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Government
7:09 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tennessee Tattoo Bill Headed for House Floor Vote

A proposal to crack down on the tattooing of minors is headed for a vote on the Tennessee House floor.  The measure sponsored by Democratic Representative Antonio Parkinson was unanimously approved in the House Finance Committee Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.  The proposal makes it illegal for anyone without a license to possess tattooing paraphernalia. The measure also encourages underage tattooing incidents be reported to the Health Department.

Government
7:05 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Beshear Offers Staff to Help Draft Kentucky Road Plan

Kentucky Governor  Steve Beshear is urging lawmakers to finish their work on a transportation budget and six-year road plan on the final day of this year's legislative session.  Beshear says the Kentucky's roads and bridges are the state's economic lifeblood, and not passing legislation to ensure their continued maintenance would do more than threaten public safety.  With time running out, lawmakers haven't yet reached agreement on what road construction projects to fund in the next two-year budget cycle or in an overall six-year plan.  Beshear says he will make State Budget Director Mary L

LBL
7:03 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Land Between the Lakes Budget Cuts

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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area could see a change in services in the coming months as federal maintenance funds for the park are cut in half. At a public meeting last night, Forest Service officials met with area residents to determine what park users don't want to lose... and what they can live without. LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski says the cuts were made to the park maintenance account:

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Government
7:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Sponsor takes Tennessee Campaign Finance Bill off Notice

A bill seeking to lift a cap on contributions from political action committees in Tennessee has been withdrawn in the state House.  The bill sponsored by Republican Representative Glen Casada was taken off notice in the House State and Local Government Committee Tuesday without explanation.  State law limits legislative candidates to accepting no more than $107,200 per primary or general election.

From the Capitol
2:44 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Tax Commissions Hears Past Reports, Delays Picking A Consultant

Scott Steiner-Wikimedia

A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort today.

The group is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and is made up of business leaders from across the state.

During the all-afternoon meeting, the group received overviews of the dozen tax commissions that came before the current one.

And while giving the highlights, Greg Harkenrider, an economist in Governor Steve Beshear’s administration, told members that one change won’t cure all ills.

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Federal Funding for NPR
11:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

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

Statement of Gary Knell, President and CEO, National Public Radio, Before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in March, 2012.

Dear Chairman Rehberg, Congresswoman DeLauro and Members of the Subcommittee,

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2012 General Assembly
9:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

KY Lawmakers still without agreement on road budget

Kentucky lawmakers still haven't reached an accord on appropriations in the state's transportation budget.  State Representative Sannie Overly says House and Senate lawmakers remain far apart on proposed construction projects to be included in a six-year, $10 billion road plan.  Legislators are scheduled to reconvene Thursday for the final day of this year's legislative session.  This only allows two more days for negotiators to work out differences in the competing proposals offered by the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate.  Overly is a leading Democratic negotiator

McCracken County Fiscal Court
9:55 am
Tue April 10, 2012

McCracken County Fiscal Court Meeting 4/9

The McCracken County Fiscal Court decided last night to schedule a workshop to discuss an advisory board for the county’s animal shelter. Judge-Executive Van Newberry says the current proposal outlines a governing body of five members. The Court will hold the workshop within the next few weeks. The court also voted to allocate $12,000 toward transportation for non-public school children in the St. John’s area. Newberry says for years, the state has given money to the Court for this purpose, and it has mainly helped transport children to the St. Mary’s School System.

Tennessee Legislature
9:25 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Haslam: Decision on evolution bill likely Tuesday

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it will probably be close to the deadline before he decides whether to sign a proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.  The deadline is today.

Tennessee Legislature
9:23 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Tennessee Democrats Unhappy with "fast pace" of State Legislature

Tennessee House Democrats say the Republican majority is moving too quickly through the legislative process.  Toward the end of the House floor session Monday, Democratic Representative Jimmy Naifeh took exception to a Republican move to end debate on overhauling a judicial disciplinary panel.  Naifeh says the measure is a complex change, and lawmakers were unable to receive any details before the vote took place.  Republican Representative Curry Todd made the motion to head straight for a vote.  He says the final vote of 86-7 in favor of the bill showed no debate was necessary.  House Demo

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