We Are Kentuckians & We Love Kentucky!
Valentine’s Day Grassroots Lobbying Week
February 14 to February 20, 2016
Showing our love and making our voices heard in the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly
Last month, a young girl named Gynnya McMillen died while in custody at Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown. Gynnya’s life mattered.
Her death has drawn national attention. There were clear violations of the safety protocols: She wasn’t checked on according to protocol. Nobody tried immediately to resuscitate her when she was found. And the night before her death, she was placed in what’s been called an “Aikido restraint” for not removing her sweatshirt.
House Bill 70, the bill proposing a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to most former felons after they have served their time, passed out of the House again this year and has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. Each year, the bill quickly passes through the House with wide bipartisan support – as it did again this year, 82-9 – only to die in the Senate. Also, some Senate leaders are insisting on adding to HB 70 an additional five-year waiting period and possibly other exclusions before voting rights would be restored.