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Two Wins at the State House

Posted by Emily Crawford on February 27, 2015 at 4:03 PM

The two big successes advocates like you have been ushering through the general assembly so far this session have been domestic violence reforms and the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act.

Domestic Violence

Sen. Corbin’s sexist joke to Sen. Shealy after disagreeing with her over the firearms provision in S.3 (the domestic violence reform bill she sponsors), arguably helped propel it forward these past weeks.  This bill would strengthen criminal domestic violence laws to increase penalties for perpetrators of violence and would make state law consistent with federal law in denying legal ownership of firearms for individuals found guilty of domestic violence. 

On second reading, the bill passed by a vote of 38-3 (with no votes from Sens. Lee Bright, Tom Corbin, and Shane Martin) with one amendment which gives judges discretion on whether to restrict lower level domestic violence offenders from possessing guns.

We’ll keep you updated on the next action opportunity once the bill passes over to the House.

Click here to see scenes of Sen. Shealy at our Less Cuts of Meat Meet Up letter writing party.


Cervical Cancer Prevention Act

The Cervical Cancer Prevention Act (which has been introduced in both the House and the Senate) has gained greater traction in the House. H.3204 would require the State Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to students enrolling in the seventh grade and to provide parents and guardians with printed information on the HPV vaccination.

This bill passed through committee this week by a vote of 12-2 (with no votes from Reps. Phyllis Henderson and Jonathon Hill).

To ask your representative to vote YES on this bill, click here to send an email.


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