State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian http://wfpl.org en Reproductive Rights Rally Takes Aim at Upcoming Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/reproductive-rights-rally-takes-aim-upcoming-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Arguing that some Kentucky legislators routinely file bills that would be, if enacted, harmful to women, activists rallied Saturday outside the state Capitol to support what they called "reproductive justice" in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session.</p><p>Roughly 75 activists caravanned from Louisville to Frankfort to advocate for legislation that would expand access to abortion and contraceptives, family support programs and comprehensive, science-based sex education.</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 22:44:38 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7422 at http://wfpl.org Reproductive Rights Rally Takes Aim at Upcoming Kentucky General Assembly Session Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women http://wfpl.org/post/two-kentucky-lawmakers-highlight-government-shutdowns-effects-kentucky-women <p>Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.</p><p>The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.</p><p>&quot;Certainly the furloughing of employees&mdash;half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families&mdash;and I don&#39;t know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer,&quot; said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. &quot;That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses.&quot;</p><p>Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.</p><p>Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/228377277/day-2-of-government-shutdown-affects-variety-of-workers?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week</a> or so.</p><p>Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-congressional-leaders-government-shutdown-20131002,0,1901576.story">Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House</a>&nbsp;Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.</p><p>Marzian says the shutdown is a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_from_wic_to_the_panda_cam_seven_ways_the_shutdown_will.html">disaster for women on a number of fronts</a> and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks,&quot; she says. &quot;But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you&rsquo;re here you&rsquo;re on your own.&quot;</p><p>Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:43:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7065 at http://wfpl.org Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women Kentucky Lawmaker to Propose Sexual Harassment Training After Allegations Against Colleague http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-propose-sexual-harassment-training-after-allegations-against-colleague <p>The allegations <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">that a Kentucky state legislator sexually harassed and assaulted two statehouse staffers</a> has led to an effort to impose required training onto lawmakers.</p><div><p>Rep. Mary Lou&nbsp;Marzian, a Democrat from Louisville, plans to introduce a measure in the House on Thursday that would include sexual harassment training in the mandatory ethics education that state legislators are required to undergo.</p><p>No such training is currently required, Marzian said.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 02:27:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6563 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmaker to Propose Sexual Harassment Training After Allegations Against Colleague Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing http://wfpl.org/post/gunning-three-bills-fairness-campaign-hopes-least-kentucky-house-hearing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:00:15 +0000 Rae Hodge 4111 at http://wfpl.org Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bill Addressing Gun Violence in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/democratic-lawmakers-introduce-bill-addressing-gun-violence-kentucky <p>Hoping to reduce gun violence in Kentucky, a group of Democratic lawmakers have filed a bill &nbsp;that would allow Kentucky State Police to set regulations banning certain firearms or high-capacity magazines.</p><p>The bill, which state Sen. Kathy Stein plans to file in the Senate on Thursday, would also <a href="/post/state-law-forces-metro-council-leave-guns-out-deadly-weapons-ordinance-nunchucks-included">allow cities and colleges to regulate guns </a>and would require private background checks &nbsp;for every gun sale in Kentucky.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:04:06 +0000 Kenny Colston 3861 at http://wfpl.org Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bill Addressing Gun Violence in Kentucky Kentucky Club for Growth Releases General Assembly Scorecard http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-club-growth-releases-general-assembly-scorecard <p>The Kentucky Club for Growth has released its legislative report card for the last two sessions of the General Assembly.</p><p>The state chapter is part of the larger conservative political action committee, which advocates for lower taxes, cuts in spending and limited government. Its national scorecards often target Democratic legislators, but it also criticizes Republican lawmakers for being &quot;Republican In Name Only&quot; (RINO) who vote against the club&#39;s taxation agenda.</p><p>The report card rates only four lawmakers with its top distinction of &quot;Defenders of Economic Freedom&quot; with a score over 85 percent. It gives Republican state Representatives Jim DeCesare of Warren County its top rating overall.</p><p>Andy Hightower is the executive director of the Kentucky Club for Growth. He says most Kentucky lawmakers continue to talk about controlling spending, but their rhetoric does not match their votes.</p><p>&ldquo;The people who make decisions are again trying to spend as much as they can despite whatever restraints the revenue levels put on them. I will say this year, the budget reflected these constraints more than in the recent past. The level of spending only increased about 2.7 percent,&rdquo; he says.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:12:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1097 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Club for Growth Releases General Assembly Scorecard