Senator Harris' Report from Frankfort

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By The Staff

This week we concentrated on the brave men and women in the military who are sacrificing so much during this time to defend our country and on the most defenseless among us, the unborn. "The Senate passed a series of bills to aid our military and comprehensive pro-life legislation.

Senate Bill 85 will allow all active duty troops including military reserve and National Guard to apply for a full refund of the state income tax. "This measure will not only assist families who are enduring longer than expected deployments but also encourage economic development in Kentucky as more military families will find Kentucky an attractive place to declare residency.

In addition attracting more military families to our communities, we also anticipate positive change with the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process occurring at Ft. Knox which is also expected to bring a significant influx of soldiers. "Senate Bill 111 will allow for the issuance of $296 million in bonds which will be overseen by an economic development board. "These bonds will be used for infrastructure improvements such as roads and water and sewer lines and for education and human services as well.

With so many families on the move, we must also be mindful of the children's transition. "With Senate Bill 68, Kentucky will become a member of an interstate compact that will help ease the paperwork on children in military families who switch school districts.

The Senate honored Pro-Life Day on February 7 with the passage of Senate Bill 40, comprehensive legislation that tackles several areas. "Like any patient, women should have all possible information before undergoing a serious medical procedure. "SB 40 will require doctors to make available to the woman an ultrasound of the baby before any final decisions are made. "Also, it would require in-person counseling 24-hours prior to any procedure. "Right now, some women are "counseled" via recorded phone message which is a highly impersonal way to discuss such an intensely personal decision. "Finally, the bill would align Kentucky's definition of partial-birth abortion with the federal definition so that Kentucky authorities can protect the unborn as much as federal authorities. "

Your input is important to me and I read or listen to all of your messages. "If you have any questions or concerns about these or any other issues, please call toll free at 1/800-372-7181 or log on http://www.lrc.ky.gov/home.htm . I look forward to hearing from you.

Ernie Harris