Government

2012 General Assembly
9:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

House Committee Quickly Passes Bill Designed to Help Kentucky Tornado Victims

Rep. John Will Stacy
LRC Public Information

A bill granting sales tax refunds for Kentuckians hit by this month’s tornadoes is swiftly moving through the General Assembly.

The measure cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue committee less than 12 hours after it was first proposed. The language granting the refunds had to be inserted into another bill, House Bill 165, because the deadline to introduce new House bills passed weeks ago.

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Government
9:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Sponsor of guns in TN parking lots bill to amend it

The Republican sponsor of a proposal letting workers in Tennessee store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.  The original bill was up in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Senator Mike Faulk decided to delay it a week.  The measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit.

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Government
8:59 am
Wed March 21, 2012

KY Bill would require seat belts in 15-passenger vans

The Kentucky House has passed a Senate measure requiring seat belts on vans carrying 15 or fewer passengers.  The bill is intended to strengthen the Commonwealth's seat-belt laws two years after an Interstate 65 crash that claimed the lives of 11 people in a 15-passenger van.  Democratic Representative Hubert Collins proposed the bill in the House. It would change the current law, which applies only to vans that carry 10 or fewer passengers. It passed in that chamber Tuesday.

Government
8:58 am
Wed March 21, 2012

TN Bill ending ID requirement for early voting fails

A proposal to allow people to cast early votes in Tennessee without a photo ID has failed in the state House.  The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh sets up a system for photographing voters at the polling place instead of requiring them to provide government-issued photo identification.  The measure failed Tuesday in the House State and Local Government Committee by one vote.  A separate measure seeking to do away with the state's new photo ID law altogether was delayed for a week.

Government
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Paducah City Commissioners Go Back on Housing Contract

Paducah City commissioners last night rejected an ordinance that would have changed a property swap agreement with the city’s Housing Authority.  In May 2009, both parties agreed to exchange city property on H.C.

Election 2012
4:41 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Henry Countian to Run for Congressional Seat

Henry County 1st District Commissioner Wes Bradley says he has all the signatures needed to run for the 8th district congressional seat held by republican Stephen Fincher. Bradley is a Henry County native where he has worked in law enforcement for 17 years.   He says if elected he'd advocate for compromise.

“If people come up with a good idea, it doesn’t make any difference who it is’ if it’s good for the people of the 8th district of West Tennessee and it’s good for the nation then you should compromise and go along with it. No matter who comes up with the idea.”

2012 General Assembly
1:21 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Debt Bill Hits Block

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A proposal to cap Kentucky's debt has hit a roadblock in the House.

The House Appropriations and Revenue committee took up Senate Bill 1 today. The bill wouldn't allow the state to accrue debt worth more than six percent of the general fund revenue, but doesn't cap debt in the road fund or most education budgets.

The bill easily sailed through the Senate, a point bill sponsor Senator Joe Bowen made to the House committee.

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Health Care
11:55 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Kentucky Personal Care Homes Under Scrutiny

A Kentucky watchdog group has released a report critical of personal care homes across the state.  The Kentucky Protection and Advocacy agency surveyed 218 residents at 20 personal care homes before releasing its findings yesterday.

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2012 General Assembly
8:31 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Help Refugees Stay in School

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Refugees can stay in Kentucky high schools after their 21st birthday under a bill that cleared the House Monday.  Democratic state Representative Jody Richards says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have fled to the U.S.  The divisive issue generated a lengthy floor debate with some critics, including Republican state Representative Ben Waide, questioning the wisdom of having people in their mid-20s sharing schools with teens.  Democratic Representative Steve Riggs urged colleagues to pass the measure so refugees can finish high school and become contributing taxpayers.

2012 General Assembly
8:28 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Government Whistle-Blower Bill Advances in Kentucky House

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Whistleblowers in Kentucky could get financial incentives for reporting misuse of state tax dollars under a measure that passed the state House Monday.  Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsored the bill now heading to the Senate for consideration. Stumbo says the bill, dubbed the "False Claims Act," could root out fraud and reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of dollars.  Kentucky already has a whistle-blower law in place that applies to Medicaid programs.

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