Lawmaker: Changes being made to Kentucky immigration bill

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FRANKFORT, January 9 – Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah (center), speaks at a news conference concerning Senate Bill 1, the Federal Immigration Cooperation Act of 2020, alongside (left to right) former Lexington FOP president Jason Rothermund; Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville; Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester. (Courtesy: Kentucky General Assembly)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Employees on the front lines of helping the sick or victims of sexual assault in Kentucky would be exempted from a high-profile immigration bill under changes its lead sponsor is making.

Republican Sen. Danny Carroll announced pending changes Thursday. It’s in response to meetings with an immigration attorney and stakeholder groups.

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One planned change would expand the number of employees exempted from a requirement to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Carroll says employees of domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, public defender offices and public health departments are among those being added to the exemption.