Mara Powell

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY – Financial independence can mean the difference between a parent having to remain in an abusive relationship and leaving for their children’s and their own safety. Thankfully, with today’s passage of House Bill 83 by the Kentucky House via consent orders, the Commonwealth is one step closer to removing barriers to permanently leaving an abusive relationship. HB 83, sponsored by Representatives Nima Kulkarni and Samara Heavrin, will ensure survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or stalking are eligible to receive unemployment benefits if their reason for not working is a direct result of abuse.

We thank Representatives Kulkarni and Heavrin for championing this bipartisan measure for families impacted and the House for securing its passage today. We now call on Senate leadership to ensure HB 83 advances through the legislative process before the final gavel in April.

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