Marsy’s Law Statement on House Committee Passage of Senate Bill 3
With today’s passage of Senate Bill 3 out of the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Kentucky General Assembly is just one step away from giving crime victims the constitutional rights they deserve.
We thank the committee for keeping the Marsy’s Law momentum moving and encourage all House members to support this critical effort.
“We are grateful that Chairman Imes and the Committee recognize the importance of Marsy’s Law for crime victims and the urgent need to make sure it is on the ballot for Kentucky voters in November,” said Marsy’s Law State Director Ashlea Christiansen. “Crime victims deserve to be treated with respect and must be protected under the same level of rights as the accused.”
Marsy’s Law will establish, for the first time ever, a Victims’ Bill of Rights within the Kentucky Constitution. Kentucky is one of 14 states that do not offer constitutional level protections for crime victims.
Senate Bill 3 will now be sent to the House floor for consideration. If passed by the House, Kentucky voters will have the opportunity to vote for Marsy’s Law on the November 2018 ballot.
Katherine Kington North