Kentucky State House
Kentucky State House
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Ban FGM from happening in Kentucky
I am writing to encourage Kentucky state legislators to pass a law banning Female Genital Mutilation/cutting/circumcision (FGM/C) in the state of Kentucky, as well as provide the resources needed to educate communities on this practice and assist victims that service providers may encounter. FGM/C is often seen in the United States as a problem that doesn't happen here. This practice occurs all over the world and is happening right here on American soil. Statistics state that over 500,000 girls and women are at risk of FGM in the United States, and this is just an estimate. Due to the silence that surrounds FGM the number of victims could be much greater because it is something many victims are told not to discuss. FGM is a human rights violation, it is a practice that leaves victims with lifelong consequences and causes multiple physical complications. Initially a victim can suffer from shock, infection, blood loss and sometimes death. Most survivors suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, difficulty in childbirth, infertility, chronic pain, painful menstruation, painful intercourse and genital sores, many physical complications that a survivor must suffer with in silence. Women and girls are not just impacted in a physical way, many suffer from the emotional impact that this trauma can cause. Since FGM is regularly done in a non-sterile environment without any form of pain control, it is often one of the most traumatic events they will ever experience in their lives. Women and girls are left dealing with anxiety, depression, frequent nightmares and flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. All these complications are worsened by the fact that communities are unaware of what FGM/C is and are not educated on how to help someone that has endured FGM/C, which forces survivors to suffer in silence. Right now, a federal law that bans the practice of FGM in the United States is in jeopardy. The first federal trial regarding the crime of FGM/C took place in Detroit and was dismissed by the presiding district court judge. In his ruling, the judge stated that FGM is a crime that should be handled at the state level. For girls at risk of this practice, this decision has put them in great jeopardy. Those who believe in the practice of FGM/C are empowered to think that if the federal law is not upheld, then the practice must not be wrong. Also like Kentucky, there are many states that have no laws regarding FGM/C. Kentucky is at risk of being a destination state where perpetrators can transport a girl to for FGM since there is no law in place that criminalizes the practice. I want no girl in the United States to undergo FGM/C or ever have to live with the consequences of this practice. Every state need to have a law. Please join me in the fight to pass a law in Kentucky that criminalizes FGM.
Bring transparency to insulin prices in Kentucky!
Join the KY#insulin4all chapter, formerly the KY-OH-IN#insulin4all chapter, in calling for action in Kentucky. Add your name, in addition to your city of residence in Kentucky, to this petition asking the Kentucky Legislature to raise legislation that requires transparency for insulin pricing starting with the list prices set by insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk. Many people with type 1 diabetes are being forced to ration their insulin, and an increasing number of people have died because they could not afford it. Without their essential insulin, people with diabetes die quickly and painfully. In April of 2018, chef Seely Wetherell from Newport, KY was reported to have passed away after being forced to ration his insulin supply while in between insurance plans. This is not an isolated incident. ● The price of some decades-old insulin has increased over 1000% since 1996.● The cost for one vial of Humalog insulin is currently around $280.● Even with insurance, people are paying an average of at least $210 per month for insulin alone and up to 50% of their annual income on diabetes costs. In June of 2017, Nevada became the first state to pass a bi-partisan insulin price transparency bill, SB539. Other states have followed with similar bi-partisan price transparency legislation. While being dependent on insulin for survival is a life-long challenge, paying for insulin should not be. Insulin is just as vital as oxygen. Every human needs insulin to survive. The lives of Kentuckians who must inject insulin daily to survive are being held hostage by increasing prices. Help us continue to live long and healthy lives with affordable insulin as we start to unravel the mystery of insulin prices with data from price transparency legislation!
