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PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602  Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845

Action Alert #1: Two Items Needing Attention  Posted: February 13, 2003
There are two bills in need of a minute of your time.

Please contact your Senator to support Senate Floor Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 71, and to oppose the bill without the floor amendment.

SB 71, sponsored by Senator Roeding, amends current law on administrative regulations. The bill removes the power of the Governor to adopt emergency regulations where needed to protect human health and the environment, limiting that power to cases where an imminent danger exists to public health and the environment.

KRC believes that the Governor needs the power to act in real time to prevent harm, and should not be constrained to sit idly until a threat to public health and the environment becomes an existing imminent danger before acting. Senator Blevin's Senate Floor Amendment 1 would restore the current language. Please contact your Senator TODAY by fax at 502-564-6543 or phone at 1-800-372-7181 and ask them to support SFA 1 to SB 71, and to oppose the bill without that amendment.

Please contact your state representative and ask them to support House Bill 163, which is in House Rules and will go to the House floor for a vote soon. The bill increases slightly the filing fees for court cases (by $5 - $10 for district - circuit court cases) in order to increase the level of support for the provision of legal services to low-income Kentuckians.

Kentucky's legal aid programs have suffered a $1.5 million loss this year alone. 24 staff positions have been cut and offices have closed or reduced hours due to the cuts. The modest increase in court fees, which will remain below those of surrounding states, would generate $3.1 million for legal aid and help offset the loss of federal support. Please contact your State Representative (and State Senator) and ask them to support HB 163.




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