STATEMENT: Marsy’s Law Passes Unanimously in Senate Committee

Marsy’s Law for Kentucky Statement on Unanimous Passage of Senate Bill 3


On behalf of crime victims across the Commonwealth, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky would like to thank the Senate State and Local Government Committee for unanimously passing Senate Bill 3 out of committee today. Marsy’s Law will establish, for the first time ever, a Victims’ Bill of Rights within the Kentucky Constitution. 

“Marsy’s Law is commonsense legislation that affords Kentucky’s crime victims with rights any one of us would expect and deserve. It’s about leveling the playing field, and if passed, would guarantee victims’ rights like the right to have notice of court proceedings, the right to be present at court proceedings, the right to have a voice in the judicial process, among others.” Marsy’s Law State Director Ashlea Christiansen said. “We hear it every single day, in every Kentucky town: Pass Marsy’s Law in 2018! We are grateful to the Senate State and Local Government Committee for taking the first step forward.”

Kentucky is one of 14 states that do not offer constitutional level protections for crime victims. The Senate State and Local Government Committee took a step in the right direction today toward ensuring that victims in Kentucky have equal rights to those accused and convicted.

Senate Bill 3 will now be sent to the Senate floor.  If passed by both chambers of the Kentucky Legislature, voters can vote for Marsy’s Law on the November 2018 ballot.