting a vote in the Kentucky Senate. Passed Senate Committee

By |2019-02-11T10:13:31+00:00January 28th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Other Legislative Item House Bill 068 Establish the KinCare Support Program

Other Legislative Item House Bill 68 Establish the KinCare Support Program Summary House Bill 68 would establish a program to support relative and fictive kin caregivers who have temporary or permanent custody of a child. Funding within the state budget would still be necessary. Status HB 68 is sponsored by Representative Chris Fugate. It has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2019-02-11T10:08:10+00:00January 28th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 053 Establish the KinCare Support Program

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 53 Establish the KinCare Support Program Summary Senate Bill 53 would establish a program to support relative and fictive kin caregivers who have temporary or permanent custody of a child. Funding within the state budget would still be necessary. Status SB 53 is sponsored by Senator Reginald Thomas. It has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2019-02-11T10:13:58+00:00January 28th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 031 Keep Children in Out-of-Home Care Connected to Siblings

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 31 Keep Children in Out-of-Home Care Connected to Siblings Summary Senate Bill 31 would ensure children in out-of-home care, like foster care, have frequent and ongoing interaction with their siblings in other out-of-home care placements, which better aligns state law with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. Status SB 31 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It passed the Kentucky Senate and is awaiting a [...]

By |2019-02-12T11:16:32+00:00January 28th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 020 Respond Effectively to Children Who Get in Trouble

Blueprint Legislative Priority Respond Effectively to Children Who Get in Trouble Senate Bill 20 would improve the effectiveness of the youth justice system by holding youth accountable in ways that gets them back on track and builds safer communities. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 20 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. It has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing [...]

By |2019-02-11T10:14:51+00:00January 24th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 001 Increase Student Safety

Blueprint Legislative PriorityIncrease Student SafetyHouse Bill 1 would increase student safety in Kentucky schools by increasing students' access to behavioral health services, fostering supportive learning environments, and utilizing proven strategies to address physical safety.Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. StatusHB 1 is sponsored by Representative John Bam Carney. It has been assigned to the House Education Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2019-02-11T10:15:26+00:00January 18th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

Kentucky Teens Say E-cig Use Rampant and Adults Are Unaware

A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine addiction. “Kentucky just can’t afford to addict another generation to tobacco products, and the fact that youth e-cig [...]

By |2018-12-10T16:46:38+00:00December 10th, 2018|Blog, Education, Health|