Since being sworn in as the Senator from Louisville’s 35th District, Denise Harper Angel has been leading the way on important health care, public protection and education issues. The following are recent pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Harper Angel.
Senate Bill 23 – Ban on Texting While Driving
Senator Denise Harper Angel sponsored legislation to ban texting on a cellular phone while driving, which also prohibits cell phone use while driving during the first six months of receiving a driver’s license for students under the age of 18. This legislation received bi-partisan support in both the Senate and House and was signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear on April 15, 2010.
“I fought hard to see legislation to ban texting while driving get through the process simply because I believed – and still believe — it is important legislation that will not only save lives, but has the opportunity to train generations of new drivers with safer driving habits,” said Sen. Denise Harper-Angel, of Louisville. “These younger drivers will be prohibited from using cell phones during the first six months of their driving experience. I am thrilled that we have finally taken steps to reduce accidents related to texting.”
Senate Bill 125 – Golden Alert System
Senator Harper Angel sponsored legislation to develop Kentucky’s Golden Alert system went into effect across the state in July, 2008. It works for adults in much the same way as Amber Alerts work for missing children. In the past, police had to wait 72 hours to begin looking for missing adults. The new law will allow a search to begin immediately for a person 18 years or older, who suffers from Alzheimer’s or a mental disability. Normally, family members of an adult who went missing would have to wait 48 hours to file a missing person’s report.
2011 Featured Legislation
Senate Bill 32 – Body Mass Index Tracking
Senator Harper Angel filed legislation to require that preventative health care examination forms for children in school include a measure of body mass index; require the Department of Education to share aggregate data from the forms by state, school district, or county with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Senate Bill 72 – Posting of Hospital Infection Rates
Senator Harper Angel filed legislation to require health care facilities to implement infection prevention program for high risk areas and, throughout the facility, by January 1, 2012; require implementation of best practices that include identification of infected prevention and control policy and public postings of policies and worker and staff education programs; require health facilities to report data on health-facility-acquired infections; require the use of an approved method of data collection and reporting; require the secretary to implement a method for patients to report by July 1, 2012.
Senate Bill 105- Protection of Children in Child-care Facilities During Emergencies
Senator Harper Angel’s bill would create a new section of KRS 199.892 to 199.896 to require a child-care center to have a written plan for evacuation in the event of fire, natural disaster, or other threatening situation; require the plan to be updated annually; require the plan to be provided to local emergency officials and parents; effective December 31, 2011.
2010 Featured Legislation
Senate Bill 86 – Menu Calorie Labeling Bill
Senator Denise Harper Angel sponsored legislation in 2010 to require chain restaurants in Kentucky with at least 20 locations to provide calorie information on menus, menu boards and drive-through menu boards for all standard menu items at point of sale.
“Displaying calorie information in this manner is a common sense approach that would allow consumers to exercise personal responsibility by providing them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions,” said Senator Harper Angel. “C-MEAL (Consumer Menu Education & Labeling) would allow people to make better dining choices.”
The bill received endorsements from the Kentucky Medical Association; Kentucky Nurses Association; Kentucky Public Health Association; Kentucky Diabetes Network, Kentucky Dietetic Association, Kentucky Alliance of YMCAs; American Heart Association; Kentucky Children’s Health and Fitness Fund; Lexington Fayette County Health Department; Northern Kentucky University Wellness Center; Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; Kentucky Youth Advocates, and Kentucky Voices for Health.
SB 30, SB 71 –Military Legislation
Senator Harper Angel was a sponsor of important legislation to help military members and their families during the 2010 legislative session. Senate Bill 30 requires that military personnel and their family eligible for military family assistance trust grants for 180 rather than 90 days after the end of deployment, and to provide for grants for a demonstrated need for a group of several members of the military or their families if approved by a majority of the military family assistance trust fund board; require regulations be drafted to implement the changes. Senate Bill 71 created a special license plate for recipients of the Silver Star Medal or the Bronze Star Medal awarded for valor.
Senate Joint Resolution 76 – 2008 - E-waste
Directs the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet to submit a report to the Legislative Research Commission relating to electronic waste disposal and recycling.
Senate Bill 25 – 2007 - Kentucky Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Enhances nutrition by requiring the program to provide fresh, locally grown produce to low-income seniors and recipients of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children.
Senate Joint Resolution 6 – 2007 - Alzheimer’s
Directs the Kentucky Office on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to assess the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 23 – 2007 - Assistance dogs
Prohibits the denial of emergency medical treatment to assistance dogs because of their handler’s inability to pay prior to treatment.
Senate Bill 174 – 2007 - One-stop Resource Center
Establishes a 1-800 number for aging caregivers of individuals with mental retardation. Offers assistance in many areas including respite service, adult day health, adult day social services, community living services, community programs and resources and information regarding options for future planning.
Senate Bill 202 – 2006 - Osteoporosis
Establishes a statewide osteoporosis education and prevention program.
Senate Bill 19 – 2006 - Electronic health network
Includes electronic registries for advanced directives (living wills) and organ donations as part of the electronic health network.
Senate Bill 170 – 2006 - Emergency management services license plates
Changes the disaster and emergency management license plate to the emergency management license plate.
Senate Joint Resolution 85 – 2005 – Elderly caregivers
Requires the state to study issues relating to elderly caregivers who care for adults with mental retardation.