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6:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Judge Won't Delay Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Ban

Thomas More Society attorneys say they aren’t too unhappy that a Cook County judge ruled against them in a gay marriage case. Chicago-based Thomas More Society attorney Tom Brejcha says he is looking forward to briefings on the motion to dismiss the case. A Cook County judge denied the law firm's request yesterday  to delay the case pending U.S. Supreme Court action on gay marriage.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Passes Legislation to Legalize Medi-Share

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A Christians-only health care ministry that was forced out of Kentucky last year is one step closer to being allowed back after the state Senate approved legislation Wednesday.

The bill would exempt Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, from state insurance regulations. It passed unanimously.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Votes Expected on TN Constitutional Amendments

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Tennessee’s Senate is expected to vote on two constitutional amendments today. One would prohibit any state or local taxation of payroll or earned personal income, and the other would allow the governor to appoint appellate judges, subject to legislative confirmation.

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Government
8:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Louisville lawmaker pushing KY dating violence bill

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A Louisville lawmaker is pressing for changes to Kentucky's domestic violence laws to allow them to apply to dating couples.  Democratic Senator Denise Harper Angel says 48 other states already have amended their domestic violence laws to protect victims of dating violence and she says the Commonwealth should follow suit.  

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Government
8:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

TN Supreme Court to recognize pro bono work

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In an effort to prod more attorneys to provide free legal assistance to people who can't afford a lawyer, the Tennessee Supreme Court has announced it will begin giving special recognition to lawyers who spend at least 50 hours doing pro bono work. 

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Government
8:17 am
Wed February 13, 2013

TN House takes up parking lot guns bill

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Tennessee House leaders who last year fended off a bill to overrule businesses seeking to ban firearms in their parking lots appear to be giving up the fight. House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he and fellow Republicans just want to put the measure behind them so they can move on to other more pressing issues.  

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Government
8:14 am
Wed February 13, 2013

KY Senate OKs bill allowing Election Day liquor sales

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A Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at Kentucky’s restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day would be lifted under legislation the Senate passed Tuesday.  The measure would allow alcohol sales during the hours that polls are open.  It’s will now be taken up by the House.  Kentucky and South Carolina are the only two states that have such bans in place. In the past five years, similar bans have been lifted in Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Utah and West Virginia.  Similar measures filed in the Commonwealth in past years have failed.

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Government
8:12 am
Wed February 13, 2013

KY House moves bill to screen senior care workers

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The Kentucky House passed a bill Tuesday requiring criminal background checks for prospective nursing home employees.  Applicants' names and fingerprints would be run through state and national databases.  Bill sponsor, Democrat Carl Rollins, says the Commonwealth would get $3 million in federal grant money to initiate the program and fund it until May 2014. The program would then cost the state about a million a year.  

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Government
7:44 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Tax Amnesty Program Increases General Fund Revenue

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A tax amnesty program is being credited with pushing up General Fund revenue by 3.8 percent in January. State Budget Director Jane Driskell says individual income tax revenue rose by more than 35 percent and corporate income tax receipts rose nearly 83 percent as those who took advantage of the amnesty offer paid up.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:42 am
Tue February 12, 2013

House Working to Revamp Senate Pension Bill

Pension reform legislation that passed in the Senate last week is undergoing changes in the House. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he expects some of the proposed changes to be unveiled this week.

The version that cleared the Republican-controlled Senate requires the state to make its full contribution to the pension system but doesn't identify a funding source to do that. Stumbo says the Democratic-led House wants a designated funding source.

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