Tom McKee http://wkms.org en House Committee Passes Hemp Bill, but Floor Vote Uncertain http://wkms.org/post/house-committee-passes-hemp-bill-floor-vote-uncertain <p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">In its second try, the Kentucky House agriculture committee approved a bill Wednesday creating a regulatory framework for growing hemp in Kentucky, if the federal government were to legalize it.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The hemp bill—championed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer—got only one no vote in the House agriculture committee.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Last week, an&nbsp;ag committee meeting abruptly ended after&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-ag-committee-chair-blocks-vote-hemp-bill" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">a tense exchange </a>among lawmakers on the hemp issue.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Several House lawmakers said they voted for the bill to help support the Ag industry and to possibly create more jobs in Kentucky. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:41:51 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28967 at http://wkms.org House Committee Passes Hemp Bill, but Floor Vote Uncertain Industrial Hemp Supporters Ratchet Up Pressure http://wkms.org/post/industrial-hemp-supporters-ratchet-pressure <p></p><p>Industrial hemp supporters are ratcheting up the pressure to force a vote on a stalled bill that would allow farmers in Kentucky to grow the crop if federal ban is lifted. A group led by state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer urged House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee Thursday to allow a vote on the bill. The group included a prominent northern Kentucky tobacco farmer who lives in McKee's district. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:20:07 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28736 at http://wkms.org Industrial Hemp Supporters Ratchet Up Pressure Kentucky Committee Chairmen Seeks to Scale Back Hemp Bill http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-committee-chairmen-seeks-scale-back-hemp-bill <p></p><p>A Kentucky House committee chairman says he’ll scale back an industrial hemp bill to allow the University of Kentucky to seek permission to study the crop that is currently banned by the federal government. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee says his amendment would have UK test hemp if it received a federal permit.</p><p>McKee said he plans to offer the amendment when the Agriculture Committee takes up the hemp bill today in Frankfort.&nbsp; Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:12:35 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28614 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Committee Chairmen Seeks to Scale Back Hemp Bill