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Kelly Flood receives the Ernesto Scorsone Political Leadership Award, 8th Annual Fairness Awards

“Lexington Fairness presented the 8th annual Fairness Awards at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington Friday night. The organization honored six community leaders and one local business who expressed their commitment to progressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and fairness. The awards included the Ally for Fairness Award, Jennifer Crossen Out for Fairness Award, Jonathan Barker Fairness Leadership Award and the Ernesto Scorsone Political Leadership Award. This year a new award titled the Lexington Fairness Business Impact Awardwas presented. The event featured entertainmentfrom comedian and actor Leslie Jordan​, and musical performances from Safia Hudson​, from Universal Studios Orlando.

State Representative Kelly Flood received the Ernesto Scorsone Political Leadership Award, for her leadership at the state legislative level on behalf of fairness and equality for all Kentuckians. She has been an active sponsor of a statewide fairness ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”


CN|2 Pure Politics: A “critical moment” in state’s education future, House K-12 budget subcommittee chair says

“Six months before lawmakers return to Frankfort to construct and pass a $20 billion state spending plan, Rep. Kelly Flood is preparing to help craft one of the largest portions of the budget — education spending.

Flood, chair of the House K-12 budget subcommittee, told Pure Politics that she has been reviewing a report detailing the best practices to prepare for the challenges for Kentucky’s students.”

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Watch Kelly speak about the education budget here.

In honor of attorney Mark Hinkel, Rep. Kelly Flood pre-files bill to extend look-back for DUI convictions

FRANKFORT – With the goal of keeping more repeat DUI offenders off the road, state Rep. Kelly Flood pre-filed legislation today that would extend the current law’s look-back period for previous offenses from five years to 10.  She is filing her bill in honor of Lexington attorney Mark Hinkel, who was killed late last month during the Horsey Hundred cycling event in Scott County.

“His tragic case underscores the need for a broader review, because had this bill been in effect, there is a good chance the driver charged would have been in jail because media accounts indicated he had more DUIs over the last decade than we know about,” said Rep. Flood of Lexington.  “Kentucky has made a lot of strides over the years in making our roads safer, and my hope is that this proposal will be the next step.”

Rep. Flood said her bill is identical to state Sen. Dennis Parrett’s bill that was considered during the 2015 Regular Session and that, like hers, has been pre-filed for the 2016 Regular Session.  His is dedicated to Brianna Taylor, a Hardin County 17-year-old who was killed last summer in an accident involving a driver with a DUI record who would have faced stiffer penalties under Rep. Flood’s and Sen. Parrett’s proposal.

“I want to make sure that people like Mark and Brianna, and especially those in vulnerable situations like bicyclists and motorcyclists, are not put at undue risk while they are on the road,” Rep. Flood said.  “If someone has multiple DUIs, they need to face a longer review time before their driving record is cleared.  The worst need to be behind bars, not driving.”

Current law escalates the penalties for multiple DUI offenses, with the fourth or greater being a Class D felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison.  Rep. Flood noted that alcohol was a factor in nearly a fifth of Kentucky’s traffic fatalities last year.

“My goal is to make sure no one impaired ever gets behind the wheel, and this bill would help us accomplish that,” she said.  “We may not get to zero, but we have to try.”