Kentucky House

Education
1:32 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

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Government
1:19 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

House Committee Passes Unemployment Insurance Fix

A compromise to help employers avoid high federal unemployment insurance taxes has easily cleared a House committee.

The proposal would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a bank or other organization to repay federal loans. Kentucky borrowed nearly one billion dollars from the federal government to pay for unemployment insurance during the recession.

Up until now, the state had no plan on how to keep up with interest payments on that loan. 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
10:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

House Passes Concealed Weapons for Prosecutors

The Kentucky House has passed a measure giving retired prosecutors special privileges to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Representatives voted Monday for the measure now headed to the Senate.  Democratic state Representative Bob Damron is sponsor of the bill extending to commonwealth's attorneys and county attorneys the same right already given to retired judges.  The measure is intended to allow retired prosecutors to defend themselves if attacked.  Kentucky already allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have permits to do so.

2012 General Assembly
1:04 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Passes Nursing Home Background Checks Bill

The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.  The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.  The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant and a $1 million state grant.

Government
8:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

State House Budget Vote

The Kentucky House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.  Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn't expect a lot of changes to Governor Steve Beshear's original budget proposal. The governor's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee vote is expected Tuesday.

Government
9:09 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Felon Voting Rights

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would let Kentuckians decide whether to amend the state Constitution to restore some felons' voting rights.  The measure by Democratic Representative Jesse Crenshaw of Lexington passed Thursday. Most felons would be eligible to vote after they have served their sentences or completed probation. It would not apply to those convicted of treason, intentional killing, sex crimes or bribery. If approved in the Senate, the proposal would then go to the secretary of state.

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