Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Kentucky Senate passes legislation based on Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence’s KCASA recommendations

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
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House Bill 3 strengthens Kentucky’s sexual predator laws

Frankfort, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence applauded the Kentucky Senate today for strengthening and unanimously voting to pass House Bill 3, legislation which makes Kentucky’s sexual offender laws more stringent.  The original draft of HB 3 was based on the recommendations of the Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults (KCASA).  Lieutenant Governor Pence spearheaded KCASA one year ago to develop a plan to improve Kentucky’s current sex offender laws.

“I applaud the Kentucky Senate for not only passing House Bill 3, but also for strengthening the bill by adding a much-needed amendment to clarify our juvenile record laws.  This legislation will help us protect the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “HB 3 will pave the way to opening the records of violent and dangerous juvenile offenders to the public and law enforcement. This will help the public to have information that we can use to protect ourselves.”

Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and carried the bill in the Senate, noted that the passage of HB 3 was truly a collaborative effort.  "HB 3 is a good and strong piece of legislation that is the collective result of the hard work of the Lieutenant Governor's Office, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee," Stivers said.

The provisions in HB 3 include the following:

*Convicted sex offenders must stay 1000 feet from the furthest point of the of the property line of schools, public pools, and daycare centers.  

*Possession of child pornography will be moved from a misdemeanor crime to a felony.

*A jury will have the opportunity to sentence a repeat sex offender to a lifetime in prison without the possibility of parole for a minimum of 25 years. 

*Public schools and universities will have the authority to require contractors to have criminal background checks. 
*Felony juvenile convictions and those involving deadly weapons will be open to the public. 

*Law enforcement will be allowed to review all juvenile court files, regardless of conviction.  

Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville) also carried the bill in the Senate and applauds the legislation as a proactive measure to protect families. "HB 3 lays the groundwork to help ensure the safety of our children,” said Denton. 

The bill will now go back to the House for concurrence before being sent to Governor Fletcher for his signature.  

“Keeping our children safe is a bipartisan issue that's important to us all," said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "This legislation is an important step in ensuring the safety of Kentucky's children. I commend Lieutenant Governor Pence and the Kentucky Senate for their diligent work on this crucial issue."