2012 Kentucky General Assembly

Morning Cram
8:29 am
Tue March 27, 2012

the morning cram [you don't have to help anybody...that's what this country's all about edition]

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Do you have to buy health insurance? That's for the Court to decide.

NPR reports the US Supreme Court heads into a second day of hearings with healthcare reform in the balance. 

2012 General Assembly
7:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Lawmakers Head into Final Legislative Week

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The last full week of this year's legislative session in Kentucky began yesterday with negotiations over the state budget. House and Senate leaders started talks yesterday morning, breaking only for committee and floor duties, and continued negotiations well into the night. Both chambers have approved slightly different versions of the state budget for the next two years. Lawmakers are now reviewing those differences line by line, looking for potential compromises. The General Assembly has until late Wednesday to hatch a compromise.

Healthcare Reform
12:26 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Supreme Court Begins Hearing Case Challenging Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear three days of arguments challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Monday.

Justices will hear several different legal arguments against the Affordable Care Act, but their first question will be whether it is too soon for the high court to review the law.

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:54 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Lawmakers Still Have Much to Accomplish in Session

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As the 2012 legislative session winds down, lawmakers aren’t touting a long list of accomplishments.  They say that’s not due to a lack of work, but mainly a lack of extra money to fund new programs or expand others.  Instead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the main highlights will be a three-bill attack on Kentucky’s drug abuse problems and passing general and road budgets before the end of the session.  In recent years, lawmakers haven’t even been able to pass budgets on time. So Stumbo says this year is a return to normal.

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6:30 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

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2012 General Assembly
1:51 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers To Add Pressure to DOE to Keep USEC Open in Paducah

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Kentucky lawmakers are set to pass a bill with the hope it will help a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah create new operations.

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Government
9:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

KY Bill would give pretrial home incarceration credit

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill giving defendants in Kentucky who receive home incarceration prior to trial credit for the time served as part of their sentences.  Wednesday, the Senate voted 32-2 to pass the proposal by Senator Robin Webb.  The only votes against it were from Republicans Damon Thayer and John Schickel.  The original version of the bill would have made the measure apply retroactively to defendants granted pretrial home incarceration on or after July 15, 1996, but that provision was deleted before the Senate voted on the bill.

Government
9:19 am
Thu March 22, 2012

KY Senate passes bill aimed at stopping copper theft

Scrap yards in Kentucky would be barred from paying cash for copper and other recyclable metals under legislation that cleared the state Senate Wednesday.  The measure requires people selling scrap metal be paid by a check sent by mail.  That move could give police names and addresses if the metals are later found to be stolen.  The Senate voted unanimously for the bill, which now returns to the House for final passage.  Bill sponsor Democratic state Representative Tanya Pullin says thieves have taken guardrails, manhole covers, catalytic converters, utility lines, and even rooftop air cond

Afternoon Update
4:26 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Afternoon Update 3-21

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Here's our roundup of today's headlines:

On NPR: Will Romney reset like an "Etch-A-Sketch" for the fall election.

From the Capitol:

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2012 General Assembly
2:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Proposal to Lower Eligibility Age For Local Offices Clears Senate Committee

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The minimum age to run for office in Kentucky could soon drop.

House Bill 112 is a on track to clear the General Assembly soon. It would allow 21-year-olds to run for mayor and 18-year-olds to run for councils in Kentucky cities and towns. Currently, council members must be 21 and mayors must be 25.

The bill has already cleared the House and it passed a Senate committee today.

“If the electorate sees fit to elect someone who is 18 or 21 to various offices then God bless them and send them on their way,” says Bill sponsor Adam Koenig.

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