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Kentucky: Bills advance to protect religious liberty in Kentucky General Assembly


SB 158 Clears Senate with Bi-Partisan Vote: 34 – 4; “Amish Bill” Nearing Passage | Catholic Conferen
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Senate Bill 158 – an Act related to the right of religious liberty – cleared the Kentucky Senate today with strong bi-partisan support. With a vote of 34 – 4 in support the bill now heads for the House where it will await assignment to a committee. The language of this bill is primarily drawn from t…

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Kentucky: Contact Ky State Representatives

Contact Ky State Representatives: 1 800 372 7181; urge support for HCR 173 by voting YES when it reaches the House floor. Ask also that a message be sent to all House Leadership members: bring HCR 173 to the floor for a vote by March 16.


House resolution calls for task force on death penalty
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Catholics asked to contact their legislators; vote expected this week. By MARNIE McALLISTER Record Assistant Editor The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution March 12 that would …

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Kentucky: Conference Supports SB 158

Conference supports SB 158


Panel approves religious freedom amendment
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Kentucky courts would have to let people opt out of obeying some laws that run counter to their religious beliefs if a constitutional amendment that passed a Senate committee Wednesday becomes law.

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Kentucky: Abolition Bill, SB 63, Up For Hearing March 1

Abolition Bill, SB 63, Up For Hearing March 1. PLEASE JOIN US IN FRANKFORT NEXT THURSDAY http://conta.cc/xkbNSA


Abolition Bill, SB 63, Up For Hearing March 1. PLEASE JOIN US IN FRANKFORT NEXT THURSDAY

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Kentucky: House passes bill to let Amish replace safety triangles

I hope the Senate takes this up and amends it with language from SB 75 which, in the long run, provides more safety features and respects the religious rights of the Amish. HB 133 is good, but could be better.


House passes bill to let Amish replace safety triangles
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The House passed legislation Tuesday that will allow people operating slow-moving vehicles to replace the required large orange-red safety triangles with white reflective tape.

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Kentucky: Only 24 days left in 2012 General Assembly Session


Only 24 days left in 2012 General Assembly Session | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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Several bills of interest to the Catholic Conference have begun to move from one chamber to the next; others are awaiting action in the chamber in which they were introduced. Some, we think, will not receive attention this session. Updated material appears in red and bolded type.

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Kentucky: House Bill 463 Promotes Quality Education for All Students


House Bill 463 Promotes Quality Education for All Students | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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HB 463 allows businesses to receive a 50% tax credit for contributions to either a Commonwealth school improvement fund or a qualified tuition assistance organization. The first benefits public school students by improving the quality of education in a manner to be decided by those who work in this …

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Kentucky: HB 145 Stuck in Committee: TAKE ACTION NOW!!!

HB 145 Stuck in Committee: TAKE ACTION NOW!!! PLEASE http://conta.cc/z2bBFt


HB 145 Stuck in Committee: TAKE ACTION NOW!!! PLEASE
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Kentucky: Why HB 145 is Needed

This case illustrates why HB 145, a bill to keep Kentucky from executing severely mentally ill defendants is needed. This prosecutor wanted the state to kill this defendant, but decided that since it would take so long it would not be logical to pursue the death penalty. He should not even have an opportunity to call for this severely mentally ill defendant’s death. Call 1 800 372 7181 and urge House Judiciary Chair, John Tilley, to call this bill for a hearing in his committee. The votes are there to support it.

Reaching a decision against seeking the death penalty was a tough call for Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron.

“I have struggled more than I have in any other case from the standpoint everything in my heart told me the only resolution for Ms. Coy was the death penalty,” Cohron said after the hearing. But because Kentucky rarely executes people on death row, and many death convictions are overturned, a guilty plea with a sentence of life without parole is a “logical resolution.”


Guilty but mentally ill
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A Morgantown woman pleaded guilty but mentally ill today to kidnapping and killing a pregnant woman and taking her unborn baby.

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Kentucky: Action Alert on Death Penalty

Please call 1-800-372-7181, the legislative hotline, and leave a message for House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley asking that he give HB 145 a hearing. There are more than enough committee members willing to vote YES to send this bill to the House floor.

Stop executing the mentally ill | Editorial | Kentucky.com
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The death penalty in Kentucky has come under profound and justified scrutiny.

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Kentucky: Half-Way Mark


2012 Session Nears Halfway Mark | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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As this year’s General Assembly session nears the half-way mark bills of interest to the Catholic Conference have advanced; others still stalled; some not yet introduced.

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Kentucky’s Catholic Bishops Urge Government to Honor the Constitution


Kentucky’s Catholic Bishops Urge Government to Honor the Constitution | Catholic Conference of Kentu
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The Catholic Conference of Kentucky joins our fellow bishops and other religious leaders in expressing our deep concern about the recent decision of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to require that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their emp…

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Kentucky: Payday Loan Bill Filed – Time to call

Payday Loan Bill Filed – Time to call 1-800-372-7181 and urge your House member to co-sponsor and vote for this important legislation to help Kentucky families.


Conference Supports Cap on Payday Loans | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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Take Action: Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislators to support HB 332 when they have the opportunity to vote for its passage or in a committee meeting.

