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SB180/LM (BR1548) - A. Robinson, W. Westerfield, D. Carroll, S. West

     AN ACT relating to the protection of rights.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 446 to define "protected activities," "protected activity provider," and "protected rights"; provide legislative intent; prohibit any statute, regulation, ordinance, order, judgment, of other law or action by any court, commission, or other public agency from impairing, impeding, infringing upon, or otherwise restricting the exercise of protected rights by any protected activity provider; prohibit a protected activity provider from being fined, imprisoned, held in contempt, or otherwise punished or found liable for actions or inactions related to providing or refusing to provide protected activities unless a court finds that the complaining person or the government proved by clear and convincing evidence that a compelling governmental interest in infringing upon the act or refusal to act existed and the least restrictive means was used.


SB180 - AMENDMENTS

     SFA1( W. Westerfield ) - Add definitions for "place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement" and "standard goods or services"; clarify that the bill does not apply to the provision of standard goods or services in the ordinary course of business or at a place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement.
     HFA1( M. Marzian ) - Amend to specify that a protected activity provider shall not be fined, imprisoned, held in contempt, or otherwise punished or held liable for refusing to provide protected activities to a Democrat or a Republican; require persons to provide evidence of party registration upon entering the protected activity provider's business.
     HFA2( M. Marzian ) - Retain original provisions; add renting or leasing a home, selling a home or business, employing an elected official to protected activities; add freedom to refuse to serve an elected official as a protected right.
     HFA3( J. Jenkins ) - Add requirement that protected activity providers give notice to categories of patrons who could potentially be denied service via signage, notice placed on Web sites, and notice included in all print, electronic, or display advertisements.
     HFA4( J. Jenkins ) - Allow transgender, gay, lesbian, or bisexual taxpayers to protest state tax assessments by asserting sexual orientation or gender identity as grounds for reducing a tax assessment by fifty percent.

     Feb 18, 2016 - introduced in Senate
     Feb 22, 2016 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)
     Feb 25, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 26, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 14, 2016 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 15, 2016; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 15, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 22-16 with floor amendment (1); received in House
     Mar 16, 2016 - to Judiciary (H); floor amendments (1), (2), (3) and (4) filed