Government Relations Update from KBA

Legislative Update

When our General Assembly is in Session, it’s hard to know what today will bring in the COVID era.   But one thing is certain about yesterday.   Kentucky bankers proved that our vigilance and our voice is in perfect health.   

Just when we think our members couldn’t be any more impressive with their advocacy readiness and skills, you demonstrate the kind of ‘zero to sixty’ power that we’ve seen over the past 24 hours.   Your speed calls and ability to educate representatives on a murky, complex issue have slowed its powerful momentum to a point where we hope the legislature will take a hard look at this language.  However, this gives the NRA time to crank up their phone banks as well and they will try to play this as a 2nd amendment issue which we all know it isn’t. It is simply about telling our industry who we HAVE to do business with which, is as un-American as it gets. So, we cannot stop putting pressure on our individual legislative members.  Usually, leadership won’t voluntarily put their members in a “blood bath” like this.  We are working hard with leadership to assure that this doesn’t happen.

Ample time for a full assessment of the fall-out from such an unprecedented legislative step might once have been all that was needed to put it in the graveyard of bad ideas.   But that was B.C. –– Before COVID.    

Now, we live in a constant 'state of emergency,’ with high profile interest groups in a kind of warfare they’ve taken to board rooms and legislatures with a 'scorched earth’ mentality.    We’re seeing that with the bill we paused yesterday (HB 175).   That has made this bill a test of wisdom, integrity and resolve for all concerned.  The bankers of Kentucky passed their test.    Congratulations and keep the pressure on over the weekend with more emails and phone calls.  We are gaining support from other sectors of business across Kentucky who realize the dangers of this bill, so we are not alone in our battle.
Join us in saying a prayer for our Commonwealth that our legislative representatives are able to pass their test. Certain things need to be stopped as early as possible (see below).

The best-known versions of the confession in English The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum quotes the following text as one of the many poetic versions of German Lutheran Pastor Martin
Niemoilers confession: 

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist 
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me  

J. Wade  Berry - KBA Chairman
John P. Cooper
Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
Debra K. Stamper

KBA Legislative Team