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Social justice reform a possible Kentucky special session focus

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There’s bipartisan support for a special legislative session on social justice reforms but Kentucky lawmakers suggest other issues could be discussed as well. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear met privately with the Legislative Black Caucus to discuss potential legislation Tuesday. While House and Senate Republican Leadership have called for a special legislative session to tackle social justice reforms, Beshar has appeared lukewarm over the idea to this point.

Frankfort Rep. Derrick Graham was in the meeting with Beshear. He would not give particulars about ideas shared but called it a frank discussion and said it went very well.

“I think that it’s a constant conversation,” Graham said, “but I think that we need to look at what we need to address first, and then the governor can decide whether we need to proceed with a special session.”

Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey said he agrees with the idea of a special legislative session.

“I think we should do a special session dealing with systemic racism and criminal justice reform, and I think we could put bail reform on the table,” McGarvey said. “I think we could put banning no-knock warrants, banning choke holds, having civilian review panels — these are things that […]

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