Updates on Kilahs Law | Press Conference by Robert Pittinger on March 28th

Raleigh NC with Dean Arp

Raleigh NC with Dean Arp

Important Update from Jeff Gerber on the status of Kilahs Law:

As we patiently wait for The NC Senate Appropriations Committee to release “Kilahs Law” to The Full Senate for a vote and onward to The Governor for his signature it is important to understand Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Harm is not just a North Carolina problem. It is a Nationwide problem.

Therefore it is with great excitement to provide you folks with the following information.

“KILAH DAVENPORT CHILD PROTECTION ACT OF 2013”
ENSURES THE PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME.

If enacted, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act will ensure states punish child abusers who inflict serious injury with a minimum sentence of more than 10 years.

States that do not meet minimum sentencing requirements would lose the right to receive federal taxpayer money for child abuse prevention programs. Until states take serious action to punish child abusers, it’s a waste of federal taxpayer money to pay for prevention programs on the front end.

If anyone can attend the press conference today, information below:

Congressman Pittenger will be joined at the announcement by the Davenport family and grassroots supporters who have been fighting for tougher penalties in cases of severe child abuse.

WHO:  Congressman Robert Pittenger, Davenport family, grassroots activists
WHAT:  Announcing federal legislation to increase penalties for severe child abuse
WHEN:  Thursday, March 28th, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Crossing Paths Park, located next to the Town of Indian Trail Administrative Building, 130 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail, NC

CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234

For more information on the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (H.R. 1311), visit www.pittenger.house.gov/kilah.

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Benefit Concert for Kilah | Come Out And Support on March 25th!

536052_3787849894462_783729623_nWe know this is last minute, but there will be a benefit concert in honor of her 4th Birthday!

Monday, March 25, 2013

8:00pm until 11:00pm

40 Rod Roadhouse, Mint Hill, NC

One of the great bands from Kilah Palooza is in town and wants to play for Kilah’s Birthday!

Feature Act:

Shallow Side
https://www.facebook.com/ShallowSideBand
http://shallowside.bandcamp.com/

Opening Band:

Anything Once

http://www.anythingonceband.com/

Come out for some high energy Rock N Roll!

Cover charge is a super inexpensive $5 to see both bands. All proceeds from the event will support the Kilah Davenport Foundation.

We know its a Monday night and this is short notice, but we are pleading with everyone to come on out and hang with friends, have a beer or two and support our precious angel Kilah.

Please invite everyone you know and lets make this a success!

Presented by R. K. Entertainment
https://www.facebook.com/RKEOnline

If you are unable to attend and would like to help, the Kilah Davenport Foundation is a 501-c-3 non profit!!!!

You can also donate any amount via Paypal at:

What Happens Next With Kilahs Law?

trachJeff Gerber gives a great explanation about what happens next for Kilahs Law:

Team Kilah, I wanted to take a moment to explain the process that will take place with” Kilahs Law” now that this Bill is so close to being introduced.

REP. Craig Horn will be introducing the Bill when The Legislature reconvenes on January 30TH. The Bill will then go to The Judiciary B Committee. The members of that committee are then responsible to focus on the details of the bill. From there, public hearings are held.

Decisions about the bill’s merits are then conferred and decided upon. I do not expect any problems with this Committee approving the Bill. After the Bill is released it will go to The NC House for a full floor vote. They take 3 readings (votes) to allow for any Amendments to be offered by House Representatives. If no Amendments are offered by any Representatives all 3 readings could potentially occur in one day. If the Bill passes the 3RD reading it will then be sent to The NC Senate where the same process takes place. If The Senate passes the Bill as introduced to them it then goes to The Governor for consideration. If any changes are approved in The Senate the Bill goes back to The NC House. Due to the incredible public support for “Kilahs Law” I am hopeful this process will go smoothly and the Governor receives this Bill in a Couple Months and signs into Law. Sometimes Bills become Law very fast and other times it can take some time. All we can do is Pray this process happens quickly as “Kilahs Law” will no doubt save lives.

When this bill is introduced by REP. Craig Horn there will be 4-5 Primary Sponsors (that is a huge honor) and quite a few co-Sponsors.

Last but not least I personally want to thank everyone for all your hard work and support in making this Law a reality. Together We Will Prevail. And the beautiful little Kilah Davenport is honored with A State Law introduced in her name.

Kilahs Law Petition Meets 10,000 Signatures Needed!

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As of about 20 minutes ago, the Kilahs Law Petition has met its goal of 10,000 signatures!!! What a milestone!

Thank you message from Kirbi:

Hello Everyone. Kilah and the rest of the Davenport family and Team Kilah family would like to take the moment to thank you all for meeting the 10,000 mark of signatures for the petition to raise the sentencing guidelines for child abusers. Even tho this change in the guidelines will not affect Joshua Houser it makes it known how many people agree with what we are doing for other children who will become a victim. Please continue to share Kilah’s story. Just because we have met our mark doesn’t mean we silence our fight for a change. We continue to tell her story get the word out of how abuse affects children and how much of a miracle Kilah is. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love support and prayers you have shown to my beautiful angel and to myself and our entire family. Keep fighting with us for a change. Thank you all again!

Much love,
The Davenports

Just because this one goal has been met, there is still a need to continue getting people to sign the Kilahs Law Petition. Please continue to share the link as often as possible!

Kilahs New Ride, New Shoes and Trach Removal

Most important news: Trach removal this morning at Levine Childrens Hospital, so everyone please keep Kilah and family in your prayers for a smooth transition today.

Kilah had an exciting day on Tuesday when she got her new wheelchair AND her new shoes! She is riding in style now in her pink wheelchair and she picked out the only camo shoes they had. According to Kirbi, she is still a country girl at heart 🙂

wheelchair new shoes

 

Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting For Kilah

santaKilah rode in the Indian Trail parade today and was part of the tree lighting ceremony along with Christina Morris, a college student who nearly died in a crash involving road rage.

Check out the news coverage below:

Union Co. Christmas celebration Sunday to honor injured girls

Local town celebrates two ‘Christmas miracles’ during holiday event

Today, Kilah will her wheelchair and then Wednesday, hopefully her trach will come out. Kirbi asks that you all pray it is a smooth process.

http://kilahdavenportfoundation.com/

Kilah Home and Doing Well, More Towns Backing Kilahs Law!

Kilah is at home, doing well, and starting to get back on her schedule since the hospital stay. We are all so thankful that everything went well and she can get back to her recovery. 🙂

As mentioned in an earlier post, Jeff Gerber continues to take Kilahs Law to surrounding communities in our area to gain support – so far, no one has let him or the Davenport family down!

The newest additions to communities that have unanimously passed the resolution are Mint Hill, Unionville and Union County! To find out more about their support and what it means, check out these news stories:

Mint Hill Leaders Support Kilah’s Law

Kilah’s Law Receives Unanimous Support

Mint Hill Votes To Support Possible Kilah’s Law

“Kilah’s Law” Supported in Union County

Also, Kilah’s story is staying forefront in the news, and this can only help the push for Kilah’s Law. The more people that see her story, the more support they will have. Share these stories on Facebook and Twitter – we want this to reach across the U.S.

Major improvement for 3 year old Kilah Davenport

Abused toddler’s health continues to improve

If you like Twitter, then it is time to follow Kilah’s Law! Show your support for this law and let everyone know to follow along with updates!

To keep up with family updates, follow Kilah’s Law and More on Facebook.

Reminder: If you haven’t already, sign the Kilah’s Law Petition – it only takes a second!

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