2012 Kentucky General Assembly

2012 General Assembly
9:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

House Committee Quickly Passes Bill Designed to Help Kentucky Tornado Victims

Rep. John Will Stacy
LRC Public Information

A bill granting sales tax refunds for Kentuckians hit by this month’s tornadoes is swiftly moving through the General Assembly.

The measure cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue committee less than 12 hours after it was first proposed. The language granting the refunds had to be inserted into another bill, House Bill 165, because the deadline to introduce new House bills passed weeks ago.

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Government
8:59 am
Wed March 21, 2012

KY Bill would require seat belts in 15-passenger vans

The Kentucky House has passed a Senate measure requiring seat belts on vans carrying 15 or fewer passengers.  The bill is intended to strengthen the Commonwealth's seat-belt laws two years after an Interstate 65 crash that claimed the lives of 11 people in a 15-passenger van.  Democratic Representative Hubert Collins proposed the bill in the House. It would change the current law, which applies only to vans that carry 10 or fewer passengers. It passed in that chamber Tuesday.

2012 General Assembly
2:58 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Colston on the Capitol

Lawmakers in Frankfort have been hard at work over the past week in the Kentucky General Assembly.  A proposed state-wide indoor smoking ban cleared its first legislative hurdle and the senate has passed four constitutional amendments.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston gives Rick Howlett the latest on what’s happening in Frankfort.

2012 General Assembly
10:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

House Passes Concealed Weapons for Prosecutors

The Kentucky House has passed a measure giving retired prosecutors special privileges to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Representatives voted Monday for the measure now headed to the Senate.  Democratic state Representative Bob Damron is sponsor of the bill extending to commonwealth's attorneys and county attorneys the same right already given to retired judges.  The measure is intended to allow retired prosecutors to defend themselves if attacked.  Kentucky already allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have permits to do so.

Kentucky Budget
10:39 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Strong Sales Push up General Fund Revenue in KY

General Fund receipts in Kentucky have grown faster than expected over the past month, thanks largely to an increase in sales tax revenue.  Budget Director Mary Lassiter says total February receipts were up by over 21 million dollars, or almost four percent. She credits a portion of that increase to gift cards exchanged during the Christmas season that are only now being used.  Lassiter says February is not typically Kentucky's best month for revenue collection, so the rise was welcome news.

2012 General Assembly
10:29 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Winters' Amish Buggy Legislation to Get Vote

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2012 General Assembly
1:04 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Passes Nursing Home Background Checks Bill

The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.  The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.  The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant and a $1 million state grant.

Government
12:30 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Lawmakers Contribute $5,500 for Recovery Efforts

Kentucky House lawmakers have donated $5,500 from their own wallets to help communities in the eastern part of the Commonwealth recover from tornado damage.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that total still is growing as legislators continue to give.  Both the House and Senate have observed moments of silence in honor of storm victims.  Democratic state Representative John Will Stacy of West Liberty thanked rescue teams and other first responders from across the state who reported for duty in his hard-hit district.

2012 General Assembly
11:54 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Budget Bills Pass House Committee

Budget plans for all three branches of Kentucky’s government are on their way to the House floor after easily passing out of the House budget committee today.

The committee passed bills that would cut the judicial and legislative budgets by eight point four percent, to match the cuts already made to the executive budget.  It also adopted the changes to Governor Steve Beshear’s budget proposed yesterday.

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2012 General Assembly
11:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Could Make it Out of House Intact

A proposal that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine consumers can buy in a month could make it out the state House of Representatives intact.

The Senate passed a bill last week that would limit consumers to seven point two grams of pseudoephedrine every month, or roughly two boxes of cold medicine.

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