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Christopher’s Law

A bill aimed at protecting patrons from unnecessary violent acts by bouncers at Kentucky bars and the implementation of safety requirements and training

State Representative Lisa Willner of Jefferson County’s 35th district in process of filing “Christopher’s Law”

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A mother’s love and plea to legislators to hear HB 207

I am Toni Graham, Christopher McKinney’s mother, and want you to know that Christopher’s untimely death could have been prevented had a law been in place requiring bouncers to have training and certification.  Nothing currently exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Nothing currently exists in many states, actually. On January 5, 2020, I received aContinue reading “A mother’s love and plea to legislators to hear HB 207”

Additional legislators sign on to sponsor HB 207

Three more legislators have signed on as sponsors for Christopher’s Law, bringing the total number of sponsors to 15. The bill currently has bipartisan support. The latest to support Christopher’s Law is Buddy Wheatley (D), Susan Westrom (D) and Joni Jenkins (D). Getting additional sponsors to support Christopher’s Law is important, however there’s so muchContinue reading “Additional legislators sign on to sponsor HB 207”

HB 207 receives bipartisan support of a dozen state legislators, and more

It’s Week 3 of the Kentucky General Assembly session in Frankfort. We have been meeting with many legislators in the House and the Senate and have gained some momentum with Christopher’s Law. The bill, again, has bipartisan support. We would like to thank the following legislators who have signed on to sponsor Christopher’s Law. Additionally,Continue reading “HB 207 receives bipartisan support of a dozen state legislators, and more”

Nashville bar death investigation reveals 4 of 6 security guards who killed a man were unlicensed by the state

In August 2021, 22-year-old Dallas Jordan Barrett, was murdered by six bouncers at Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row in Nashville, Tenn. Security guards held him down for close to 10 minutes and he died of asphyxiation. All 6 security guards have been indicted for the death of Barrett. However, during the investigation into Barrett’s murder, recordsContinue reading “Nashville bar death investigation reveals 4 of 6 security guards who killed a man were unlicensed by the state”

House Bill 207 filed on two-year anniversary of Christopher’s death

On the second anniversary of a constituent’s death after an altercation with a bouncer at Nowhere Bar in Louisville, state Rep. Lisa Willner filed legislation today designed to increase training and other safe-hiring standards for those hired to provide security at bars and nightclubs.  If enacted by the General Assembly, her bill would be calledContinue reading “House Bill 207 filed on two-year anniversary of Christopher’s death”

Bouncers regularly hired via text and through social media with no training

The need for Christopher’s Law has revealed so many gaps in the hiring and training process for bouncers and security personnel at bars and nightclubs. “It is absolutely disturbing to think that your safety when going to a bar, nightclub or popular event is dependent on people who have no training,” said Nicholas Clark, husbandContinue reading “Bouncers regularly hired via text and through social media with no training”

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