The polarizing national debate over immigration once again found its way into the Kentucky legislature Tuesday, as senators fleshed out opposing views on a bill barring communities from adopting sanctuary city policies.
The Kentucky's Senate's top priority bill banning local sanctuary policies in the commonwealth may have become a lightning rod since its introduction, but Thursday the bill cleared a Senate committee on its way to the full chamber. And not without a vigorous debate.
Immigration and voter ID bills will top the GOP-led Kentucky Senate's non-budget agenda in the 2020 General Assembly. The measures were given top billing in the chamber as lawmakers met for the first time in the new year.
Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for the passage of legislation to ensure that local law enforcement in Kentucky can effectively cooperate with federal agencies in combatting crime. He said some "sanctuary city" policies currently hinder that cooperation.