Two constitutional amendments on the ballot in Kentucky

Two constitutional amendments are on the ballot in Kentucky this election cycle.

In short, Amendment 1 gives the state legislature the ability to call itself into session for up to 12 days and remove specific legislative session end dates.

Kentucky is one of 14 states in which only the governor could call a special session.

The bill passed through the Kentucky House with a 78-16 vote, and a 31-4 vote in the Kentucky Senate.

State Rep. Josh Branscum voted in favor of the bill.

Voting yes on Amendment 1 is a vote in support of giving the state legislature this power, while voting no on Amendment 1 would be a vote for keeping the current system in place.

Amendment 2 on the ballot deals with reproductive rights in the state of Kentucky.

Amendment 2 would amend the Bill of Rights of the Kentucky Constitution to state that nothing in the state constitution protects or secures a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.

The bill passed through the Kentucky House with a 76-20 vote, and a 32-6 vote in the Senate.

State Rep. Josh Branscum also voted in favor of this bill.

At this time, abortion is illegal in Kentucky under a trigger law, which went into effect after the decision in June by the United States Supreme Court to strike down Roe v. Wade.

The only exception is in a case where the mother’s life is deemed to be in danger.

Voting yes on Amendment 2 would be a vote in favor of amending the constitution. Voting no would be a vote in favor of keeping the constitution the same in regard to reproductive rights.

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