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Kentucky: Legislative Update

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Coming up next week: on Wednesday, February 1, the annual “Rally for Life” will be held in the Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort, KY at 11:00 am. The Conference certainly hopes many of our Faithful Citizen Advocates will be able to join us and witness to the sanctity of human life. Featured that day will …

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Kentucky: Two Bills Clear Committees

Two bills clear committees; rally for life next week.


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Governor Beshear has announced plans to seek passage of legislation to expand gambling in Kentucky to help fund state government by asking voters to support an amendment to our Constitution that would allow this increase in gambling. Work continues between the State Senate and the Governor’s office …

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Kentucky: Bills to abolish death penalty filed

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Bills to abolish death penalty filed in Frankfort as General Assembly Opens; Please Sign Petition

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One of our strong supporters, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, has posted a video on YouTube.com featuring Jane Chiles, former Executive Director of the Conference. Jane’s nephew, Scott Johnson, was murdered in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 9, 2001.

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Kentucky: Here is a sample of the misinformation Payday Lenders plan

Here is a sample of the misinformation Payday Lenders plan to highlight during the legislative session. Much of what is said here is accurate, but key elements are not. Opponents of payday lending like the Catholic Conference and the Kentucky Council of Churches are not in competition with these loan sharks nor are we funded by anyone who is. We are not trying to run them out of business, but do want to see them regulated and their fees and other consumer costs kept to a maximum of 36%. In 2007, the Department of Defense created new regulations that fixed interest of payday loans to military members at a maximum of 36% APR. AmeriCash advance reports on its website that a $300 loan payable in 8 days with a fee of $75 represents and annual percentage rate of 1,140.63%. Whether one describes this cost as interest or fees or some other term of art, it is still outrageous to allow companies to prey on persons desperate for some money. We will work to change the law and protect Kentucky families that way Congress decided to protect those who serve in our military. It’s the fair thing to do.


Tres Watson | Payday lending foes misleading the public
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A recent letter to the editor proves that opponents of the payday lending industry are incapable of having a public policy debate based on facts and reality.

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Kentucky: Murdered in Cold Blood

MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD
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JANE CHILES, former Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, suffered the loss of her nephew, Scott Johnson, in the terror attack on the Wo…

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Kentucky: Who Speaks for Creation?

We are pleased to be publishing columns again from three very different Kentucky writers. As there is time we will add more articles from these sources.


Who Speaks for Creation? | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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Judy Bonds had her eyes opened the day her 6-year old grandson scooped up dead fish floating in the creek by her house. Something terribly wrong happened to the water due to the mine runoff originating from the coal preparation plant above Marfork Hollow where her family had lived for seven generat…

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Kentucky: The Catholic Conference will be supporting HB 70 again this session

The Catholic Conference will be supporting HB 70 again this session to allow former felons to vote and participate in our public life.


Voting Rights – Please Call In Tonight — Kentuckians For The Commonweal
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Voting Rights will be a topic of discussion on Kentucky Tonight this evening, so it would be great to get some KFTC members to call or email in with some good questions. You can email in your questions in advance at kytonight@ket.org or tune in at 7pm EST to KET. We’ll post a video of the program …

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Kentucky: New Issue of Witness


New Issue of WITNESS Published | Catholic Conference of Kentucky
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The Fall 2011 issue of WITNESS is now available online. In addition to the article about “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” there are articles by Ms. Leisa Schulz, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville, about handing on our Faith as catechists and by Deacon Frank V…

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Kentucky: Conference Will Support Payday Lender Legislation

The Catholic Conference will support legislation that helps poor persons break out of the debt trap payday lenders entice them into. This decision of the Baptist community is the right decision. It is usurious and the state of Kentucky should put big roadblocks in place to keep companies from preying on our brothers and sisters.

Payday lender curbs backed
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Kentucky’s largest religious denomination joined Tuesday in a growing call for regulations on payday lenders, saying such loans cost the annual equivalent of nearly 400 percent in interest and amount to ‘usury’ decried in the Bible.

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Kentucky: Man Freed from Death Row to Speak

Please take the time to send a link of this article to your Kentucky State Representative and Kentucky State Senator, and include a request for them to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. You can find their email addresses on the Kentucky legislative research commission website: www.lrc.ky.gov. If you live in Northern KY come on out tonight and listen to Ray. Bring a legslator with you.

Man freed from Death Row to speak
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Thomas More College will host a lecture by Ray Krone, a man who spent 10 years in prison, three of those on death row, and was exonerated in 2002 when DNA evidence proved he was innocent.

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Kentucky: DP System is Broken

Is this not a broken system? “Since first being convicted in Kentucky in 1998, the Kentucky Supreme Court has returned St. Clair for either a new trial or sentencing three times, most recently in April 2010, when it upheld his conviction but overturned the death sentence.” Continuing to use the death penalty is painful for the families of victims, costly, and wastes resources that could be dedicated to other important areas of needs in Kentucky.

Jury recommends death penalty in Bullitt murder sentencing hearing
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A jury has recommended a death sentence for an inmate who escaped from an Oklahoma prison and then killed a Kentucky man in 1991. Jurors in Shepherdsville on Friday reached the decision for Michael Dale St. Clair, who had been convicted of murdering Frank Brady.

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