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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Issue of Kentucky Constables Could be Left to Local Governments

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The office of constable, which is established by Kentucky’s state constitution, is again under scrutiny.  Earlier attempts to eliminate the office have failed.  However, critics this year are taking a different approach.

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Morning Cram
9:05 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Morning Cram [east meets west edition]

From NPR: Jin Li is a professor at Brown University who compares the learning beliefs of Asian and U.S. children. She says that to understand why these two cultures view struggle so differently, it's good to step back and examine how they think about where academic excellence comes from.

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Politics
8:18 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Constables Report Encourages Lawmakers Seeking to Abolish Office

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Kentucky lawmakers who advocate abolishing the office of constable are emboldened by a new report from the state justice cabinet calling for just that. Constables have the same law enforcement powers as county sheriffs, but without the specific duties. Like sheriffs, the position is outlined in the constitution. For years, lawmakers have tried to pass a constitutional amendment to end the office. The report said constables have little law enforcement purpose in Kentucky, accounting for .20 of recorded law enforcement in the state.

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Government
12:39 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Justice Cabinet Says Kentucky Doesn't Need Constables

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A new report by Kentucky's Justice Cabinet is advocating for the elimination of the office of constable.

The office is set in the Kentucky Constitution, but the report says the office no longer helps in law enforcement and is often a liability.

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Expanded Gambling
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Gambling Amendment Passes Senate Committee

Governor Steve Beshear's constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today.

The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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Government
4:39 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Kentucky SB30 and the Future of County Constable

Constables in Kentucky have been around for over 160 years. But however necessary the county-level job may have been in 1850, some lawmakers today believe it's no longer relevant. Others maintain constables free up law enforcement for more pressing work and provide an additional set of eyes and ears for police and sheriff's departments. Now, Senate Bill 30 is under consideration in Frankfort. The measure would allow counties more latitude to decide what constables do. SB 30 began life, however, as a constitutional amendment that would've abolished the office.

Afternoon Update
4:31 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 2/17/12

Delta Mariner's collision with the Eggner's Ferry Bridge last month.
Chad Lampe

An inspection of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge piers has revealed no major damage despite being hit by an 86 hundred ton cargo ship in January.

 

 

 

Kentucky Politics:

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law.

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Constables
1:19 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Change in Constable Bill Could Free Up its Path to Passage

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law.

Originally, both chambers pursued constitutional amendments to eliminate the office of constable altogether, spurred by several recent instances of constables abusing their power.

But an agreement not to crowd the fall ballot with constitutional amendments led to the Senate proposal.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Larry Clark says now that the bill’s scope has changed, it has a good chance of making it through the House.

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Government
3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State Bill Seeks To End Constable Position

Kentucky lawmakers are backing away from a measure that would eliminate the office of constable in every county.

Every county has an elected constable. But in the last year, many constables have been accused of being either unnecessary or corrupt.  Originally, Senate Bill 30 was a constitutional amendment to eliminate constables. But the bill was unlikely to pass due to a gentlemen’s agreement in the legislature that each chamber would only push one amendment each session.

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