FRANKFORT, Ky. — A constitutional amendment that would create a crime victims bill of rights is again facing legal challenges in Kentucky. It’s slated to be on the ballot this November.
Marsy’s Law, passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, is being challenged by the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL). The group is challenging the amendment’s constitutionality and process to get onto the ballot. In a statement, KACDL also noted that the amendment would be on the ballot “when a significant portion of the electorate will be disenfranchised by the new voter identification requirement.”
Kentucky voters previously approved the amendment in 2018; however, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned it because of vague wording on the ballot.
Joining the fight in defense of Marsy’s Law is Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R). He filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court last week to defend placing the amendment on the November ballot.
“The Kentucky Constitution permits the General Assembly to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot for consideration by the people,” said Cameron. “Because government derives its power from the people, I will strongly defend the right of Kentuckians to vote on proposed constitutional amendments, including Marsy’s Law.”
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky responded to the challenge.
“The Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 15 in strong bipartisan fashion directing the Kentucky Secretary of State to include the full language of the amendment on the 2020 ballot as the Supreme Court required in its ruling,” reads a statement from the group. “Marsy’s Law is once again committed to fighting this lawsuit to ensure Kentucky crime victims are afforded the equal rights they have so long been denied.”