Bills

BIll to Affect Redistricting
2:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Senate Bill Would Amend Constitutional Provisions on Redistricting

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky's constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate.

State Senator Robert Stivers's bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split.

Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one whole district cannot be split. But Stivers's language would allow some counties that can't be split under that rule to now be open to divisions.

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Amish Tractor Bill Has Little Support
8:03 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Lawmakers Not Inclined to Restrict Amish Tractors

Steel-wheeled tractor.
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Rumble strips in the driving lanes of some rural Kentucky highways aren't intentional.  They've been etched into asphalt by old-fashioned metal wheels some Amish farmers have been putting on modern tractors.  State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville wants the damage stopped.

Government
3:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

PSE Bill Passes State Senate

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug.

Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month- or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.

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Government
3:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

PSE compromise passes committee

A supposed compromise on a bill aimed at cracking down on meth production in Kentucky is once again making its way through the state Senate.

The bill passed committee quickly this morning. The bill's sponsor, Senator Robert Stivers, says the bill could be voted on the Senate floor as soon as this afternoon.

The compromise will allow pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth) to continue to be bought over the counter, but will limit consumers to only three point six grams, which is equivalent to one box of cold medicine, a month.

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House Passes Pair of Drug Bills
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

House Judiciary Passes Two Bills to Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state's fight against drugs.

One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds.

The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription drugs. The bill puts KASPER under the Attorney General's office and requires the board of medical licensure to crack down on reports that prescriptions are being over prescribed.

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House Approves Amish Bill
3:38 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Amish Buggie Bill Clears House

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Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.

The House voted today in favor of a bill that requires the Amish to put 200 inches of red tape on their buggies. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-9, despite objections from lawmakers in areas where the bill would matter the most. Among the no votes was Representative Martha Jane King of Logan County.  She's heard concerns that the tape isn't as easily seen or as safe as the orange triangle that's used currently.

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2012 General Assembly
8:35 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Bill to Allow Students to Attend School Outside of Home District

A new bill in Kentucky would allow students to go to school outside of the district they live in, as long the new district allows it.

State Senator Ken Winters is sponsoring the bill because of concerns he's heard from parents in his district. He says the measure isn’t aimed at getting students out of low-performing schools, but is instead tailored to parents who commute outside their home county.

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Government
8:24 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Tennessee Bill Would Aid Unemployed Military Spouses

Military spouses who leave their jobs in Tennessee because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a proposed state bill. The measure moved quickly through the Senate last week after Governor Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his fiscal year budget proposal. With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, the state estimates about a third of military personnel are transferred each year.

Government
4:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Auto Incentives Bill

A Louisville lawmaker is looking to enhance job creation in Kentucky's auto industry by amending a law that's already on the books.

House Speaker Pro Temp Larry Clark has filed House Bill 400 to update the 2007 Kentucky Jobs Retention Act, which helped bring 3,000 jobs to Ford plants in Louisville.

This year's bill would retract requirements that incentives only go to facilities in Louisville or Lexington. That would let Kentucky's other two car makers take advantage of the program.

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Government
8:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Abortion Bill

The Kentucky Senate approved a bill requiring patients to undergo an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The bill establishes a criminal penalty for violation of the law. A similar proposal has been introduced in the Senate before, only to lose in the House. The bill passed 32-4. 

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