Amendments http://wkms.org en Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session http://wkms.org/post/jenkins-advocates-ethics-bill-next-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins says if a special legislative session is called for later this year, ethics reform should be on the agenda.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the session, Jenkins filed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would reconfigure the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which has come under fire after it found former lawmaker John Arnold not guilty of sexual harassment charges, but the Senate didn’t take up that bill.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:16 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39981 at http://wkms.org Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session Pension Boost Amendment in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/pension-boost-amendment-illinois <p>A top Illinois Democrat says pension boosts for public employees&nbsp;should require more support in the General Assembly before becoming law. House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a constitutional amendment to require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate for any legislation that increases retirement benefits. A simple majority is required now. The state owes its pension systems $80 billion. The Legislature would have to approve the idea by May 6 to put the question before voters in the November election.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:22:21 +0000 Shelly Baskin & the associated press 17614 at http://wkms.org Abortion, Ultrasound Battle Rages on Illinois House Floor http://wkms.org/post/abortion-ultrasound-battle-rages-illinois-house-floor <p>A legislative battle over abortions and ultrasounds has reached the Illinois House floor.&nbsp; Abortion opponents want to require that women be given the option of seeing an ultrasound image of their fetus before undergoing an abortion. Unlike proposals in some other states, it would not force women to obtain an ultrasound.&nbsp; Abortion-rights advocates are fighting the bill. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:17:08 +0000 Todd Hatton 17459 at http://wkms.org Catholic Coalition Opposes Gambling http://wkms.org/post/catholic-coalition-opposes-gambling <p>Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos. Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators today detailing the concerns of the state&#39;s four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of this opposition is for us is because this is not a reliable source of income, it&rsquo;s regressive in nature, and we need to find better ways to meet the needs of Kentuckians.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:07:09 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17002 at http://wkms.org Gambling Amendment Would Allow Up to Seven Casinos http://wkms.org/post/gambling-amendment-would-allow-seven-casinos <p>After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling.</p><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-2-14-pdf-Gaming-Constitutional-Amendment.pdf">The amendment</a> allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track has a casino.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:47:26 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 16919 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Chamber Lead Gambling Amendment Coalition http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-chamber-lead-gambling-amendment-coalition <p><font size="2">A newly-formed coalition of businesses, unions and education groups have teamed up to get a constitutional amendment for gambling on the ballot in Kentucky.<br /><br /> The group is called the Kentucky Alliance for Jobs. It&#39;s a 501(c)(4), meaning it can raise money and advertise to support casino gaming.<br /><br /> The alliance is led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Dave Adkisson says the coalition is large and diverse, and the members don&#39;t always get along.<br /> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:12:38 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 16860 at http://wkms.org