Marsy’s Law Names Senator Girdler and Representative Turner Pulaski County Campaign Chairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  

October 25, 2017


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Local leaders join campaign for crime victims’ constitutional rights

Somerset, Ky. (October 25, 2017) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is proud to announce Sen. Rick Girdler and Rep. Tommy Turner as the Marsy’s Law campaign chairs in Pulaski County. The two legislators will be leading the charge locally for equal rights for crime victims.  With their leadership and advocacy, the Marsy’s Law campaign in Kentucky continues to gain momentum going into the 2018 legislative session.

“We know that leaders in the counties we represent value the rights of crime victims and we look forward to bringing that statewide,” Senator Rick Girdler and Representative Tommy Turner said in a joint statement.

Kentucky is one of only 15 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.

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.

“I’m so thankful to be working alongside Representative Turner and Senator Girdler to ensure Marsy’s Law is on the ballot in 2018,” said Ashlea Christiansen, Kentucky State Director for Marsy’s Law.  “I look forward to the day we are all able to celebrate the addition of a victims’ bill of rights to our state constitution.”

Representative Turner and Senator Girdler join more than 150 advocates, organizations and elected officials lending their voices to Marsy’s Law campaign.



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 15 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, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.