Government

Illinois Legislature
7:18 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Committee Votes to End Illinois Legislative Scholarship Program

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a measure to end the controversial legislative scholarships program. The legislation would also create a task force to study all state university tuition waivers. Under the legislative scholarships program, lawmakers can award two students in their district a four-year tuition waiver to a state university. The program came under fire after reports that lawmakers have given awards to relatives, children of political allies or students outside their district.

Military
6:42 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Soldiers Return to Fort Campbell

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Sixty-five soldiers are set to return to Fort Campbell today after a yearlong deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan. They are members of the 227th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade. A welcome ceremony is scheduled at the PPC Bay A.

Government
4:08 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Court Employees Furloughed

For the first time since 1976, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts. All state court employees will be furloughed 3 days this year. Chief Justice John Minton blames the legislature for the furloughs. The latest state budget massive cuts to the judicial branch. In addition to the furlough, many part-time employees will soon see their hours reduced and their benefits cut.

Government
4:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature

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An Illinois Senate education committee has approved a measure to end the controversial legislative scholarship program. The measure creates a task force to study all state university tuition waivers. The existing program allows lawmakers to award two students in their district a four-year tuition waiver to a state university. The measure came under fire after reports that lawmakers have given awards to relatives, children of political allies or students outside their district.

Taxes
9:15 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Common Cause Challenges ALEC's Tax Status

A government watchdog group is challenging the tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national group that's active in state legislatures across the country. Common Cause of Kentucky Chairman Richard Beliles is asking Attorney General Jack Conway to review whether the group should be taxed in Kentucky. Beliles' action comes on the heels of a national-level initiative to try to get the IRS to revoke the group's 502(c) (3) status.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:48 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Adjourn Legislative Session

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The Tennessee General Assembly has adjourned without a final showdown over a contentious gun issue. A bill seeking to allow employees to store weapons in their vehicles parked on company lots was opposed by Governor Bill Haslam and the Republican speakers of the House and Senate, and lawmakers avoided bringing it to the floor in the final day of the session.

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Government
3:02 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

TRA Bill Passes House

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has passed the House today. The companion bill passed the Senate last week. The two chambers must agree to a technical change before the measure goes to the governor. The TRA regulates utilities in the state. The bill would change the agency from a 4 member, full-time board to a 5 member, part-time board with a full-time executive director. Sponsors say the change will save the state at least $350,000 a year.

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Government
2:31 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Henderson County Approves Coal Severance Funds Application

The Henderson County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to join 2 other counties in giving away $720,000 in coal severance tax revenues. Court Clerk Sue Baker says the application will go to Union and Webster Counties for approval next month before being sent to The Department for Local Government in Frankfort for final approval. $500,000 would go to expand the Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center which employs vocationally challenged people. The rest would go to the Reggio Children North American Exhibit.

Election 2012
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Conservative Group Supports Massie in 4th Congressional District

A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’'s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.

The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organizations most-loved lawmakers.

The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:46 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Try to Adjourn Again

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Heavy debate on a series of bills in the Tennessee House has delayed the conclusion of the General Assembly. The chamber recessed after 10:00 last night, but is scheduled to return at 8:00 this morning. Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says the early start should give lawmakers every chance to conclude their business by the end of the day. The lower chamber had more than 45 bills remaining on its calendar, including a measure to require drug testing for welfare recipients and a proposed overhaul of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

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