Government

2012 General Assembly
4:27 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Governor's Preschool Funding Proposal Gets Cut

An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget.

Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others. And after days of budget talks, the Senate won the argument.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
8:40 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill Headed to Full Floor Votes

A proposal that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is headed for floor votes in both chambers of the Legislature.  The measure unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday and is now scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. A full vote in the House is scheduled for Monday.  The bill would 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.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
8:30 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Abstinence-Centered Bill Advancing in Tennessee Senate

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A measure that would require "family life education" curricula taught in Tennessee schools to be abstinence-centered is advancing in the Senate.  The measure sponsored by Republican Senator Jack Johnson unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee 9-0 Wednesday.

2012 General Assembly
6:53 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Drug Bills Near Passage

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State lawmakers have approved two major pieces of legislation dealing with drug abuse in Kentucky.

House Bill 4 tightens regulations on prescription pills. It passed the full Senate Wednesday afternoon. Around the same time, the House passed Senate Bill 3, which caps the amount of pseudoephedrine Kentuckians can buy every month without a prescription. Since both bills were amended, they will now return to their original chambers, where lawmakers must decide whether to agree with the changes or send them to conference committees for compromises.

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Government
4:20 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Proposed State Budget Threatens Tennessee Family Resource Centers

Tennessee's state budget could cut all funding to The Paris Special School District Family Enrichment Center. Director Donna Vaughn says half of its funding comes from the state and if the budget passes, the center would likely have to close this summer.

“We do not have the excess funds in our budget to absorb it at this time. So we really don’t want to look down that road, but it doesn’t look good for us if that happens.”

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2012 General Assembly
4:04 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Kentucky Budget Talks have Stalled

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Budget talks in Frankfort appear to have stalled.

Lawmakers have met for three straight days, usually twice a day, to resolve differences between budget proposals passed by the House and Senate. But there are firm disagreements over school construction, cuts to the governor'’s office and coal severance projects.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the Senate isn'’t compromising on those issues, so the potential to deliver a budget on time is in danger.

Federal Funding for CPB
2:24 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Statement of CPB President & CEO Before US Senate Committee on Appropriations

FY 2013 Statement of Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Presented before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, United States Senate Committee on Appropriations

Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for allowing me to submit this testimony on behalf of our country’s public media service – public television and public radio, on-air, online and in your community.

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2012 General Assembly
2:01 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Committee Passes Prescription Drug Bill

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A Kentucky Senate committee has approved a bill that aims to toughen laws against prescription pill abuse.

House Bill 4 is a collaborative effort between House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Steve Beshear.

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2012 General Assembly
12:48 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers continue to work on a budget compromise

Both chambers of the General Assembly have approved budget bills and a conference committee has been meeting since Monday to work out the differences. One major point of disagreement is funding for school construction. It's a priority for the House. But Senators were not ready to haggle during a Tuesday morning session.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the issue is so important to his chamber that a disagreement could derail budget talks.

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Government
11:17 am
Wed March 28, 2012

KY Synthetic Marijuana Bill

Kentucky's Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a measure controlling the production and sale of synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of methamphetamine, marijuana and other controlled substances.  The legislature had already banned hallucinogenic drugs known as "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana, but chemists have gotten around the ban by slightly altering formulas. The new bill's approach would ban whole categories of compounds. Penalties for first-time offenders could include forfeiture of property, fines, jail time and loss of alcohol sale licenses.

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