Government

Tennessee
7:45 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate

A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening.  The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:34 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Lawmakers Bust Myth with Open Budget Negotiations

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Kentucky lawmakers busted a myth late last week when they reached agreement on a $19 billion state budget without retreating out of public view.  In the past, negotiators have worked out details of the Commonwealth's budget behind closed doors with shades down, hallways roped off and state troopers standing guard.  Negotiators this year allowed Kentucky Educational Television cameras to run throughout the proceedings.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
2:52 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Road Plan Vote Delayed to Last Day of Session

Kentucky lawmakers are unlikely to approve new two-year and six-year road plans in time to override any gubernatorial vetoes.

The conference committee working on the plans did not come to a compromise late last night, significantly decreasing the potential for a deal today.

The plans fund many projects, including the widening of Interstate 65, the expansion of the Mountain Parkway and portions of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville.

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2012 General Assembly
1:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Loan Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan.

And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’'s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes.

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Government
7:29 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Marshall County Liquor Vote

A Marshall County group delivered a petition to the county courthouse yesterday which, when the petition is verified will lead to a referendum on county-wide alcohol sales. The group, named Marshall First, collected 2,400 signatures, well above the required 2,078 required to open a vote. The Paducah Sun reports Judge Executive Mike Miller now has 60 to 90 days to order a referendum once the signatures have been verified. Members of Marshall first claim legalizing alcohol sales would generate additional revenue for the county.

Government
7:24 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Kentucky Senate to Consider Human Trafficking Bill

The Senate is expected Friday to consider a measure to attempt to fight human trafficking in the state.  The bill sponsored by Democratic Representative Sannie Overly of Paris passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening with changes recommended by public defenders.  It would make it a crime to patronize a minor victim of human trafficking, strengthen current laws to help prosecutors get convictions in human trafficking cases, create a special state police unit on human trafficking by training existing officers and establish a victims' trust fund.  Penalties under the bill coul

Government
7:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.  The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.  The House approved it 91-16 yesterday. Now it goes to the state Senate.  The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.  It also increases the state's annual contribution to government retirement systems.  Democratic Rep.

Government
7:17 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Abortion, Ultrasound Battle Rages on Illinois House Floor

A legislative battle over abortions and ultrasounds has reached the Illinois House floor.  Abortion opponents want to require that women be given the option of seeing an ultrasound image of their fetus before undergoing an abortion. Unlike proposals in some other states, it would not force women to obtain an ultrasound.  Abortion-rights advocates are fighting the bill.

Government
7:01 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Placement Agents Under State Ethics Laws

Lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make placement agents involved in financial investments for Kentucky's pension program subject to the state's ethics laws.  The legislation is an offshoot of a state audit that raised questions about the use of placement agents who advise the state about how to invest retirement funds for teachers and government workers.  The House voted 94-0 Thursday for final passage.  Democratic Rep.

Election 2012
5:06 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Tentative Merger Vote Set May 1st

The Charter County Government Commission have changed a plan for the proposed merger of Paducah and McCracken governments. Vice Chairman Tom Garrett says the changes reflect concerns residents voiced during public forums held earlier in the year. The changes clarify the role of a transitional committee appointed to speed the merger if the plan passes and moves elections for new officials from 2013 to 2014 to avoid a special election. The changes also include an “out” clause allowing voters to revert to the current government. Tom Garrett…

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