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- February 18, 2021 News Outlook COMMUNITY SENATOR BRANDON l. STOBM’S lElilSlA'l'lllE IIPIIA'I'E On Thursday, the Ken- tucky General Assembly officially reached the half- way mark of 30day session, but not without Mother Nature making presence known. I you remained safe during winter rolled into the Blue- grass late last week. Join me in taking a moment to thank the fantastic folks who have braved ele- ments to keep our lights on and our roads clear. They are unsung heroes. For the first time as your State Senator, I testified before a legislative com— mittee in favor of a bill that I am proud to be sponsor- ing—Senate Bill (SB) 131. The bill would move the Motorcycle Safety Edu- cation Program from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to Transpor- tation Cabinet. The bill also expands the program include training for nov- ice riders rather than just experienced riders. I ap- preciate opportunity to carry this bill and hope to present it before the full Senate soon. The bill went through the Senate Trans- portation Committee, of which I am honored to serve as Vice-Chairman. Legislation receiving passage in the Senate this past week includes: SB 12 preserves nonprofit nature of eye tissue donation by pro- hibiting for-profit entities from procuring any eye, cornea, eye tissue, or cor— neal tissue. It ensures that a person may not, for valu- able consideration, know- ineg purchase, sell, trans- fer, or offer to buy, sell, or transfer any human organ for transplantation or ther- apy. SB 16 updates Co— lon Cancer Screening Program with its fund and advisory committee to in- clude "and Prevention" in the title. It requires funds from the sale of special cancer prevention license plates be directed the program fund and used solely for colon can- cer screening and preven- tion. The bill also updates the membership of the program's advisory com- mittee. It requires the Department for Medicaid Services to present sta- tistics on cancer services related to colorectal can- cer annually and upon re- quest. Kentucky has done an excellent job in re- cent years on the cancer screening and preven- tion front. We were once ranked 49th in this area and have reached a rank- ing as high as 17th. We currently rank about 22nd. More work is left to do, but better focusing our efforts through good legislation will improve our ongoing fight against cancer. SB 29 provides Ken- tucky's Attorney Gen- eral, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, and County Attorneys security against financial liability result- ing from the good faith performance of sworn du— ties prosecute state law. Losses would be compen- sated by funds appropri— ated to the Finance & Ad- ministration Cabinet. SB 36 removes the au- tomatic transfer of a child from a district court to a circuit court to be tried as an adult in cases involving the use of firearms. The bill brings juvenile cases involving a gun in align— FRANKFORT, February 10 — Sen. Brandon Storm, R-London, presents Senate Bill 131, a bill that would transfer the Mo- torcycle Safety Education Commission and the motorcycle safety education program to the Transportation Cabinet, in the Senate Transportation Committee. ment with the standards applied to any other juve— nile case. It would also re- quire the district court to consider whether or not the child has a severe in— tellectual disability. SB 73 extends the time- line for action for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in cases before them. Currently, the commission is strug- gling with Caseloads that staffing levels are not fully able to manage. SB 74 renames the cur- rent Office on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dis— orders to the Office of De- mentia Services. The bill serves to elevate demen- tia—related services within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Additionally, it updates the membership and du- ties of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dis- orders Advisory Council. SB 74 establishes a De- mentia Coordinator posi- tion that will help refresh the statehealth plan 'évgary‘ four years to improve di- agnosis and treatment of dementia and help apply for federal grants that can be used to treat demen- tia. Appropriation for this position will need to be allocated by cabinet or appropriated in future budgets. Dementia-relat— ed diseases are the 6th leading cause of death. The enactment of this bill would be a step toward improving state's ef- forts to treat these hor- rible diseases. SB 77 improves diver- sity on superintendent screening committees by reforming committees' membership in school dis- tricts where the minority student population is 50 percent or greater. SB 80 will increase so- cietal trust, and the bill has the support of law en- forcement across the state and their organizations. The Kentucky Sheriffs As- sociation, Kentucky Asso- ciation of Chiefs of Police, Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ken- tucky Law Enforcement Council are all in support of this piece of legisla- tion. The bill Strengthens . oversight of peace officers conduct themselves in a criminal or unprofes- sional way by easing a council’s ability to revoke certification. The bill also puts in place hiring proce- dures that will help ensure an officer will not avoid consequences by leaving one agency to work for another. SB 84 provides women in state correctional fa- cilities who are pregnant with an understanding of the community—based re— sources available to them by connecting them with social workers to help in the child's placement. This bill ends placing pregnant inmates, or those within six weeks of delivery of a child, in solitary confine- ment. I consider this a pro-life measure. We must keep the best interest of an innocent child in mind. SB 120 allows for the continuation of historical horse racing gambling fol- lowing a Supreme Court of Kentucky ruling that this gaming was incompatible with the definition of pari- mutuel wagering. I voted "no" on this bill for sev- eral significant reasons. First, I think the process utilized was incorrect. According to Section of our state constitution, only lottery and chari- table gaming are current- ly permitted in Kentucky. The more appropriate ap- proach to achieving this bill's goal is to amend the Constitution of Kentucky. That would have occur by placing an amendment on voters' next general election ballot make a final determination on this issue. Kentucky Lottery was established in this manner back in 1988. It seems only appropriate that should apply that same standard other forms of gambling. The only way this issue finally gets settled is when the voters of Kentucky make their wishes known. Opposition the pro- cess notwithstanding, I opposed SB 120 because I believe the government’s endorsement of this rev- enue mechanism is mis- placed and inappropriate. I see this bill as a step toward further expanding other forms of gambling; it provides no reassuranc- es. Finally, SB 120 is likely be challenged in court. As you can see, Gen- eral Assembly is hard at work. I am hopeful that inclement weather will not slow down our ef— forts. Should the weather remain as brutal as it has been, please avoid being out at all costs. This will help lessen the potential calls for first responders’ service and enable road workers and linemen to do the challenging jobs they have. If you must be out, please be safe and mindful. It is a real honor to rep- resent Laurel, Jackson, Estill, Powell, Menifee, and Bath Counties in the Kentucky State Senate. If you have any questions about these public policy issues or any other mat— ter of importance to you, do not hesitate contact my office toll-free’by call- ing 502-564-8100. You can also email me at brandon. storm@1rc.ky.gov. Stay safe. God bless. I ’ I I Darvrn 5 Small Engine Repair ‘ HOURS: Mon. Thru Fri. 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat. 8:00 am Noon - Closed Sunday CLOSED DAILY 12:00 pm 1:00 pm for lunch We specialize in Lawn Mowers, Weedeaters, Pressure Washers, ATVs, Chainsaws and ' Much More Full Service Small engine parts Blade sharpening Carburetor cleaning - Electrical - Transmission repair . We will pick up and deliver for an additional fee. We will be offering onsite service for your mower. The onsite service included changing oil, greasing the mower, sharpening blades, checking spark plugs, and more for a one flat rate. Call us today schedule your appointment to get your mower serviced and ready for the first mowing. . 5607 Moorefield Rd.-, Carlisle, KY40311 859-473-3281