Listed below are just a few bills pertaining to women that KCW monitored during the 2014 session.
2014 Proposed Legislation
From the newsletter of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association:
Funding for Domestic Violence Programs
The Governor's Proposed Budget for FY 2015-16 includes additional funds for Kentucky's fifteen regional domestic violence programs as well as Kentucky's thirteen regional rape crisis centers. Both domestic violence programs (shelters) and rape crisis centers would receive an additional $250,000 per year of the biennium and funds to cover the increase in the employer's share of the state retirement system's increase from FY 2014 to FY 2015 under the Governor's proposal. Unless the General Assembly maintains this increase in funding, programs may be forced to close.
Dating Violence Legislation
HB 8, sponsored by Judiciary Chairman John Tilley, amends Kentucky law to allow members of a dating relationship who show the court that they are victims of domestic violence and abuse as defined in KRS 403.720 to access civil protective orders. HB 8 was passed unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee on January 8th and then proceeded to the full House for a vote. The bill's progress was slowed due to a need to amend the bill, so on January 14th the bill was moved back to the House Judiciary Committee. Amendments are now being made to the section of the bill that lists factors that a court may consider when determining whether a relationship qualifies as a dating relationship.
> House Bill 8
Housing Protections for Battered Women and Rape Survivors
Representative Joni Jenkins' HB 166 would amend Kentucky's housing law to prevent landlords from refusing to rent to a victim solely because of her or his status as a "qualified crime victim." The bill would also allow a victim of domestic or sexual violence who needs to flee to protect herself and her family to terminate a lease after giving a landlord 30 days' notice under specific circumstances. KDVA, KASAP, the Fair Housing Coalition, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights have all been working on this legislation. HB 166 has been posted in the House Judiciary Committee.
> House Bill 166