The Democratic candidate is in place for a key special election in Central Kentucky.
Attorney James Kay of Versailles will run for the Kentucky state House seat being left vacant by Carl Rollins. Rollins is leaving office to work with two state education groups. Kay is the chair of the Woodford County Democratic Party and a legislative aide to Democratic House leadership.
Democratic state representative and Kentucky House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins is leaving his seat to accept the top job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Legislative Research Commission Executive Director Bobby Sherman says the resignation would be effective at the close of business today. Rollins says the new job will require his full attention. In addition to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Rollins also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Loan Corporation.
A Democratic state lawmaker will be pushing legislation in the upcoming legislative session to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. Representative Carl Rollins of Midway drafted a measure that would make the Commonwealth's stiffest sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Rollins bill calls for the term "capital punishment" to be stricken altogether from state law. Similar legislation has been introduced intermittently over the past 25 years, but has never garnered enough support to pass.
An attempt to piggyback charter school legislation on another bill has likely killed two plans for education reform in Kentucky.
The state Senate Education committee today added language legalizing charter schools to a charter alternative plan sponsored by Representative Carl Rollins, who chairs the House Education Committee. Charter supporters hoped Rollins would allow the amendment in order to see his alternative become law, but it's unlikely the plan will work.
"The charter school part of the bill has no chance and I'm pretty sure the whole bill is dead," says Rollins.