Bills en Governor Expresses Concerns over Charter Schools Bill <p>Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.</p><p>The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.</p><p>Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn&#39;t want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:36:32 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17668 at Beshear Signs Amish Buggy Bill <p><font size="2">Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.</font><br /> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:22:48 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17600 at Beshear Signs Amish Buggy Bill TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement <p>Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children&rsquo;s school performance.&nbsp; One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards.&nbsp; According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation.&nbsp; T Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:27:51 +0000 AP 17562 at TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement Illinois Bill Aims to Make Online Dating Safer <p>Illinois state lawmakers are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites.&nbsp; Legislation aiming to do that passed the House last week.&nbsp; It would require Internet dating services operating in the state to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.&nbsp; The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Representative Michelle Mussman.&nbsp; She says she wants to help Internet users &quot;become more savvy&quot; and protect themselves from online predators.&nbsp; Opponents say the bill overreaches. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:54:58 +0000 Seth Helton & AP 17479 at Illinois Bill Aims to Make Online Dating Safer Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate <p>A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening.&nbsp; The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing &quot;underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment.&quot;&nbsp; A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:45:59 +0000 Todd Hatton 17478 at Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate Kentucky Senate to Consider Human Trafficking Bill <p>The Senate is expected Friday to consider a measure to attempt to fight human trafficking in the state.&nbsp; The bill sponsored by Democratic Representative Sannie Overly of Paris passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening with changes recommended by public defenders.&nbsp; It would make it a crime to patronize a minor victim of human trafficking, strengthen current laws to help prosecutors get convictions in human trafficking cases, create a special state police unit on human trafficking by training existing officers and establish a victims&#39; trust fund.&nbsp; Penalties Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:24:22 +0000 Todd Hatton 17461 at Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits <p>Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.&nbsp; The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.&nbsp; The House approved it 91-16 yesterday. Now it goes to the state Senate.&nbsp; The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.&nbsp; It also increases the state&#39;s annual contribution to government retirement systems.&nbsp; Democratic Rep. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:21:03 +0000 Todd Hatton 17460 at Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passes Committee <p><font size="2">A proposal for a Kentucky statewide smoking ban has cleared its first hurdle. The House Health and Welfare committee passed the bill today.<br /><br /> The bill was expected to pass easily, but a few Republicans did vote against the measure because of concern for individual property rights.<br /><br /> Lexington doctor Sylvia Cerel-Suhl supports the ban. She says it&#39;s her right to go out in public and not be subjected to second-hand smoke.<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:39:48 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17249 at Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passes Committee House Committee Passes Unemployment Insurance Fix <p>A compromise to help employers avoid high federal unemployment insurance taxes has easily cleared a House committee.<br /><br />The proposal would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a bank or other organization to repay federal loans. Kentucky borrowed nearly one billion dollars from the federal government to pay for unemployment insurance during the recession.<br /><br />Up until now, the state had no plan on how to keep up with interest payments on that loan. If the state is late on payments, the federal government can put a higher tax on employers to recoup the funds.<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:19:14 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17241 at Bill Would Change Attorney General to Nonpartisan Office <p><font size="2">One of the leaders of the Senate is hoping to change how Kentucky&#39;s Attorney General is elected.&nbsp;Republican State Senator Katie Stine&#39;s bill would make the office of Attorney General nonpartisan.<br /><br /> Stine says because the Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer, the change should be a no-brainer.<br /> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:47:26 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17206 at