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Office of Senate President Pro Tem David Givens

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120

SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2015) - Life-saving, landmark legislation was achieved by the Kentucky General Assembly during the final hours of the 2015 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to combat the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout the session. This was the third consecutive year that the Senate has led the charge on a anti-heroin bill. It was a proud moment to see SB 192 finally signed into law Wednesday morning by Gov. Beshear, and it now goes into effect because of its emergency clause.

The heroin legislation will provide new tools to curb its deadly impact in our state. Penalties for dealing and trafficking increase to keep criminals off the streets and provide addicts with more resources for treatment and diversion. I pray this legislation will lessen access to heroin and, most importantly, save more lives.

Working well past midnight on the final day of the session, Senators answered a call to provide civil protection from dating violence, sexual abuse or stalking in the form of a protective order by giving final passage to House Bill 8. The bill also streamlines the process to obtain protective orders for other victims and allows an order to be expunged from someone’s record if a judge dismisses the order.

Currently, victims of dating violence in Kentucky must file criminal charges against their partner in the hope of preventing ongoing abuse. Only victims who are married to, have a child with, or live with their abuser can seek civil protection from dating violence or abuse, physical violence, or stalking as specified under law.

We also gave final passage to Senate Bill 82, which creates state income tax refund check-offs to support pediatric cancer research and Kentucky’s rape crisis centers. SB 82 originally focused solely on creating a tax check-off to support pediatric cancer research but was amended to include a check-off for rape crisis centers.

Senate Bill 133, which also received final passage, expands the use of ignition interlocks for people caught driving under the influence of alcohol. SB 133 supplements hardship licenses – special licenses allowing people with suspended licenses to drive to work, school and doctor’s appointments – with ignition interlocks. An ignition interlock device is about the size of a mobile phone that is wired into the ignition system of a vehicle, and the driver must blow into the device in order to start their vehicle.

My colleagues and I will go back to our districts now and, beginning in the summer, continue to meet and work on issues during the interim period and through joint committee meetings.

A complete list of new laws is available on the Legislative Research Commission’s website, www.lrc.ky.gov. You are invited to contact me at my office in Frankfort by dialing 1-800-372-7181 of 502-564-8100.

Sincerely,

David Givens
State Senator
District 9


Note: Senator David Givens (R-Greensburg) represents the 9th District including Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe and Simpson counties.

 

David Givens
Kentucky's
9th District
Senator


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