Your Legislative Team would like to thank all our members who took the time this week to call their Representative in opposition to HB 296, Workers Compensation, sponsored by Representative Adam Koenig.  Our calls helped remove language about the permanent total disability benefit cutoff at age 70.  Unfortunately HB 296 passed out of the full House of Representatives 58-40 still containing language that caps medical benefits for partially disabled workers at 15 years, limits cumulative injury claims, imposes medical treatment guides and cuts reopening rights to 4 years.

Please look at the attached vote count and note the 58 YEAS.  These are the representatives that need to hear from you and know that this vote was a mistake.  The 40 NAY votes deserve a thank you.  

Click Here for Vote History



The more they hear from us, the more attention they pay.

This bill is now in the Senate. 


Tell them you are a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and if they expect us to go into harms way everyday to serve our communities then they need to have our back and guarantee workers compensation medical benefits in the event of an ON DUTY injury.  Cutting off benefits at 15 years when medical care is still needed is UNACCEPTABLE AND DOES NOT RESPECT THE SACRIFICE WE ARE ASKED TO MAKE.

Calls should be made starting Monday 02/27/2017 at 7:00 am until Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

Thank you and stay safe,

Your Legislative Team



The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 296, which will significantly change workers compensation medical benefits in the event you are injured on duty.  Among the many negative changes, two of the most concerning are:

  • Medical benefits for a workers compensation injury will be CUT OFF at 15 years.
  • For a permanently disabling injury, medical benefits will be cut off at age 70 or 4 years from the date of injury (which ever comes later).

With the modern law enforcement environment (mainly Tier 3 retirement officers/deputies) where we will be retiring later in life with sub-par insurance benefits, this bill is especially bad for us.  We have an inherently dangerous and physical job and do not need to worry about what will happen to us if we are injured on duty!

Please call your Representative and Senator. Tell them if they respect the dangerous job you have then VOTE NO on House Bill 296.

Call 1-800-372-7181 Monday (02/20/2017) from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm to or Tuesday (02/21/2017) morning starting at 7:00 am.

Thank you and stay safe,

Your Legislative Team

Legislative News 2-14-2017

Rep. Bratcher has introduced House Bill 14 that will add FIRST RESPONDERS (law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS) to the current hate crime statute.  This will allow a sentencing judge to deny probation and/or to allow a parole board to delay or deny parole of a criminal who targets his or her victim with certain criminal activity solely because that victim is a first responder.  This bill is significant for us because it recognizes the fact that we are too often violently targeted simply because of the lifelong dedication to public protection that we assume through our professions. 

The bill was passed out of the Kentucky House of Representatives on February 13th and will continue on to the Senate.  Attached is the House vote count.  Please note the 77 YEA votes for the bill and the 13 NAY votes against.  

Please let your legislator know how you feel about their vote at 1-800-372-7181.  

Click Here for Vote History


State FOP Spring Board Meeting

The Pat Collins FOP Lodge #19 will be hosting the Spring Board Meeting in Madisonville, KY on March, 10-12, 2017.


  • We have 4 hotels with 2 being our “Host Hotels” which will be convenient for the activities.
  • On Friday, we will have a hospitality room set up at the hotel and will run from 5:00 pm to midnight. We will have televisions for viewing the SEC Tournament or any other games that might be on.
  • On Saturday, bring your dancing shoes as we will be dancing and singing the night away at the FOP Lodge. We will also have a Card Room each night for the card players.
  • The meetings will be held at the Ballard Convention Center which is approximately 2 miles from the hotels. We will be providing breakfast and lunch on Saturday for each registered member at the Convention Center. Breakfast is also provided at the hotel.

Transportation will be provided to the FOP Lodge on Saturday Night. You may eat supper on you own, but food will be provided at the hospitality on Friday and the lodge on Saturday.

Host Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites Phone #270-825-3535
545 Powell Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431
$91(standard) & $99 (suite) a night + tax
**Pay at time of making reservation to secure this rate**

Baymont Inn and Suites Phone #270-821-2121
1891 Lantaff Blvd
Madisonville, KY 42431
$105.00 a night + tax

Additional Rooms

Hampton Inn & Suites Phone #270-825-2226
1201 E Center St (2 miles off property)
Madisonville, KY 42431
Double-$109.00 a night + tax
King Suite-$119.00

Days Inn Phone #270-821-8620
1900 Lantaff Blvd
Madisonville, KY 42431
1 person $55.00 a night + tax
2 person $60.00 a night + tax

Any Questions Call: Tim Davis Phone #270-836-9131

2017 Kentucky State Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

THE 2fop mourning017 Kentucky State Peace Officers’ Memorial Service




We honor all Fraternal Order of Police active and retired members who have passed away, and all law enforcement line-of-duty deaths.

Lodges will receive information packets during February requesting the names of the members and officers to be honored at this year’s service.   We encourage lodges to reach out to the families of those being honored and to provide escorts for the families at the service and to attend the service to support the families and pay tribute to those being honored.   Invitations will be mailed in March.

Every department is encouraged to send their Honor Guard and Color Guard to participate in the service.

Contacts for this year’s service:

Glenda Lehmann, President, Kentucky State Auxiliary-Ph:502-594-3747
email: kyfopauxpres@twc.com       
Tim Davis, Chaplain, Kentucky State Lodge-Ph:270-836-9131
email: timothy.davis@kctcs.edu
Tillman, Chaplain, Kentucky State Auxiliary-Ph:502-821-5388
email: casey.tillman@gmail.com

Senate Bill 6 (Right to Work) Information

cropped-foplogo.pngUpon advice of State Lodge Legal Counsel President Perdue is advising the following:

Due to the passing of SB 6, the KY Senate’s version of Right to Work Law ALL Local Lodge’s need to forward as soon as possible their latest form 990 to the State Lodge website where it will be posted for all FOP members to view if they so desire. This is the easiest and fastest way for all of our lodges to be in compliance with this new law that is NOW in effect. If this is not done then we/they are in direct violation. This information may also be posted on the Local Lodge’s website.
This is not the State Lodge’s idea. This is the new law.
ALSO: Any Lodge that does payroll deduction for dues MUST have that member sign in writing that they give permission for the payroll deduction.

Again, the posting of the Form 990 is on the advice State Lodge General Council Steve Wolnitzek after his comprehensive review of the issue.

This information can be forwarded to the website kystatefop@gmail.com or to State Secretary Denis Spalding at: denisspalding@hotmail.com and he will direct it to our web master.


New Summer 2016 Knight Beat Edition

The Summer 2016 Knight Beat is now available online.
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