house http://wkms.org en Amish Buggie Bill Clears House http://wkms.org/post/amish-buggie-bill-clears-house <p><font size="2">Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.<br /> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:38:06 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17081 at http://wkms.org Amish Buggie Bill Clears House Charter School Hearing http://wkms.org/post/charter-school-hearing <p>After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee.<br /><br />Advocates for and against the measure spent this morning debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill&#39;s sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkission in support of the bill.<br /> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:16:26 +0000 Seth Helton 16924 at http://wkms.org House Republicans Attacking New Environmental Regulations http://wkms.org/post/house-republicans-attacking-new-environmental-regulations <p>U.S. House Republicans are again attacking new environmental regulations that limit the amount of mercury and other pollution power plants can emit. The new rules were the subject of a House subcommittee meeting today. The hearing, led by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, essentially can be summarized like this: Republicans question all of the data released by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the cost of the regulations and their effect on the economy. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:53:35 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 16848 at http://wkms.org Redistricting Efforts May Be Dead http://wkms.org/post/redistricting-efforts-may-be-dead <p><font size="2">Efforts to redraw Kentucky&#39;s U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly.<br /><br /> State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.<br /><br /> &quot;I think that ship has sailed, that bell&#39;s rung,&quot; Stumbo said. &quot;I think the Secretary of State will have to certify those folks as the candidates and so the current status of law is that in my opinion they would run in the current Congressional district.&quot;<br /> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:44:41 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 16845 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Committee Considers Consolidation Proposal http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-considers-consolidation-proposal <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s House Local Government Committee is set to consider legislation establishing a process for counties to voluntarily unify. Bill sponsor Republican Adam Koenig says the measure means two or more counties could consolidate if voters approve. Unification has long been a hot topic in the 120 county Commonwealth. But local officials have been resistant to the idea. Koenig says his proposal should be acceptable because it doesn&#39;t force consolidation.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:32:45 +0000 Seth Helton 16838 at http://wkms.org