Sample letter to your Kentucky State representative

 

Subject:  Family Friendly Jury Duty Legislation for Kentucky
Dear Senator (or Representative) ___________
 
Would you please support legislation that will require a judge to defer family caregivers from jury service?  Family caregivers are those
Kentucky citizens having active care and custody of a child or children under 6 years of age or a person who is essential to the care of an aged or infirm relative.

As you can probably imagine, jury duty presents significant problems for these Kentucky caregivers  because:

  • A jury service commitment is very unpredictable, which makes it extremely difficult to obtain suitable all-day childcare/care for dependent family member.

  • Substitute care arrangements for children or family members (for jury duty) places a financial hardship on families with only one source of income.

  • A frantic mother would not make a good juror!

Kentucky has already passed a family friendly jury duty law that insures the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby will not be broken due to a nursing mother being forced to serve on a jury.  Shouldn't we go one small, tiny step further to ensure Kentucky's family caregivers and those they care for have similar accommodations?  This is why we need to enact expanded family friendly jury duty legislation -- legislation that would allow:

  •  Parents/guardians caring full-time for a baby or young child the OPTION to defer jury duty until the child reaches the age of 6;

  • Family caregivers the OPTION to defer jury duty until their caregiver responsibilities have ceased.

After their obligations to their children or loved ones have been met, most individuals would be more than happy to fulfill their obligations as good citizens.
Please give your whole-hearted support for expanded family friendly jury duty legislation for the benefit of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sincerely,

Your name
Your address and phone number
(So your KY representative knows you’re in his/her district — very important!)

PS -- Currently, 22 states and U.S. Territories have ‘family friendly jury duty’ laws, and Federal courts currently have similar policies in 76 percent of their jurisdictions.
This would be good legislation for Kentucky's families, it won't disrupt our court system, PLUS – it won’t cost taxpayers a dime!
(Please see this website for documentation: http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/JuryStates/JuryStates.htm )


Here are more sample letters, requesting family friendly jury duty legislation.
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Here are more sample letters, requesting family friendly jury duty legislation.


Click here for tips on how to effectively communicate with your KY legislator.


Click here to find out what NOT to do when contacting your legislator


Afterwards, please e-mail me to let me know the legislator’s response to your letter.


 

Last updated Tuesday April 03, 2007

 

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