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Kentucky State Legislators Endorse

Family Friendly Jury Duty Legislation page 2

Kentucky State Senator, Ernesto Scorsone

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Sen. Ernesto Scorsone

“I can certainly understand the hardship that it (jury duty) would impose on full-time parents.”

Correspondence to Kelly DiGirolamo from Kentucky State Senator Ernesto Scorsone dated September 30, 1999 . 

 

Sen. Scorsone (-D Lexington) also amended Senate Bill 32 (2000 Session) to include deferment of  jury duty for primary caregivers of an elderly or disabled relative.   Sen. Scorsone said his amendment recognizes the important roles played by many people caring for society’s most vulnerable citizens.

Kentucky State Representative and former chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, Susan Westrom

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Rep. Susan Westrom 

“I feel certain this issue will not go away”

Correspondence to Kathye Schattner from Kentucky State Representative Susan Westrom Former Chair of the Democratic Party of Kentucky.

 

Rep. Westrom, (-D Fayette) along with Rep. Robert Damron,

(-D Jessamine)  worked on behalf of the Family Friendly Jury Duty initiative by filing a House floor amendment containing the family friendly jury duty language to Senate Bill 251 in the 2004 Session of Kentucky’s General Assembly.

 

Update:  In 2005, Rep Westrom co-sponsored HB 228 with Rep. Robert Damron.  HB 228 allows primary caregivers of children under 6 and those caring for an elderly (over 65) or disabled relative to be excused from jury duty, upon request.

Kentucky State Representative, Robert Damron (a.k.a. “Bulldog Bob”)

 

Rep. Robert Damron

Rep. Robert Damron (-D Jessamine) supported the family friendly jury duty initiative during the 2004 Session of Kentucky’s General Assembly.  He worked with Rep. Susan Westrom, and together they filed and supported a House floor amendment containing the family friendly jury duty language to Senate Bill 251.

 

Update:  In 2005,  Rep. Damron co-sponsored HB 228 with Rep. Westrom.  HB 228 allows primary caregivers of children under 6 and those caring for an elderly (over 65) or disabled relative to be excused from jury duty, upon request

Kentucky State Senator Elizabeth Tori, Senate Majority Leader

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Sen. Elizabeth Tori

Senate Bill 32 recognizes the plight of mothers who can’t afford baby sitters while serving on juries

There is no shortage of people eligible for jury duty”

Lexington Herald-Leader,  February 9, 2000.

Kentucky State Senator Elizabeth Tori (R-Radcliff),

Senate Majority Leader.

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