Recently Pure Politics’ Common Ground segment has focused on drawing attention to bills that passed the General Assembly with vast bipartisan support. This week, we continue to shine a light at the legislation which found broad support across the partisan divide.
House Bill 84 , otherwise known as “Courtney’s Law” passed with resounding support this year. This law stems from tragedy—after the death of 19 year-old Princeton, Kentucky resident, Courtney Flear. Courtney was an organ and tissue donor, but her organs were overlooked since she did not die in a hospital. Her parents led the charge to get the law regarding organ donation changed. The bill now requires the medical examiner or coroner to call the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates whenever an organ and tissue donor dies.
House Bill 168 , deals with pension benefits. An amendment added onto the bill requires disclosure of retirement benefits for individuals who are collecting multiple state-administered pensions totaling over $100,000.
House Bill 140 , received vast support with several lawmakers co-sponsoring the legislation. This bill increases the annual stipend a police officer receives to $4,000. An amendment added onto the bill also makers changes to the line of duty death benefits for child dependents. The changes increase the amount of money a dependent receives from the line of duty death benefits from 25 percent to 75 percent, this amendment is similar to House Bill 185 , which increased the line of duty benefits for spouses and children.
Police officers spoke in support of the legislation in March. Kentucky State Police Deputy Commissioner Alex Payne spoke about the importance of taking care of the family of an officer who was killed while protecting the state.
“We can, today, take care of those families that have been left behind,” Payne said. “I can think of nothing more important in a society and as of a commonwealth, than for us to do that.”
All of these bills have been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.
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