2013 KY General Assembly

2013 KY General Assembly
9:19 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Smoking Ban Bill Not Likely to Get Out of House

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Legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and other public places has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for further review, making it unlikely to pass this legislative session. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn't expect the measure to make it back to the full House for consideration.  The bill has proven divisive in Kentucky, one of the nation's top tobacco-producing states.

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2013 KY General Assembly
9:12 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Committee Chairmen Seeks to Scale Back Hemp Bill

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A Kentucky House committee chairman says he’ll scale back an industrial hemp bill to allow the University of Kentucky to seek permission to study the crop that is currently banned by the federal government. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee says his amendment would have UK test hemp if it received a federal permit.

McKee said he plans to offer the amendment when the Agriculture Committee takes up the hemp bill today in Frankfort. 

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Senate Approves Electronic Voting Bill That Requires Snail Mail Returns

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The state Senate has passed a bill that allows Kentucky military personnel to register to vote and receive ballots electronically—but they'll have to use snail mail to send the ballots back.

The bill's authors wanted to let deployed Kentuckians vote electronically, but State Senate President Robert Stivers doesn't believe that would be safe.

"If somebody does something to my bank book by electronic means I'll know it," he said."If I  happen to get a lesser tax bill or greater tax bill I will know it. Once you cast your ballot, there's no way to know what happened to that ballot."

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2013 KY General Assembly
5:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

House Committee Passes Revenue Bill for Pensions

The House budget committee has passed a bill that would help shore up the state's underfunded pension system. House Bill 416 would take revenues from expanding Kentucky lottery sales and online games, as well as from Instant Racing if the state Supreme Court upholds the legality of the game.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the bill would generate at least $100 million a year to be put into a trust fund for pensions.  And he says using money from lottery sales won't hurt scholarship funds tied to lottery profits.

"Those are left harmless, they'll still be funded. And they'll be allowed 2 percent growth in this proposal so they'll still continue to grow," Stumbo said.

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2013 Kentucky General Assembly
3:39 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Committees Makes Major Changes to Pension Reform Bill

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The state pension system would not transition to a hybrid 401K-style plan in an amended version of the pension reform bill.

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2013 KY General Assembly
11:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Persistently Low-Achieving Schools Could Become Charter Schools Under Kentucky Senate Bill

Kentucky persistently low-achieving schools would be able to become charter schools to improve performance and test scores under a bill discussed Tuesday in the state Senate Education Committee.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:08 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Panel Passes Bill Closing Amusement Ride Loophole

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Kentucky is coming closer to closing a loophole that allows amusement ride operators to avoid paying fines for safety violations.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Small Business has approved a bill that requires operators to pay fines regardless of a change in their business's name or ownership. Operators have been able to dodge fines after transferring ownership or renaming themselves, according to Sen. Morgan McGarvey, the bill's sponsor.

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2013 KY General Assembly
3:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

A bill addressing problems with last year's prescription pill mill bill has cleared the House Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring the bill, which reduces some tough regulations that followed the pill mill bill.  The legislation, House Bill 217, requires hospitals and long term care facilities to still pull KASPER reports, but lessens other regulations on them.

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Politics
12:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

KY Gun Bill goes to the Senate Floor

The Kentucky Senate is expected to vote on legislation focused on blocking any new federal gun control measures.  The measure is sponsored by Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:10 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Take DNA After Felony Arrest


The House has passed a bill that would require police to take DNA samples from people they arrest on felony charges. The vote was 68 to 27 Thursday. The bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration.

If the measure becomes law, Kentucky would join the federal government and 25 states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees. The U.S. Supreme Court this year will consider the constitutionality of the testing based on a Maryland case.

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