FRANKFORT, Ky. (9/10/13) – Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, today received the first annual Legislative Champion Award for his hard work and commitment to Kentucky’s children. He was one of four legislators to receive this honor at the KIDS ARE WORTH IT Conference held in Lexington by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK).
Senator Ridley was honored for being instrumental during the 2013 legislative session to ensure the passage of House Bill 290, which established the Child Fatality Review Panel.
HB 290 establishes an independent panel to review cases of child deaths and near-fatal injuries. The panel will be given complete access to records of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as well as information from law enforcement and other agencies involved in those cases.
“I am honored to receive this award from such an outstanding organization,” Senator Ridley said. “But this work is not about awards, it is about protecting Kentucky’s children. Doing what is best for the children of the Commonwealth is a priority I share with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. I am always happy to do what I can to make sure the bills we pass in Frankfort are in the best interest of our children.”
PCAK is the Commonwealth’s only statewide child abuse prevention organization. PCAK has a number of programs and services aimed at reducing and preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the Commonwealth.
“As Kentucky’s only statewide child abuse prevention organization, with a strong local partner in the Union County: We Educate to End Child Abuse (UC WEECAN) Coalition, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky was pleased to work with Senator Ridley during the 2013 General Assembly. Senator Ridley’s support of HB 290, and his willingness to listen to his constituents who came to him seeking his support, was instrumental in our decision to present Senator Ridley with our inaugural Legislative Champions Award,” said Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Senator Ridley serves the 4th district, which includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster counties.
Information provided by Rosalind Turner
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