Government

Fire Services
8:49 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

South Fulton Adopts New Fire Subscription Service

Obion County Tennessee residents within 5 miles of South Fulton have a new subscription based fire service that helps ensure fire fighters respond to all fires. The change comes after the city faced scrutiny for not fighting fires at homes where the owner failed to pay the fee. City commissioners voted three to two Thursday night to approve the ordinance.

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Beshear Appoints Haynes
3:19 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Beshear Appoints Haynes to Health and Family Services Cabinet

Gov. Steve Beshear has named Audrey Tayse  Haynes as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Haynes will replace Eric Freidlander. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs. Haynes previously served 10 years as the senior vice president and chief government affairs officer of YMCA of the USA.  She also worked in the Clinton Administration as director of the White House Office of Women's Initiatives and Outreach. Haynes will begin on April 16.

House Commitee Passes Plan
3:09 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

House Budget Committee Passes Road Plan

The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth.

The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet's operating budget today.

The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear's big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway.

Bill sponsor Sannie Overly didn't offer specific details about the committee's changes to the measures, but says there are some.

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Government
2:20 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Haynes is New Health and Family Secretary

Gov. Steve Beshear has named Audrey Tayse Haynes of Adair County as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs. Haynes will begin on April 16th.

Haynes will replace Eric Freidlander who was serving as the interim secretary after Janie Miller resigned last month. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs.

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Government
2:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

House Budget Committee Passes Road Plan

The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth.

The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet's operating budget today.

The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear's big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway.

Bill sponsor Sannie Overly didn't offer specific details about the committee's changes to the measures, but says there are some.

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2012 General Assembly
8:58 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Lawmakers Consider Immigrant Benefit Bill

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A bill intended to keep illegal immigrants from getting Kentucky welfare benefits is up for a state Senate committee vote today. Republican Senator Mike Wilson is sponsoring the legislation requiring welfare applicants to present proof of U.S. citizenship. Without that proof, applicants would be ineligible for government benefits.

Crime and Law
8:42 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Amish Buggy Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments today from a group of Graves County Amish men who refused for religious reasons to use a slow moving vehicle sign on their horse-drawn buggies. The men say their faith forbids them from using the orange reflective triangles as the color is immodest and the triangular shape represents the Holy Trinity which they do not believe in. Many have gone to jail for refusing to pay fines for not displaying the signs. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney is arguing on behalf of the men, who are part of the conservative Amish sect Swartzentruber.

2012 General Assembly
8:29 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Kentucky House Endorses Loan Interest Bill

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A bill designed to help pay federal interest payments is one step closer to becoming law. The measure passed the House unanimously today, although a few Republicans expressed concerns over the bill. The bill would let the state borrow money to help make federal interest payments on a loan Kentucky took out during the recession. The state borrowed more than $900 billion to help pay for unemployment insurance, but didn’t account for interest payments. If the state is late on payments, the federal government can put a higher tax on employers to recoup the funds.

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2012 General Assembly
8:26 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Special Election Bill Headed to Gov. Beshear's Desk

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Lawmakers in both chambers have passed a bill aimed at reducing the cost of uncontested special legislative elections. Kentucky House lawmakers passed the measure weeks ago, while it passed the Senate today. The bill was proposed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to help cut costs to her office and county clerks. State Senator Damon Thayer says the bill will cut back on the multiple voting locations which are currently required by law when there’s only one election and one candidate on the ballot. The bill won’t affect elections where multiple candidates are running.

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2012 General Assembly
8:23 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Lawmakers Consider Adult Abuse Registry

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has endorsed the creation of an adult abuse registry.
The bill that would create that registry has been a priority of lawmakers for years, but funding hasn’t been there. But this year, Governor Steve Beshear allocated funds for the registry in the budget. Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo is the bill’s sponsor, and has supported the idea for the past several years. The measure would list anyone convicted of elder abuse on the new registry, which Palumbo says is key.

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