Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed February 12, 2014

McGarvey To File Statewide Fairness Bill

Credit Rae Hodge (KPR)

FRANKFORT — A Louisville state senator says he will file a bill that would make it illegal for employers in Kentucky to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

In a speech on the issue, Sen. Morgan McGarvey began by discussing the plight of University of Missouri tight end and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam, who recently came out as gay.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Legislators React to U.S. Attorney General's Call to Restore Felon Voting Rights

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 5:45 am

FRANKFORT — The push to restore felon voting rights has received a major endorsement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, but it's not clear what effect that may have in the state Capitol—where lawmakers are debating the issue.

As he called on states to lift rules that make it harder for felons to get their right to vote back, Holder singled out Kentucky. He said it's one of three states where a fifth of black adults are prohibited from voting because of a felony record.

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Government
8:47 am
Tue February 11, 2014

ITEP: Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax reform plan fails to address issues of fairness in the state’s tax code, says a non-partisan economic think tank.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy doesn’t think the plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit will be enough to offset the new sales taxes for the less wealthy.

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Government
8:05 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:02 am

A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.

Lawmakers voted 92 to 0 in support of the bill. It would establish the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program, which would promote bachelor’s degree attainment for students in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

The plan will use about $4 million in coal-severance funds set aside in Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling This Year

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 5:20 am

Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.

A bill filed by Sen. Dan Seum, a Louisville Republican, would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth.

But Seum says he doesn’t have the support in the Senate.

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Government
4:36 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Attempting to Prevent UN Environmental Regulation Proposal Passes Kentucky Senate Committee

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A bill aimed at preventing a proposal by the United Nations to regulate environmental issues has cleared a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 31, filed by Northern Kentucky Sen. John Schikel seeks to prevent the state from adopting any environmental provisions set forth by a U.N. emissions-reduction plan known as “Agenda 21.”

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Government
4:34 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville)
Credit LRC Public Information

A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.

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Politics
8:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:46 pm

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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Government
7:58 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Clears KY House

Credit Kentucky LRC

After more than two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

The issue drew impassioned speeches from supporting lawmakers. 

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Government
7:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Statewide Smoking Ban Moving in Kentucky Legislature

Credit www.wikipedia.com

A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the commonwealth.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted 10-3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.

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