Marsy’s Law Names Sen. Damon Thayer & Rep. Phillip Pratt as Scott Co. Campaign Co-Chairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2017
MARSY’S LAW HONORED TO NAME SEN. DAMON THAYER AND REP. PHILLIP PRATT AS SCOTT COUNTY CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS
Senate Majority Floor Leader Thayer and Pratt join local leaders to strengthen voice for crime victims’ rights
Georgetown, Ky. (November 28, 2017) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is honored to name prominent Scott County co-chairs to help guide the crime victims’ rights campaign to success in 2018. Led by Majority Floor Leader Sen. Thayer and Rep. Pratt, Marsy’s Law also named Scott County Magistrates Bernard Palmer and David Livingston, Georgetown Councilwoman Karen Tingle-Sames and Stamping Ground Mayor Kayla Jones as committee members.
Kentucky is one of only 14 states without constitutional-level rights for victims of crime. If adopted by Kentucky voters in November 2018, Marsy’s Law would amend Kentucky’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.
“We have turned our backs to Kentucky’s crime victims long enough. It’s time we pass Marsy’s Law in the 2018 General Assembly and put the focus back on victims,” Sen. Damon Thayer said. “As Senate Majority Floor Leader, it is my honor to work with our local leaders and lend our support to Marsy’s Law.”
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky has the bi-partisan support of elected officials, judges, law enforcement officials and advocacy groups. Kentucky voters also strongly favor Marsy’s Law, with recent surveys showing Marsy’s law has 80% support statewide. Marsy’s Law is expected to be a priority bill for both chambers in the 2018 General Assembly.
“Marsy’s Law just makes sense,” Rep. Phillip Pratt said. “Giving victims a voice in the process and treating them equally is long overdue. I am honored to serve as co-chair for Scott County.”
“More than 25,000 Kentuckians have pledged their support for Marsy’s Law and have been very vocal in wanting it passed in 2018,” Marsy’s Law for Kentucky State Director Ashlea Christiansen said. “We thank these local leaders for their willingness to lend their support to raise awareness of Marsy’s Law in Scott County.”
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 14 states that do 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.