Congressman Andy Barr Endorses Marsy's Law for Kentucky
Katherine Kington North
CONGRESSMAN ANDY BARR ENDORSES MARSY’S LAW FOR KENTUCKY
Barr encourages voters to support constitutional amendment for crime victims’ rights
Lexington, Ky. (May 15, 2018) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is proud to receive the endorsement of Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) as the constitutional amendment heads to the voters in November. Congressman Barr joins hundreds of other individual and group endorsers to support Marsy’s Law, as it will protect victims of crime throughout the Commonwealth.
“Marsy’s Law ensures that crime victims in Kentucky are protected by enforceable, constitutional rights in the state constitution. It is simply commonsense to give these victims a voice and right to basic notifications during a time of distress and uncertainty. I would like to thank Ashlea Christiansen and Marsy’s Law for Kentucky for their dedicated work to end this imbalance of justice,” said Congressman Barr.
Kentucky is one of only 16 states without constitutional-level rights for victims of crime. If adopted by Kentucky voters this November, Marsy’s Law would amend the state's constitution to ensure crime victims have the right to a voice in the judicial process, the right to be present in judicial hearings and the right to be made aware of upcoming hearings or changes in their offenders’ status.
“Marsy’s Law is immensely grateful to Congressman Barr for his strong support and passion for protecting crime victims,” said Ashlea Christiansen, the campaign’s state director. “Kentuckians have made it clear that we want to provide our fellow citizens who are victimized with constitutional rights. Nearly 40,000 Kentuckians and hundreds of organizations have stepped forward in support of this effort to remind their fellow Kentuckians: pass Marsy’s Law for Kentucky in 2018!”
Marsy’s Law has received endorsements from a broad, diverse coalition of Kentucky law enforcement, victims’ rights groups, elected officials and other organizations. The full list is available here. Nearly 40,000 Kentuckians have also pledged their support for Marsy’s Law. It was the first bill to pass the Kentucky General Assembly this year, doing so with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
About Marsy’s Law for Kentucky
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is an advocate-driven effort to incorporate a victims’ bill of rights in the state constitution. Kentucky is one of only 16 states that does not provide crime victims with constitutional-level protections. To learn more or if you would like to sign the petition and add your “purple pin” to the map, you can do so here. Those wishing to join the coalition can do so here. Please visit www.marsyslaw.us, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.