STOP WEAPONS BAN "BILL 354" in Kentucky
Representative Jeff Donohue (D) has proposed a bill banning "assault weapons" in Kentucky. These Laws are not only detrimental to law abiding citizens, but also unconstitutional and a violation of our 2nd Amendment Rights of the United States of America. The proposed bill will classify an "Assault Weapon" as the following; 1) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has at least one (1) of the following characteristics: a. A folding or telescoping stock;b. A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;c. A second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;d. A thumbhole stock;e. A suppressor, flash suppressor, muzzle break, muzzle compensator, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, muzzle break, or muzzle compensator; orf. A grenade launcher. These classifications also extend to shotguns and handguns. After the effective date of this bill, a law abiding citizen will be found guilty of possession or transfer of a "large-capacity ammunition feeding device" (magazine) when; (a) Possesses a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device;(b) Transfers a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device to another person, except as provided in subsections (4)(c) and (d) of this section.Possession or transfer of a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device is a Class A misdemeanor.This section shall not apply to a person who is: (a) A member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard; or(b) A law enforcement officer as defined in KRS 15.310. After the effective date of this bill, a law abiding citizen must; (a) Remove the large-capacity ammunition-feeding device from the state;(b) Render the large-capacity ammunition-feeding device permanently inoperable;(c) Sell the large-capacity ammunition-feeding device to a federally licensed firearms dealer; or(d) Transfer the large-capacity ammunition-feeding device to law enforcement. If still in possession of these weapons or magazines you will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. This bill also makes it to where your firearm must be "permanently inoperable" As used in this section, "permanently inoperable" means that the assault weapon is altered in such a manner that it cannot be fired and that the owner or possessor of the firearm does not possess or have control over the parts necessary to make the firearm operable; and 2. As used in this section, "temporarily inoperable" means that when the assault weapon is not in the direct control of the registered owner, it is stored using an integrated design feature or attachable accessory that will prevent the use of the weapon by an unauthorized user. This means that even if you were to take the firing pin out of your rifle, it is still considered operable if you have said firing pin still located inside your home. You must now register your weapons in Kentucky within 1 year (currently no registration is required by the state). a. Register with the Department of Kentucky State Police as the certified owner of each assault weapon that the person elects to continue to possess; and b. Store the weapon with devices which render the weapon temporarily inoperable, in accordance with subsection (2) of this section; Transfer the assault weapon to any person lawfully entitled to own or possess the firearm;Transfer the assault weapon to the Department of Kentucky State Police buyback program in accordance with subsection (3) of this section; or Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable. Kentucky State Police will offer a buyback program that will be funded by registrations fees of weapons. 237.104 Rights to acquire, carry, and use deadly weapons not to be impaired -- Seizure of deadly weapons prohibited -- Application of section. No person, unit of government, or governmental organization shall, during a period of disaster or emergency as specified in KRS Chapter 39A or at any other time, have the right to revoke, suspend, limit the use of, or otherwise impair the validity of the right of any person to purchase, transfer, loan, own, possess, carry, or use a firearm, firearm part, ammunition, ammunition component, or any deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.(2) No person, unit of government, or governmental organization shall, during a period of disaster or emergency as specified in KRS Chapter 39A or at any other time, take, seize, confiscate, or impound a firearm, firearm part, ammunition, ammunition component, or any deadly weapon or dangerous instrument from any person.(3) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the taking of an item specified in subsection (1) or (2) of this section from a person who is: (a) Forbidden to possess a firearm pursuant to KRS 527.040;(b) Forbidden to possess a firearm pursuant to federal law;(c) Violating KRS 527.020;(d) In possession of a stolen firearm;(e) Using a firearm in the commission of a separate criminal offense; or(f) Using a firearm or other weapon in the commission of an offense under KRS Chapter 150. Effective: July 12, 2006History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 240, sec. 7, effective July 12, 2006. This Bill is Unconstitutional This bill is unconstitutional and a render of the safety of law abiding citizens through out the state of Kentucky. The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution reads; "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional. The 2nd Amendment allows citizens of the United States to defend themselves against criminals and against government tyranny. Safety of Citizens against tyranny by means of Disarming Citizens by Government. In 2012 Venezuela banned their citizens from possessing firearms and ammunition similar to the Red Flag Laws we see today. Under the new law only Military and Police are allowed to own them. Disarming law abiding citizens is a dangerous act that allows greater power to the government. Crime in Venezuela has multiplied since these laws have taken place. The violent crime rate, already high, soared. Almost 28,000 people were murdered in 2015 – with the homicide rate becoming the world’s highest. Within the past few years Venezuela military are law enforcement have killed thousands of citizens who have protested their laws and tried defending their rights. These same gun control laws were used in Nazi Germany against their own citizens. IT'S YOUR RIGHT Kentucky has always been a supportive state for firearms. Just this past year we became one of the many states to support the right of "Constitutional Carry" allowing law abiding citizens to conceal carry weapons across the whole state. Kentucky is ranked one of the top states in the US for gun ownership. It is your constitutional right as an American to be able to process and own a firearm. It is your right to have the means necessary to defend yourself and your family against evil and criminals. Criminals don't care about laws and bills, these bills only effect law abiding citizens. No matter what bills are brought forward, crime rates are always going to be there. The only thing that will change is your capability to defend yourself, and you having your own rights given to you at birth by this Nation, TAKEN AWAY. DO YOUR PART BY SIGNING/SHARING THIS PETITION! KEEP KENTUCKY SAFE!
Put an end to KY allowing grass to be blown into roadways, statewide! Save a life!
