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  • September 09, 2021 1:20 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    Below are sample email outlines. Keep in mind that this is just a sample. Please use this inspiration and put your own spin on it. If you get a response from your legislators, please let us know at info@kmfc.org.

    Click here to find your State Senator and State Representative

    Include the word “constituent” in your subject line

    TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

    Dear Representative_____,

    First paragraph: introduce yourself and state where you live. If you have any connections to the legislator, you can mention that. (Do you go to church together, your kids play little league together, etc?)

    Paragraph Two: Please vote YES on HFA 1 to HB3.

    This amendment specifies that if an entity is going to receive COVID relief funding, then it must provide basic exemptions to vaccine mandates.

    I support the right of every person to make their own medical decisions, regardless of whether I would make the same decision for myself and my family. (Insert your own story/reasons)

    Closing paragraph: Thank you for your consideration, and please let me know how you plan to vote on these amendments if they are called for a vote.

    Sincerely,

    Your Name
    Your Home Address

    The Senate Amendments are now dead, and there is no need to send the email below.

    TO YOUR SENATOR

    Dear Senator_____,

    First paragraph: introduce yourself and state where you live. If you have any connections to the legislator, you can mention that. (Do you go to church together, your kids play little league together, etc?)

    Paragraph Two: Please vote YES on SFA 4, 6, and 7 to SB2.

    SFA 4 requires healthcare entities that mandate the COVID vaccine to allow for conscientious objection exemptions. With the devastating shortage of healthcare workers, this provision will help retain workers who are desperately needed. SFA 6 would require this of all employers. SFA 7 would prohibit a state-funded employer from mandating a COVID vaccine.

    I support the right of every person to make their own medical decisions, regardless of whether I would make the same decision for myself and my family. (Insert your own short story/reasons)

    Closing paragraph: Thank you for your consideration, and please let me know how you plan to vote on these amendments if they are called for a vote.

    Sincerely,

    Your Name
    Your Home Address

  • September 01, 2021 2:29 PM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    Normally, the Kentucky General Assembly convenes each January and works for either 30 or 60 days, depending on the year. Outside of those “session” days, the legislature cannot make any binding decisions. The exception comes to if a special session is called by the Governor.

    A special session is one that occurs between the regular sessions, and it can only be initiated by the Governor. The Governor also sets the agenda of what can be undertaken in a special session. 

    While no one knows for certain, many signs coming out of Frankfort suggest that a special session could be coming very soon. It is assumed that negotiations are currently taking place between Republican legislative leadership, who control both the House and the Senate, and the Governor. It is likely that whatever will be passed during the special session will essentially already be agreed upon before the legislature ever convenes. That means that the decisions are very likely being made right now. The common thought is that additional NTI days for schools and mask mandates may be on the agenda. However, other COVID related items could also potentially be fair game.

    What should you be doing right now?

    As always, you, the Kentucky citizen, have an important role. Your State Representative and State Senator both need to hear from you immediately about medical freedom and vaccine mandates. 

    If you are a healthcare worker facing a vaccine mandate, let your legislators know how you feel about that. If you’ve been denied a medical or religious exemption, let them know that. If you are employed at any other Kentucky business that is mandating vaccines, let your legislator know that. If you are a college student or employee facing a vaccine mandate, let them know that.  If you are not facing one of these situations, you can still voice your concern for your friends, family, and neighbors who are facing these mandates.

    Some other talking points you may want to include, written in your own words:

    • Employees should not be treated as the property of their employer
    • The government tells businesses what they can and cannot do in many situations, so making laws protecting workers from mandates is no different
    • The right to make your own medical decisions while remaining employed should be held above the rights of businesses
    • All Kentucky citizens should be able to conscientiously object to vaccines and medical interventions in all situations
    • Vaccine passports are discriminatory and have no place in Kentucky

    Click here to find out who is your State Senator and State Representative. Here is a post with more info.

    Sample Email

    Below is a sample email outline. Keep in mind that this is just a sample. Please use this inspiration and put your own spin on it. If you get a response from your legislators, please let us know at info@kmfc.org.

    Include the word “constituent” in your subject line

    Dear Senator/Representative _____,

    First paragraph: introduce yourself and state where you live. If you have any connections to the legislator, you can mention that. (Do you go to church together, your kids play little league together, etc?)

    Paragraph Two: While SB8, passed during the most recent session, would allow for exemptions from vaccines mandated by the state, I am very concerned about the increasing workplace mandates in our state. I support the right of every person to make their own medical decisions, regardless of whether I would make the same decision for myself and my family. (Insert your own story/reasons)

    Closing paragraph: I understand that no bills can be passed until the legislature is in session. Whenever that happens, I ask you to please work to pass meaningful legislation, such as BR106, to protect Kentuckians from workplace vaccine mandates

    Sincerely,

    Your Name

    Your Home Address


  • August 16, 2021 9:57 PM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    There are some Kentucky hospitals and healthcare organizations that have published their stance on not mandating a vaccine. At this time, we know of these organizations:

    Russell County Hospital

    Rockcastle County Hospital

    Carroll County Memorial Hospital


  • August 09, 2021 4:00 PM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    Here's the link:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/807379809977394/

  • June 02, 2021 1:33 PM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    On May 28, several KMFC board members had the opportunity to attend a Lincoln Day Dinner event in Jessamine County, KY. We were graciously offered a table to display info on our organization. The guest speaker was US Congressman Bill Posey, who is a fierce medical freedom advocate.

    You may recall (especially if you've seen the first Vaxed documentary) that Congressman Posey was involved in trying to have the CDC whistleblower on the MMR studies, Dr. Thompson, testify before Congress. A great deal of Congressman Posey's remarks at the event were focused on the importance of preserving medical freedom.

    Also present at the event was US Congressman Brent Guthrie of KY. Congressman Guthrie was a primary sponsor of the unsuccessful 2019 VACCINES act which aimed to nationally track and fund research into vaccine hesitancy and to target communities with lower rates of vaccine uptake.

    KMFC reps asked Congressman Guthrie about the 2019 legislation and his intent behind the bill. While Guthrie did not clarify his intent, he did indicate that he does not support vaccine mandates. He did not have any specifics as to how he would work against mandates.

    If you are a constituent of Congressman Guthrie, we encourage you to let him know that you want him to be proactive in stopping vaccine mandates. You can contact him here.


  • May 13, 2021 1:23 PM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    Anyone who engages in lobbying activities in Kentucky must register and file regular reports with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission (KLEC). Recently, KLEC produced a new report, available to the public, whereby you can see all the topics and bills that were lobbied by every registered entity in the state.

    While there were several vaccine related bills in the 2021 session, here is just a partial list of the organizations that reported lobbying regarding SB8 (the bill that passed):

    • Amazon. com Services, LLC
    • American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologist
    • American Council of Engineering Co. of KY
    • Appalachian Regional Healthcare
    • Beam Suntory, Inc.
    • Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Cincinnati Bell, Inc. & Its Subsidiaries
    • Delta Dental Plan of Kentucky
    • Delta Natural Gas Company Inc.
    • Epilepsy Foundation Kentuckiana
    • Fayette County Public Schools
    • Glaxo SmithKline
    • Greater Louisville, Inc.
    • Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
    • Hosparus, Inc.
    • Humana, Inc.
    • Jefferson County Public Schools
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • KVC Health Systems, Inc.
    • KY Assn. of School Superintendents
    • KY Assn. of School Administrators
    • KY Assn. of Manufacturers
    • KY Assn. of Health Plans Inc.
    • KY Credit Union League, Inc.
    • KY Education Association
    • KY Equal Justice Center
    • KY Health Departments Association
    • KY Home Care Association
    • KY League of Cities, Inc.
    • KY Medical Freedom Coalition (us!)
    • KY Senior Living Association, Inc.
    • KY Society of Professional Engineers
    • LeadingAge Kentucky
    • LG&E and KU Energy LLC
    • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Its Affiliates
    • National Assn. of Social Workers KY Chapter
    • National Federation of Independent Business
    • Northern KY Chamber of Commerce
    • Northern KY University Foundation, Inc.
    • Norton Healthcare, Inc.
    • Owensboro Health
    • Pfizer Inc.
    • Pharmaceutical Research & Manuf. of America
    • Saint Joseph Health System
    • Sanofi US
    • Turning Point Brands
    • Verizon Wireless, Cellco Partnership
    • WellCare Health Insurance Company of Ky., Inc.

    Organizations are not required to report whether they lobbied for or against a particular bill, or whether they were actively lobbying the bill versus just monitoring the status of the bill. However, looking at some of the names on the list, conclusions can likely be accurately drawn about the stances of many of these organizations.

  • March 16, 2021 11:17 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    On Friday, March 12, the House passed SB8 by a vote of 77-20. A total of eight floor amendments were filed to propose various changes to the bill, but ultimately none of the floor amendments were approved. 

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    House floor vote on SB8

    The House did, however, make a very small change when the bill passed through the House Health & Family Services Committee. The bill used the term "medical provider" in regard to medical exemptions, and this was changed to "health care provider" to be consistent with current terminology. Because of this small change, it was necessary for the bill to return for the Senate in order for the Senate to "concur" with the changes. On March 16 the Senate voted to concur with the change with a vote of 33-1. 

    You can watch a recording of the House floor debate on SB8 here. Be sure to click on Part 1. The discussion begins at approximately 29:27.

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    Senate concurrence vote of 33-1

    After a few more procedural steps, SB8 will be sent to the Governor for action. The Governor can sign the bill into law, not sign the bill and it can become law without signature, or veto. If the Governor vetoes the bill, the legislature would have the opportunity to override the veto on the final days of the session, March 29 or 30. The Governor has 10 days to act upon the bill, not counting Sundays.

    About SB8

    If the state were to ever mandate a vaccine due to an epidemic, be it COVID or any other disease, the language in SB8 would allow any Kentuckian to claim a medical, religious, or conscientious belief/philosophical exemption. The current bill does not add or remove anything from the current medical and religious exemptions for daycare or K-12 attendance.

    The original bill language would have also added a philosophical exemption for daycare and K-12, but this language was removed in the Senate due to pushback from schools and medical groups. You can read the entire text as it currently stands 
    here


  • March 06, 2021 10:16 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    SB8 passed favorably out of the House Health & Family Services Committee on March 4. That same day, four floor amendments were filed. The bill has had two readings and the next step is a vote by the full House, which could come on March 11 or 12. Keep reading below for information on these four amendments and why we oppose each of them.

    You can see all the amendments here.

    Oppose Floor Amendments 1, 2, 3, and 4


     Here is a summary of the four floor amendments and why we oppose them all.

    Amendment 1- Rep. Willner – OPPOSE
    This amendment significantly changes the bill so that children cannot be exempted by their parents on religious grounds or conscientiously held beliefs for any potential future vaccine mandated by the state. As we know, Kentucky children can already be exempted from vaccination requirements to attend daycare or K-12 schools, and it is absolutely abhorrent to suggest that parents of those same children could not at the same time be exempt them from a state mandated vaccine due to an epidemic. This makes absolutely no sense at all.
     
    Amendment 2 – Willner – OPPOSE
    This amendment defines “health care provider” as “medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or a pharmacist who is licensed in Kentucky” for purposes of medical exemptions, which impacts current medical exemptions for school and daycare, as well as the medical exemptions created by this bill for a potential state mandated vaccine for all persons due to an epidemic.

    First, there have already been multiple interpretations of the language in this amendment. Does it mean that all the listed providers must be licensed in Kentucky, or does it mean only the pharmacists must be licensed in Kentucky?
    Next, the current process for medical exemptions for school or daycare are notated by a signature on form EPID 230, the Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status. This form already has stipulations for who is authorized to sign it.

    More importantly, it is common for children and adults with complex medical needs to see out of state providers for specialized care. It may well be the case that this provider, who understands the complexities of the individual, is the one who determines that the individual is not a candidate for vaccination. This amendment limits the ability of medical exemptions to be granted to only Kentucky licensed providers. This is not in the best interest of compromised individuals, and it would invalidate some existing medical exemptions for children with regard to K-12 and daycare.

    Also, Kentucky has many border states. There are many Kentuckians who see a provider in another state on a regular basis, even without complex medical needs. Those providers may or may not also be licensed in Kentucky.

    Amendment 3 – Marzian – Oppose
    As was stated in committee, the intent of this amendment is friendly, but unfortunately it was drafted in a way that makes it not applicable to SB8. Although the need for SB8 was brought about by the COVID pandemic, this is not a COVID specific bill. The amendment reads: “The form shall include information on the symptoms and health risks of diseases, including the coronavirus, for which the immunization exemption is submitted.”

    This bill would apply to any vaccine mandated in the future for any epidemic. If in 10 years there is a new disease and the state mandates a vaccine for all citizens, this amendment would require the exemption form to also include information on coronavirus, which may be eradicated by then. Not to mention, there are many different types of coronavirus.

    In looking at the form already created by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for use specifically in daycare and K-12 exemptions, we can see that they do include information on the risks of each disease on that form. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that even without this amendment, the intent of this amendment will be carried out by CHFS if and when they ever need to create a form. Keep in mind that a form will never even be needed if we never encounter a situation where the state decides to mandate a vaccine for all people. 

    Finally, it is quite one-sided for the form to only contain information on health risks of the disease and not also include health risks of the vaccine being declined.
     
    Amendment 4 – Willner – Oppose
    This amendment is a definition of epidemic take from Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Third Edition An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    The amendment reads, “As used in this section, "epidemic" means the occurrence of more cases of disease, injury, or other health condition than expected in a given area or among a specific group of persons during a particular period. Usually, the cases are presumed to have a common cause or to be related to one another in some way.”

    This language is extremely broad and is intended for use in public health contexts. This language is NOT suitable for statute. The statute would be no more clear with this amendment added than it is today without having this vague definition of epidemic added.

    This definition does not specify who must declare the epidemic, or how it must be declared. Words and phrases like “usually,” “presumed,” “in some way”, and “more… than expected” are arbitrary and add no benefit. What entity sets the expectations of levels of disease as the threshold? SB8 is specific to vaccines being required in an epidemic, but this definition also include injuries. We do not vaccinate against injuries. 

    Contact Your Representative - "Yes on SB8 and NO on Amendments 1-4"

    1. Continue to call the message line daily at 1-800-372-7181 and ask to leave the following messages:

    • For your REPRESENTATIVE in support of SB8. "Please vote YES on SB8 and vote no on Amendments 1-4. This is not about COVID, but about medical freedom." Feel free to customize your message, but keep it brief!
    • 2. Email your REPRESENTATIVE asking them to support SB8. Put "Vote YES on SB8, oppose amendments 1-4 - Constituent e-mail" in the subject line. See further below for a sample e-mail.

