Who is Lobbying Vaccine Bills in Kentucky?

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.

Comments

  • September 02, 2021 10:02 PM | Lysander Venible
    "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."

    Is there a better expression of official contempt for the taxpayer who is paying for it all? What is the purpose of such opacity? To cloak in the Holy Writ of regulation a Rule or Policy that promotes untraceable official shake-downs.
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