In the state of Kentucky homeowners need to be held responsible statewide, every city and in every county, for blowing/throwing their grass into roadways causing hazardous road conditions for motorcycles. This effects all motorcyclist! Motorcyclist that have survived this say its equivalent to hitting black ice!! They lose complete control! This petition could help save lives and raise awareness to the dangers of grass in roadways!! This can simply be solved by not blowing grass into the roadways and holding the ones who do accountable! A bill needs to be passed to cover the entire state of KY! There's a KRS that states no debris ect but NO mention of GRASS. This needs to be revised or a new bill all together! I started this petition because...A close friend of ours Robert "Aaron" Lee aka Drip was killed Saturday April 6, 2019 in Marshall County, KY. He was participating in a poker run for autism awareness when he traveled down Hwy. 348 with his friends when he ran across freshly mowed grass out all over the road, he lost control of his motorcycle and passed away a short time later. A few swipes across the road with a mower or blower could've saved his life. Aaron is a Father, Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Friend (to so many) and so much more. He leaves behind a beautiful little girl who's going to miss her Daddy terribly all due to negligence that could've been prevented by not blowing grass into the roadways while mowing!!!! Please sign this petition in Memory of Robert "Aaron" Lee aka Drip and in honor of all avid bikers across KY! Let's raise awareness and save lives!!!!
KY : Fully Legalize Marijuana
"This plant should be making us money, not costing us money" -Denny Doyle Are we really going to pretend to be that naive, as if we are living in the era when the "War on Drugs" began (which isn't really a war on drugs, but that's a later conversation). At my last count, 29 other states have legalized the plant. Kentucky is losing a ton of revenue by continuing to prosecute and jail Marijuana growers and users. Our tax money should be used for greater things, just imagine the possibilities. When Mr. Doyle said that "McConnell spent $234 MILLION to look for Marijuana plants in Eastern Ky.", I almost fell over. Please, let us as citizens vote on this matter. The following article was written by a council-man within a branch of our county's government. Denny Doyle, we need more of you. http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-marijuana-should-be-legalized/article_dfa33366-5081-11e7-ab8d-0bdfee55139d.html *Also, if you would like information about the "War on Drugs" may I highly suggest watching the Netflix Original, "13th". **PLEASE ONLY SIGN THIS IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF KENTUCKY**
To stop the proposed ban on tattooing scar tissue
The Kentucky State Health Department is trying to ban tattooing over scars. And give examples of mastectomy cover ups, c- section, cutting, injury, breast cancer scars, cover up tattoos, multi session tattoos, and any other scars. The hearing is to be held on the 28th of May 2019.
Logan's Law will protect helpless victims and their familes, and give them proper justice.
#loganslaw would protect innocent helpless victims, giving them and their families a voice, giving killers of these people proper punishment making the time fit the crime, and never giving killers hope for parole. They should always be found guilty if they are caught in the act and confess. Helpless victims can be elderly, disabled, women, children, anyone that is helpless in defending themselves from death. On 12/7/15, Ronald Exantus broke into our home around 3:30 am while I was working. He attacked my 7 year old daughter, slicing her back with a knife, beat and stabbed my 6 year old son to death 20 times, tried to gut my 11 year old daughter, who was fighting him off, then attacked my husband who had just had shoulder surgery. In that order. Within 90 seconds police arrived, and Exantus was secured by police. That is when my husband found my son, not knowing he was hurt, he rolled him over and then held him as he took his final breath. Exantus admitted to everything immediately after. He understood his rights and requested an attorney at the jail. March 19, 2018, a jury in Lexington KY found him not guilty of murder and burglary by reason of insanity, but guilty of the assaults on my daughters and husband. We feel this is an injust verdict, it is inconsistent and we have been failed by our system. They are essentially telling us that no-one murdered Logan. We want justice. We want justice for Logan, our family, and our entire community EVERY life matters and is worth so much more than anything else. To be told no one killed your son, when the man was caught with your sons blood on his hands at the scene of the murder, confessed to police officers that he committed the murder and why, and his defense team admitted to the jury that he did in fact kill your son, is heart breaking and just flat out wrong. There should never be a not guilty of murder verdict when these events above transpired. Guilty but mentally ill was an option. We are confused as to how a jury can say the murderer is not guilty if the defense team themselves admit in their opening statements to the jury that their defendant DID kill Logan Tipton. We want Logan's Law to help any and all helpless victims. And their families. If a defendant is given rights, the victims families deserve rights as well. We want justice for the innocent life of sleeping 6 year old Logan Tipton, and any other helpless victim deserves proper justice as well. Inconsistent verdicts like the one that told everyone No one killed Logan, should never be allowed in any courtroom in our country.
Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities