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 March 26, 2014

Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky

Credit kynect.ky.gov

The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to defund the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program. 

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Not So Fast: Local Option Sales Tax Bill Hits Delay in Kentucky House

A bill to amend the Kentucky constitution to allow voters to choose projects funded by a 1 percent sales tax has been delayed in the House.

The measure, championed by the mayors of Louisville and Lexington, does not have enough votes to pass in that chamber right now, according to Democratic Majority Whip Tommy Thompson.

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Environment
7:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Eminent Domain Bill Aimed at Bluegrass Pipeline

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would prevent the builders of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline from using eminent domain.

Lawmakers voted 75 to 16 in support of the measure, which is aimed at the Bluegrass Pipeline. The pipeline would cross a handful of Kentucky counties and carry the product of natural gas drilling in the northeast.

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Politics
7:07 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Option Sales Tax Fortune’s Improve

Credit LRC Public Information

A series of bills that would amend the state constitution and implement a local option sales tax to fund city and county projects has won support in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

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Politics
6:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Democrats Quash Anti-Abortion Bills in Committee

Three bills that would place more restrictions on abortion access in Kentucky have been rejected in party-line votes.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply.

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Politics
6:40 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Louisville Man Wants To Be First Muslim Lawmaker In KY

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

Listen to this story here.

Kentucky is among several states this year targeted for a Republican takeover. The GOP is hoping to win a majority in the House, a chamber currently controlled by Democrats 54-46. 

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Environment
6:15 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Senate OKs Bill Allowing Coal Plants to Regulate Own Emissions

Credit wikipedia.org

A bill that would allow coal-fired electric power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own carbon dioxide emissions has passed out of both chamber of the state legislature. The bill has received massive bipartisan support.

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Government
6:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

House Committee Greenlights Cannabis Oil Bill

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.

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Government
3:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

House Panel OKs New Incentives for Coal Industry

Rep. Rocky Adkins (L) talks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Credit LRC Public Information

A state House panel has unanimously approved a bill to provide tax incentives to the ailing coal industry.

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says his bill will permit tax breaks on machinery and manufacturing for coal-related companies. The Democrat says the breaks are similar to incentives enjoyed by car manufacturing plants in the state and reduce economic strain on the industry.

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Government
3:29 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

Credit wikipedia.org

A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate. 

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