Since 2005, when she took the place of popular Democratic State Senator David Karem, Denise Harper Angel has been a political powerhouse in Louisville’s 35th state senatorial district. And today she received the endorsement of the Louisville Fairness Campaign’s Committee for Fairness and Individual Rights (CFAIR PAC).
Senator Harper Angel, who has served in the Senate since 2005, has been a leading proponent of laws to protect the Commonwealth’s children, seniors and citizens with disabilities. She gained statewide attention when she successfully sponsored the ban on texting while driving, and, since its passage, her Golden Alert for impaired missing adults has become a vital tool in reuniting families. She has filed legislation during the 2012 session that strengthens the Golden Alert. Senate Bill 93 expands the Golden Alert to include not just the mentally impaired but physically and developmentally disabled individuals as well and removes age requirements.
In the 2008 general election, Harper Angel handily defeated her two opponents, John Albers (R), and Scott Ritcher (I); with a landslide total of 83.7% of the votes.
During the 2012 session, she has worked for passage of legislation to make it a felony not to report a missing child in a timely manner and make fingerprint checks mandatory for staff at adult institutional and long-term care service providers for the elderly and disabled.
“It has been an honor to serve the 35th district in the Kentucky State Senate and I am proud of the work I have done,” said Senator Harper Angel, who served as Jefferson County’s Property Valuation Administrator from 1990 to 2004. “However, there are still many issues facing the citizens of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky that need to be addressed.”
Senate Bill 23 – Ban on Texting While Driving
Senator Denise Harper Angel sponsored legislation to ban texting on a cellular phone while driving, which also prohibits cell phone use while driving during the first six months of receiving a driver’s license for students under the age of 18. This legislation received bi-partisan support in both the Senate and House and was signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear on April 15, 2010.
“I fought hard to see legislation to ban texting while driving get through the process simply because I believed – and still believe — it is important legislation that will not only save lives, but has the opportunity to train generations of new drivers with safer driving habits,” said Sen. Denise Harper-Angel, of Louisville. “These younger drivers will be prohibited from using cell phones during the first six months of their driving experience. I am thrilled that we have finally taken steps to reduce accidents related to texting.”
Senate Bill 125 – Golden Alert System
Senator Harper Angel sponsored legislation to develop Kentucky’s Golden Alert system went into effect across the state in July, 2008. It works for adults in much the same way as Amber Alerts work for missing children. In the past, police had to wait 72 hours to begin looking for missing adults. The new law will allow a search to begin immediately for a person 18 years or older, who suffers from Alzheimer’s or a mental disability. Normally, family members of an adult who went missing would have to wait 48 hours to file a missing person’s report.
Harper Angel, who lives in the 2500 block of Ransdell Avenue, in Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, is opposed in the May 22 Democratic primary by University of Louisville student Curtis Morrison, whose campaign website, http://www.senatorawesome.com/ claims that he was one of the original organizers of the now-defunct Occupy Louisville demonstration. When Morrison initially filed to run against the incumbent senator in this year’s primary election, he was asked if he really planned to unseat Sen. Harper Angel. His response: “Kind of. I mean, I’m not planning on sitting while in the Senate. It’s not a rule I hope?”
The Fairness political action committee, CFAIR, also announced the following endorsements today:
Judge Irv Maze— KY Court of Appeals District 4, Division 1
Steve Ryan— Commonwealth's Attorney District 30
Amy Shoemaker— KY Senate District 19
Senator Denis Harper Angel— KY Senate District 35
Senator Perry Clark— KY Senate District 37
Representative Tom Burch— KY House District 30
Representative Mary Lou Marzian— KY House District 34
Representative Reginald Meeks— KY House District 42
Representative Joni Jenkins— KY House District 44
Susan D. Johns— KY House District 48
Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott— Metro Council District 1
Councilman Tom Owen— Metro Council District 8
Councilman Rick Blackwell— Metro Council District 12
Teague Ridge — Metro Council District 18
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