    Find your Legislators here. If your Rep does not have their e-mail listed on their bio page, it is firstname.lastname@lrc.ky.gov. You can also get tips here. Please forward any responses received to us at info@kmfc.org. Keep your e-mail concise. Here are some suggestions from our lobbyist and legislators:

    Talk about:
    • Personal/individual liberty
    • Support for mandate removal
    • This isn't about COVID, but about the state mandating any future vaccine
    • Government shouldn't be able to mandate medical procedures
    • Religious freedom and choices
    • Medical freedom and choices
    Avoid:
    • Anything off topic (like masking, impeachment, etc.)
    • Vaccine safety
    • Anything that could be considered a conspiracy theory, especially related to the COVID vaccine

    ​Sample email or letter to House Members on SB8

    Subject line: Vote YES on SB and no on amendments 1-4, constituent e-mail
    Dear Representative (their last name),

    Senate Bill 8 has passed Health & Family Services, and I am asking you to please vote Yes on this bill and No to floor amendments 1-4 and uphold my ability to make my own medical decisions under any circumstance. This bill passed the Senate with a vote of 34-1.

    I am deeply troubled that current Kentucky law would allow the state to forcibly vaccinate me and my family without consent. KRS 214.036 currently states, “In the event of an epidemic in a given area, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may, by emergency regulation, require the immunization of all persons within the area of epidemic, against the disease responsible for such epidemic.” This is dangerous and unacceptable and it must be changed.

    If, in the future, the state were to mandate a vaccine for all citizens due to an epidemic, SB8 would allow Kentucky citizens to be exempted by reason of medical contraindication, religious objection, or objection due to conscientiously held beliefs. There are no current exemptions for adults in Kentucky law, other than for long-term care facilities. The existing exemptions that are more commonly known about relate to children in daycare and K-12 schools. SB8, as amended by the Senate, does NOT change the exemptions for childhood vaccines

    Previously, it may have been easy to read the language in KRS 214.036 and discount it as something that would “never happen.” But the events of the past year place these words in a new context. While the administration has stated that there are “no current plans” for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, we cannot predict what will happen in the future with the current pandemic or any subsequent situation.  This bill is not only about the COVID vaccine. The government must not be able to force a medical intervention on an individual. This statement stands as inalienable truth and is further reinforced by the fact that the manufacturers of vaccines have no liability for the damages inflicted by their products (National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and The PREP Act).

    My reasoning for opposing the floor amendments is as follows. Amendment 1 would remove the ability for parents to exempt their child if the state were to mandate a vaccine in an epidemic. It has nothing to do with existing exemptions for school. Amendment 2 would only allow in-state health care providers to approve a medically necessary exemption, but many people with complex health needs see specialists in other states. Amendment 3 assumes that this bill is only about a COVID vaccine and requires any exemption form to have information about "coronavirus," but this bill applies to any future epidemic. Amendment 4 attempts to define "epidemic," but does so in language that is far too broad to be useful in statute. 

    Thank you for your time. 

    Sincerely,
    Your Name
    Your Home Mailing Address

    Responses

    If you receive a response from a legislator, please share it with us at info@kmfc.org.

    What is SB8?

    If the state were to ever mandate a vaccine due to an epidemic, be it COVID or any other disease, the language in SB8 would allow any Kentuckian to claim a medical, religious, or conscientious belief/philosophical exemption. The current bill does not add or remove anything from the current medical and religious exemptions for daycare or K-12 attendance.

    The original bill language would have also added a philosophical exemption for daycare and K-12, but this language was removed in the Senate due to pushback from schools and medical groups. You can read the entire text as it currently stands 
    here


  • February 24, 2021 10:11 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    UPDATED 3/1: SB8 has been referred to the House Health & Family Services Committee. The House committees have a process known as "posting" whereby bills are posted or announced at least 24 hours before they are considered by a committee. SB8 was posted today (3/1). It is possible it could be heard by the committee this Thursday (3/4) when the committee meets at Noon EST. 

    What is SB8?

    If the state were to ever mandate a vaccine due to an epidemic, be it COVID or any other disease, the language in SB8 would allow any Kentuckian to claim a medical, religious, or conscientious belief/philosophical exemption. The current bill does not add or remove anything from the current medical and religious exemptions for daycare or K-12 attendance.

    The original bill language would have also added a philosophical exemption for daycare and K-12, but this language was removed in the Senate due to pushback from schools and medical groups. You can read the entire text as it currently stands 
    here

    What you need to do now

    1. Continue to call the message line daily at 1-800-372-7181 and ask to leave the following messages:

    • For your REPRESENTATIVE in support of SB8. "Please vote YES on SB8 and support medical freedom." Feel free to customize your message, but keep it brief!
    • For members of the HOUSE HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES COMMITTEE: "Please vote YES on SB8 in Committee."
    2. Email your REPRESENTATIVE asking them to support SB8. Put "Vote YES on SB8 - Constituent e-mail" in the subject line. See further below for a sample e-mail.

    3. Email all members of the HOUSE HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES COMMITTEE asking them to vote YES on SB8. Put "Vote YES on SB8 in committee" in the subject line. If one of the members is your Representative, be sure to include that you are their constituent. Below are the emails of the committee members. We recommend that you send separate e-mails if time permits. At very least, use the BCC function if you are only going to send one e-mail. See further below for a sample email.

    Kimberly.Moser@lrc.ky.gov
    MelindaGibbons.Prunty@lrc.ky.gov
    Danny.Bentley@lrc.ky.gov
    Adam.Bowling@lrc.ky.gov
    Josh.Bray@lrc.ky.gov
    Tom.Burch@lrc.ky.gov
    Ryan.Dotson@lrc.ky.gov
    Daniel.Elliott@lrc.ky.gov
    Ken.Fleming@lrc.ky.gov
    Deanna.Frazier@lrc.ky.gov
    MaryLou.Marzian@lrc.ky.gov
    Felicia.Rabourn@lrc.ky.gov
    Josie.Raymond@lrc.ky.gov
    Steve.Riley@lrc.ky.gov
    Scott.Sharp@lrc.ky.gov
    Steve.Sheldon@lrc.ky.gov
    Nancy.Tate@lrc.ky.gov
    Russell.Webber@lrc.ky.gov
    Susan.Westrom@lrc.ky.gov
    Lisa.Willner@lrc.ky.gov

    Find your Legislators here. If your Rep does not have their e-mail listed on their bio page, it is firstname.lastname@lrc.ky.gov. You can also get tips here. Please forward any responses received to us at info@kmfc.org. Keep your e-mail concise. Here are some suggestions from our lobbyist and legislators:

    Talk about:
    • personal/individual liberty
    • support for mandate removal
    • government shouldn't be able to mandate medical procedures
    • religious freedom and choices
    • medical freedom and choices
    Avoid:
    • anything off topic (like masking, impeachment, etc.)
    • vaccine safety
    • anything the medical establishment would consider a conspiracy theory


    4. Bonus - If you'd like to take an additional step, we recommend you send a physical letter or even a nice card to your Representative asking them to support SB8. Use the same process listed above to find your Representative. On their bio page you will find a mailing address. Some will have both their home address and Frankfort office address listed. Either are fine to use. You can even send a letter to both addresses!

    Sample email or letter to House Members on SB8

    Subject line if you are a constituent: Vote YES on SB, constituent e-mail
    Subject line if you are not a constituent: Vote YES on SB 8

    Dear Representative (their last name),

    Senate Bill 8 is now in the House, and I urge you to vote Yes on this bill and uphold my ability to make my own medical decisions under any circumstance. This bill passed the Senate with a vote of 34-1.

    I am deeply troubled that current Kentucky law would allow the state to forcibly vaccinate me and my family without consent. KRS 214.036 currently states, “In the event of an epidemic in a given area, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may, by emergency regulation, require the immunization of all persons within the area of epidemic, against the disease responsible for such epidemic.” This is dangerous and unacceptable and it must be changed.

