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So far Mara Powell has created 103 blog entries.

Kentucky Teens Speaking Up to End Youth Vaping Epidemic

Every child deserves to grow into a healthy adult. While youth cigarette smoking has declined in Kentucky, e-cigarette usage among children and teens surged from 2016 to 2018. Kentucky can end the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth by enacting a tax on e-cigarettes, prohibiting tobacco sales to anyone under age 21, and strengthening state investment in tobacco use prevention and cessation programming. This week, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined our many partners in the Coalition [...]

By |2020-01-16T18:17:05-05:00January 16th, 2020|Blog, Health|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 022

Blueprint Legislative Priority Create Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments House Bill 22 would eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status HB 22 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley and is awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2020-01-15T11:22:52-05:00January 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 045

Blueprint Legislative Priority Support Children’s Healthy Growth and Development Senate Bill 45 would strengthen licensed child care program standards on healthy eating and drinking, active play, and screen time. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 45 is sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll. Awaiting Committee Assignment

By |2020-01-15T11:23:11-05:00January 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 032

Blueprint Legislative Priority End the Epidemic of E-cigarette Use Among Youth House Bill 32 would enact a tax on e-cigarettes that is equal to the current tax on cigarettes to prevent e-cigarette use among youth. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status HB 32 is sponsored by Representative Jerry Miller and has been assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing [...]

By |2020-01-15T11:23:29-05:00January 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 056

Blueprint Legislative Priority Protect Kentucky Youth from E-cigarettes and Other Harmful Tobacco Products Senate Bill 56 would ensure Kentucky complies with the federal minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products and eliminate purchase, use, and possession penalties for youth up to age 21 so children and teens can grow into healthier adults. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 56 is sponsored by Senator [...]

By |2020-01-15T12:42:51-05:00January 14th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

The Countdown is On: Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol is January 23rd!

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 January 23rd. Kentucky kids need advocates like you to speak up on their behalf on Children’s Advocacy Day and throughout the 2020 Kentucky legislative session. As you prepare for Children’s Advocacy Day, check these to-do items off the list: Register for Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol so you don't [...]

Launching the 2020 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth are launching the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children's 2020 policy and state budget priorities! The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for Kentucky kids. The Blueprint stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. [...]

UPDATE: 86 percent of Kentucky school districts are now tobacco-free!

Schools, policymakers, students, parents, and health advocates celebrated a big win for student health in the 2019 Kentucky legislative session with passage of House Bill 11, which established a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy. All are celebrating again at the start of the school year as school districts are acting early to comply with HB 11. When the bill became law, only 72 of the state's 173 school districts, or 42 percent, were tobacco-free [...]

By |2019-08-29T11:19:04-05:00August 29th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

Complete Streets Make Roads Safe and Comfortable for Everyone

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 14, 2019. By Emilee McCubbins When I made the decision to go out of state for college, I knew that my heart would always pull me back to this place — Beechmont. Louisville is my hometown, but the steps of Iroquois Library is where I think of when I think of home. Traversing Woodlawn Avenue, popping into the corner store by the gazebo, and [...]

By |2019-08-14T16:51:02-05:00August 14th, 2019|Blog, Health|

The Family First Act and You!

Social workers and educators, judges and prosecutors, nonprofit leaders, state legislators, and many other advocates for Kentucky kids and families have been travelling near and far over the last few weeks to learn more about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for Kentucky families. The Family First Regional Convenings seek to share information about the federal legislation, anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:52:01-05:00June 26th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|