Prominent local voices support constitutional rights for crime victims
Kentucky ( July 20, 2017) – Marsy’s Law is honored to announce the establishment of its Northern Kentucky Steering Committee made up of nine prominent, bipartisan members who will help guide the campaign to success in 2018.
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky named State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representative Joe Fisher, State Representative Dennis Keene, State Representative Adam Koenig, State Representative Kim Moser, State Representative Sal Santoro, State Representative Diane St. Onge, State Representative Addia Wuchner and Women’s Crisis Center Outreach Services Coordinator Reagan E. Smith as the Northern Kentucky Steering Committee.
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 is a real solution to a very real problem that we unfortunately see daily at the Women’s Crisis Center,” Women’s Crisis Center Outreach Services Coordinator Reagan E. Smith said. “I look forward to bringing my community together and ensuring Frankfort hears us loud and clear: Pass Marsy’s Law in 2018!”
“I have made it my mission to be a strong voice for victims and believe every victim of a crime should have constitutionally protected rights. Until we make that happen, we will not be serving our citizens to the fullest level,” State Representative Dennis Keene said. “I’m honored to serve on the Northern Kentucky Steering Committee.”
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.
“2018 is the year for Marsy’s Law in Kentucky, “State Rep. Kim Moser said. “Crime victims deserve the same level of rights as the accused and convicted. They deserve to feel encouraged and protected by the system that is meant to protect them. I’m honored to be part of the Northern Kentucky Steering Committee to help ensure this happens.”
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 does 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.