Maybe it’s tacky to wholesale copy an action email from KFTC onto your blog, but this is important:
Thanks to the many members who have contacted Kentucky senators urging their support for House Bill 70, legislation supporting the automatic restoration of voting for most former felons once they have completed their sentence. We want to let you know where things stand with HB 70.
Your calls, emails, letters and face-to-face meetings with senators have made a difference. We have unprecedented momentum behind HB 70, and feel confident that we have the 23 votes needed in the Senate to get this proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. Despite this movement, however, we have no guarantee that there will be a hearing and vote in the Senate.
HB 70 is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee has been one of the busiest legislative committees in recent weeks, dealing with several high-profile issues. The committee met last Thursday, yesterday and again this afternoon, each time with seven or eight bills on their agenda (often the same bills). HB 70 has not been one of them.
Yesterday, committee chair Sen. Tom Jensen told a KFTC member there isn’t enough time left to get to HB 70 (this is the last regular week for the 2012 General Assembly). We believe otherwise – that if the political will is present there is enough time and opportunity to get HB 70 through the Senate.
Will you help us create some of that political will?
Please contact Sen. Tom Jensen and Senate leaders (David Williams, Robert Stivers, Dan Seum, Carroll Gibson, R.J. Palmer, Johnny Ray Turner and Jerry Rhoads).
MESSAGE: There is still time to pass a good bill! Please bring HB 70 up for a hearing and vote.
You can call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and leave your message for Sen. Jensen and “Senate leadership.” If you’d like to speak to these senators directly (especially good to do if you’re a constituent), call 502-564-8100. To send an email, you can find their email address or link to their online contact form here.
We’re currently one of only two states that still automatically disenfranchises former felons. We can do better, Kentucky.