Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

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

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Government
7:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

“I feel like we’ve won the lottery. I never thought it would happen. I honestly didn’t.”

That’s Rita Wooton, overjoyed at the passage of Senate Bill 124, which will allow her son, Eli, to receive cannabidiol treatment at the University of Kentucky for his chronic seizures.

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Education
7:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

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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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