FRANKFORT, Ky (WBKO)--- The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill which would make terrorism punishable under Kentucky law.
Senate Bill 57, which is sponsored by Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville), would define acts of terrorism and make them an offense punishable by a life sentence in prison without probation or parole. It would also allow the victims of such acts to sue for damages in civil courts.
Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively) voiced concern over the bill by asking if terrorism should fall under state or federal jurisdiction.
Sen. Wise said that the bill would allow families to seek action by the state in cases where the federal government may not see an act as an act of terrorism.
Senate Bill 57 passed in committee by a vote of 17-0 and now heads to the full Senate for a final vote.
The bill is also being referred to as Andy's Law after Andy Long, an American soldier killed by a self-proclaimed terrorist in 2009 outside of a recruitment office in Arkansas.