On the heels of filing “Sophie’s Law” to provide an online registry of child abusers, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced that he has appointed Representative Dennis Keene to the House Task Force on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, which will examine and propose omnibus legislation designed to protect Kentucky’s children.
“I cannot comprehend how anyone could even think of abusing a child, but the sad reality is that it occurs each day,” House Speaker Stumbo said. “I have dedicated my career in public service, both as a legislator and during my time as Attorney General, to making sure our children have all they need, and at the top of that list is their very safety. This task force will look for ways to see what more we can do to protect them wherever they are, whether at home, on the playground, at camp or school or anywhere in-between. The goal is to close any potential loopholes and further prevent abuse and exploitation.”
The bipartisan task force will be comprised of legislators who have championed legislation in the past designed to protect children. Those are state Representatives Linda Belcher, Regina Bunch, Tom Burch, Dennis Keene, Kim King, Darryl Owens, Rita Smart and Addia Wuchner.
“Now is the time to rise above partisan politics and unite to protect our children,” Speaker Stumbo said. “Safeguarding our children’s future is not a Democratic or Republican issue. We have the potential now to come up with comprehensive legislation that will better protect children.”
The task force is scheduled to hold its first meeting on October 20th, from 10 a.m-12 p.m., in Room 129 of the Capitol Annex.
Those scheduled to appear before it will include, but not be limited to, child advocates, rape crisis center officials, childcare providers and summer camp leaders.