2016 General Assembly
Here are the bills we have been emphasizing this legislative session.
For additional bills we are tracking because of their impact on the family, click here. For the latest updates
House Bill 364 – THE STUDENT PRIVACY ACT
This bill authorizes accommodations for the student with gender identity issues AND will guarantee privacy rights for all others.
Under this Act, administrators would determine how best to accommodate all students except they would not be allowed to place students of opposite biological sex in the same bathroom, locker room or overnight accommodation at the same time.
Senate Bill 15 – THE STUDENT FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ACT
This bill would prevent schools from infringing on the basic First Amendment rights of students in classroom assignments and speeches, and would require schools to grant religious student groups access to public forums in the same way they grant access to all other groups.
The bottom line is that this bill would list students’ rights, giving them protection from school officials or outside groups who talk about diversity, but who actually practice intolerance.
UPDATE: This bill cleared the Senate on Feb. 4 with a bipartisan vote of 31 to 2.
Senate Bill 180 – THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY/RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE ACT
Across America, Religious Liberty and Rights of Conscience have been intensely under attack for more than two decades . . . and especially in 2015. To stop the onslaught, this bill underscores the underlying premise of the First Amendment – in particular, the “free exercise” of religion and its undergirding of the rights of conscience. By so doing, it is an effort to properly apply Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation” that he proposed in order to keep government out of a citizen’s free exercise of their faith.
Senate Bill 4 – A 1998 informed consent law was mischaracterized to allow abortionists to give a “one-size-fits-all” tape-recorded message on the phone. This bill would restore the original intent of the 1998 law by requiring a face-to-face consultation 24 hours prior to an abortion.
UPDATE: Only one day after Senate Bill 4 became the first bill to pass out of the Kentucky legislature this year, Gov. Bevin signed it into law on Feb. 2!
In a floor speech, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said they had “waited 12 long years for the House to agree with the Senate on pro-life language that will save the lives of the unborn. Today… we will give voice to those who can not speak for themselves.”
Senate Bill 7 – After the discovery of Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts for profit, this bill underscores the principle that public funds should not be given in any way to organizations that provide abortion services.
UPDATE: This bill cleared the Senate on Feb. 2 with a bipartisan vote of 33 to 5.
Senate Bill 25 – This bill bans the sale of fetal body parts in Kentucky. It is in response to the video revelations from last year, demonstrating that Planned Parenthood was profiting from the deliberate harvesting of body parts taken from aborted fetuses.
UPDATE: This bill cleared the Senate on Jan. 27 with a bipartisan vote of 36 to 2.
Senate Bill 152 – This is a common-sense Ultrasound Bill that simply lets the patient see all the hi-tech information that patients in all other surgeries are offered. The House has repeatedly killed all Ultrasound bills for more than a decade. Kentucky’s two abortion clinics advertise that they do ultrasounds already . . . so why won’t they let their patient see it?
Senate Bill 212 – This bill requires abortion facilities to comply with licensure and certificate of need standards required for certain ambulatory surgical centers. It also also requires a healthcare practitioner with admitting privileges at an acute care hospital within 50 miles of the abortion facility.
UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate on March 9th with a vote of 32-5.
House Bill 257 – This bill bars the dismemberment of an unborn child and it provides for the humane disposal of the fetal remains. The bill has 56 co-sponsors, manifesting to all that if the bill is brought to the House Floor, it will pass.