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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (02/08/2017)
Your Legislative Team received some great news today…
Due to the immediate action taken by our local FOP lodge members from across the state in the form of a barrage of phone calls, the problematic parts of the criminal justice reform bill (Senate Bill 120) will be COMPLETELY REMOVED. Sen. Whitney Westerfield (the bill sponsor) appreciated our collective input and is looking forward to working with us on this issue in the future. To be clear, the proposed changes to the theft and fraud statutes and the proposed changes regarding the “no money bond” are being deleted.
EACH OF YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Without everyone doing their part this would not have happened. If we work together we can influence legislation.
This was the first effort of many. This legislative session is short and moving fast so please watch your email and our social media feeds for updates.
Thank you and stay safe.
Fraternal Order of Police Legislative Committee
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!!
The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly is currently considering Senate Bill 120 which will bring significant change to our criminal justice system. Two parts are particularly concerning to the FOP.
- Nearly all the monetary levels of our theft and fraud statutes are being dramatically increased! For example, they are considering increasing the felony amount for Theft By Unlawful Taking all the way from $500 to $2000 to be considered a felony! In these cases, criminals in our state will be able to steal up to four times the amount of hard earned property from the good people and businesses in our communities and still be considered a low level misdemeanor.
- A new “mandatory no money bail” program will mean the majority of offenders who are arrested and put in jail will be automatically turned back out into our communities pending their court date.
IF YOU AGREE THAT THE SOFTENING OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A BAD IDEA YOU NEED TO LET YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW.
These changes will be coming very soon if we do not act.
CALL 1-800-372-7181 TO LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO TO SENATE BILL 120.
THIS PHONE LINE IS OPEN 7am – 6pm MONDAY – FRIDAY.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CALLS BEFORE WEDNESDAY FEB. 8TH!
BELOW IS A SUGGESTED MESSAGE FOR YOU TO USE:
“My name is ___ and I’m a member of the Fraternal Order Police. I’m a police officer/ sheriff’s deputy with ___ who lives and votes in your district. I have serious concerns with Senate Bill 120, the criminal justice reform bill. Please vote no to Senate Bill 120.
As a peace officer, I see every day how criminals operate. Raising the felony level from $500 to $2,000 will embolden criminals by making harsh crimes appear less serious. The reality is criminals understand the law and will push the limits of the system. They will commit more offenses and cause greater harm to victims of crime.
$0 cash bond will mandate that many criminals will get released from jail as soon as I arrest them. In my professional experience, this is a dangerous idea. Without consequences, criminals are likely to re-offend and re-harm their victims.
Senate Bill 120 gives me the impression that the dangerous work I do every day is not appreciated. Please vote no to Senate Bill 120.”
Know Your Legislators
Get to know your elected officials and make sure you are registered to vote! Having an engaged and active membership is crucial to our future success in fighting to keep the few benefits we have left and to regain ground in the areas where we have lost ground in the recent past. The Kentucky State Lodge needs everyone to reach out and get to know your State Representative and State Senator is so that they will know that we, as the FOP, will hold them accountable when it comes to our issues.