    If, in the future, the state were to mandate a vaccine for all citizens due to an epidemic, SB8 would allow Kentucky citizens to be exempted by reason of medical contraindication, religious objection, or objection due to conscientiously held beliefs. There are no current exemptions for adults in Kentucky law, other than for long-term care facilities. The existing exemptions that are more commonly known about relate to children in daycare and K-12 schools. SB8, as amended by the Senate, does NOT change the exemptions for childhood vaccines

    Previously, it may have been easy to read the language in KRS 214.036 and discount it as something that would “never happen.” But the events of the past year place these words in a new context. While the administration has stated that there are “no current plans” for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, we cannot predict what will happen in the future with the current pandemic or any subsequent situation. The government must not be able to force a medical intervention on an individual. This statement stands as inalienable truth and is further reinforced by the fact that the manufacturers of vaccines have no liability for the damages inflicted by their products (National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and The PREP Act).

    Thank you for your time. 

    Sincerely,
    Your Name
    Your Home Mailing Address

    Responses

    If you receive a response from a legislator, please share it with us at info@kmfc.org.



  • January 06, 2021 10:09 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

    Yesterday was the first day of the 2021 Kentucky Legislative Session. It is going to be an unusual year with changes made to various aspects of the legislative process, including how citizens can participate in the process.

    Several bills were filed that we want to share with you. Some of these bills were pre-filed and were previously known under their BR (bill request) number. Going forward for the rest of the 2021 session, they will be known by their HB or SB number.


    ☑️HB 36 (BR301)- S. Maddox and 8 co-sponsors. "AN ACT relating to ensuring basic liberties regarding immunizations and *declaring an emergency."

    This bill eliminates language from KRS 214.036 that would allow the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to vaccinate "all persons" in the event of an "epidemic." This is the bill for which many of you have already voiced your support when it was known as BR 301. We urge you to keep showing your support by asking your House Representative to support and co-sponsor HB 36.

    See the details and read the full bill at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/HB36.html
    (click on the link for Introduced to see the full bill text.)


    ☑️SB 8- M. Wilson- "AN ACT relating to exceptions to mandatory immunization requirements and *declaring an emergency." (This bill was first filed as SB28, then withdrawn and filed again as SB8.)

    This is a newly filed bill with some interesting language. It adds to the current vaccine exemptions for schools and daycares exemptions for "conscientiously held beliefs." This language is proposed to be added to all places in existing statute where exemptions are listed. This bill also takes a different approach than HB 36 to the "epidemic" language in KRS 214.036. Rather than eliminating the language, HB 8 provides for exemptions to any mandatory vaccination in the event of an epidemic.

    Contact your state Senator and ask them to support and co-sponsor SB 8.

    See details and read the full bill at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/SB8.html
    (click on the link for Introduced to see the full bill text.)

    ☑️HB 101 (BR 892)- M. Hart and one co-sponsor- "AN ACT prohibiting vaccination requirements for postsecondary education students."

    https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/HB101.html
    (click on the link for Introduced to see the full bill text.)
    .
    ☑️SB 37 (BR 418)- R. Girdler- "AN ACT relating to immunization and declaring an emergency."

    This bill is, in part, identical to HB 36. It differs in that it adds a section to prohibit required immunization of any employee by an employer.

    https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/SB37.html
    (click on the link for Introduced to see the full bill text.)

    Update 1/13/21

    ​Since this post was first published, SB28 was withdrawn and re-filed as SB8. Also, SB98 was filed.

    SB 98 - A. Southworth- "AN ACT relating to immunizations."
    Amend KRS 344.010 to define "immunization"; amend KRS 344.040 to prohibit employers from discriminating against an individual who declines immunization or requiring immunization as a condition of employment.

    https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb98.html
    ​(click on the link for Introduced to see the full bill t
    ext.)

    Going Forward

    Be sure to check back for updates on our website and social media as these bills hopefully advance.

    For info on contacting your legislators, click here.

    *In this context, declaring an emergency means that this bill, if passed, it would take effect more quickly than a bill without this provision.


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