There were four legislative days scheduled last week but the weather forced cancellation of those days so they have been rescheduled for March. While the General Assembly and schools were canceled and many business were closed, the road crews were working day and night to clear our roads. I want to thank them and share my appreciation of law enforcement and emergency responders for braving the cold weather and icy conditions to protect and serve our community.
Since there wasn’t any legislation to discuss for the week, I thought it would be a good time to discuss a few of my bills. In earlier updates I discussed House Bills 6 and 360. This week I will discuss the other bills that I have filed. House Bills 161, 216, and 242 were all filed in January while House Bills 471 and 472 were filed on February 10.
House Bill 161 would prohibit administrative bodies from declaring and enforcing regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic without first consulting the General Assembly. Additionally, it would also nullify select emergency administrative regulations related to COVID-19 that were filed without an accompanying ordinary administrative regulation.
House Bill 216 would prohibit the payment of public agency funds to any entity that performs, induces, refers for, or counsels in favor of abortions. I have filed this bill before, but no action has been taken on it.
House Bill 242 would prohibit local governments from adopting sanctuary policies and would establish hearing procedures for determination of sanctuary status. It would withhold state funds from sanctuary cities or counties and prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from enrolling, employing, or contracting with illegal aliens. It would also require postsecondary educational institutions to keep records of immigration status, withhold state funds from postsecondary educational institutions that enroll, employ, or contract with illegal aliens, and limit who may be considered a Kentucky resident for in-state tuition purposes. This is another bill that I have filed for several years but again, no action has been taken on it.
House Bill 471 is the Save Women’s Sports Act. It would prohibit male students in elementary and high schools from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as girls’. It would require postsecondary education institutions to designate all intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, activities, sports, and events that are sponsored or authorized by the institution to be coed or based on biological sex of students eligible to participate. It would require that a postsecondary education institution prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as womens’ and require that postsecondary education institutions prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as womens’. Furthermore, it would not allow male students to participate in a National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or National Junior College Athletic Association womens’ event in the Commonwealth.
House Bill 472 would extend the criminal statute of limitations for misdemeanor sex offenses against minors from 5 to 10 years and amend the law relating to civil actions arising from childhood sexual assault or abuse. It would apply to direct perpetrators as well as third-party individuals or corporate entities who may be criminally liable for the criminal act of those perpetrators so that punishment would be more severe. Child sexual abuse is abominable and a stain on the Commonwealth and it must be dealt with more seriously than it has in the past. I have filed this bill for several years and it was passed out of the House last year but died in the Senate.
As always, thank you for reading my updates and thank you for contacting me with your concerns and thoughtful suggestions. It is a privilege to represent you in the Kentucky House of Representatives and your input helps me make decisions that best represent the views of the Fourth District. I may be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 800- 372- 7181, directly at 502- 564- 8100, by visiting the Kentucky Legislature Home page at legislature.ky.gov and clicking on the Legislature button and then the contact a member link, or by mail to the Capitol Annex -Frankfort, KY 40601.