No budget yet, but several bills awaiting Governor Bevin's signature

03/29/2018 12:08 PM

FRANKFORT- Despite several big issue bills left on the calendar, lawmakers have passed a slew of bills this session, some controversial, others not.

There are a couple dozen bills signed and waiting for Gov. Bevin’s signature. Pure Politics complied a list of some of the notable bills that are a pen stroke away from becoming law.

  • Senate Bill 48 – The much talked about child marriage law bill. This measure establishes a minimum age for marriage in Kentucky.

*”“Senate Bill 109”:http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/18RS/SB109.htm : The bipartisan measure expands the definition of rape. The measure changes the definition of rape and sodomy to help people who are victimized with other body parts not described under current Kentucky law.

  • House Bill 30 : This requires children to receive suicide prevention training. The measure requires all high school and middle school principals, guidance counselors, and teachers receive one hour suicide prevention training.
  • House Bill 71 : This deals with “revenge porn.” The measure makes it a misdemeanor to distribute sexually explicit images without consent.
  • House Bill 101 : Also referred to as “Jenna’s Law.” This measure states that a 16 or 17 year old is incapable of giving consent for sexual acts if the individual is 10 years or older.
  • House Bill 128 : Referred to as the Ann Klein and Fred Gross Holocaust Education Act. Requires Holocaust and other acts of genocide be taught in every public middle and high school.
  • House Bill 187 : Aims at helping students with dyslexic traits. The measure will require the Department of Education to provide public schools districts with a toolkit to guide instruction with students with dyslexia.
  • House Bill 191 : This bill drew strong opposition from online retailers. It requires a patient to go into an eye doctor for a physical exam before purchasing glasses or contact lenses.
  • House Bill 198 : Democrats claim this act is essentially an attack on Attorney General Andy Beshear and a way to prevent lawsuits against big pharma companies. This measure would set limits on contingency fees for outside counsel.

Senate Bill 3 , or Marsy’s Law was passed on a bipartisan manner early in session, this measure creates a victim’s bill of rights in the Kentucky Constitution, however since it would change the Constitution, voters must approve it in November—therefore it will not be sent to Governor Bevin.

Controversial measures House Bill 454 and House Bill 2 have passed both chambers but have not been sent to the governor’s desk, yet. HB 454 bans a common type of abortion, called dilation and evacuation, after eleven weeks of pregnancy. Governor Bevin is expected to sign the bill, but a court challenge is likely. HB2 changes the workers compensation system in Kentucky. The measure will cap benefits for injured workers at 15 years, at which point they would be able to reapply for benefits.

Several more measures will be voted on and sent to the governor’s desk before the end of session.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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