HB 416 (House Committee Substitute). This amendment created two new lottery games and expanded video slot machines to the horse tracks under the auspices of shoring up the state pension fund. It passed the House 52-47-1 (2/27/13). It was rejected by the Senate on the grounds of being unconstitutional. He voted against this bill.
HB 279 (2013) Religious Freedom Restoration Act—shores up religious freedom by placing a greater burden on the state before it can infringe on an individual's claim to religious liberty. This bill passed the House by a vote of 82-7 (3-1-13). He voted for this bill.
HB 279 (2013) Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Veto Override). This vote overrides Governor Steve Beshear's veto and passed the House by a vote of 79-15-6 (3-26-13). He voted for this bill.
Right to Life
SB 8 (2014) would have required abortionists to show the ultrasound picture of the unborn child to the mother and explain what they are seeing. Currently, Kentucky women seeking an abortion are kept in the dark about their unborn child’s development. The bill passed the Senate 33-5 (2/5/14) and died in the House Health and Welfare committee. This vote was a discharge petition to bring the bill out of committee. The discharge petition needed a majority to pass. It failed 43-8 (3/14/14). He voted in favor of this bill.
HB 184 (2014) would have required that a physician performing abortions meet in person with a patient at least 24 hours before the abortion in order to answer patient questions and inform the patient of ultrasound imaging opportunities. This bill died in the House Health and Welfare Committee. He cosponsored this legislation.
HB 575 (2014) would have required an ultrasound prior to an abortion. This bill died in the House Health and Welfare Committee. He cosponsored this legislation.