February 15, 2012
Below are the bills LWVKY is supporting this legislative session.
HB 70 – Former Felons Voting Rights bill
HB 230 – Public financing of KY Supreme Court Justice races
HB 246 – HB 167 & HB 187 Alternate energy bills
HB 145 – Against executing severely mentally retarded persons
Please let your legislators know you support these bills!
Toll free Legislative line number is 1-800-372-7181.
Leave a message for your Representative telling him/her to vote for these bills when they come up for a vote in the House. Thank you!
February 3, 2012
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Please join us for LWV Lobby Day in Frankfort Wednesday, February 15, 2012
9:30 a.m. Meet in Capitol Annex Cafeteria (basement)
11:30 a.m. Lunch with Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo (Rm 370B)
Call your legislators (1-502-564-8100) as soon as possible to make appointments between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. or after 12:30 to talk with them about the bills the League is supporting including:
HB 167 – Energy Bill,
SB 230 – Clean Elections
HB70 – Felon’s Voting Rights
Please Register and give us your lunch preference no later than Feb 10 by e-mailing or calling Nita Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-272-5827.
Box lunches (sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie & drink) are available for $7.95 (cash only please) Options: Sandwiches: Chicken salad, Tuna salad, Pimento cheese, Turkey, Ham, BLT wrap, Fried chicken wrap, Grilled chicken wrap or Veggie wrap. Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Mellow Yellow, water.
Grab your LWV pin and join us!
February 1, 2012
Update on HB 70 – The Former Felons Voting Rights Bill
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is again supporting Representative Crenshaw’s bill, HB 70, which would allow the voters of Kentucky to decide if former felons, who have paid their debt to society, should automatically have their voting rights restored. On January 24, TeenaHalbig, a former president of the League, testified in support of the bill. She suggested that one of the ways we reintegrate former felons into the community, is to allow them the most basic right of citizenship, that of the right to vote.
To enhance voting, the League makes these recommendations
• A ballot measure to consider amending the KY Constitution so that people living in the community and who have completed their sentence have their voting rights restored automatically. Allow the public vote on this issue.
• Inform prisoners about the process to apply and offer technical help with accessing records.
• Three months prior to completion of sentence, provide assistance (by volunteers from organizations or by current employees)
• Provide public education from by the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Corrections, or Office of the Courts about registering to vote after rights are restored.
On January 24 the bill was voted favorably out of Committee with bipartisan support. The bill is expected to come up for a full vote of the House very soon.
Call the Legislative Message Line (1-800-372-7181) as soon as possible and leave a message for your legislator. The line is open from 7 am to 11 pm on weekdays and until 6 pm on Fridays. The operator will ask for your name and address.
Message: “Please vote yes on House Bill 70.”
Thank you for supporting this bill.