Kentucky

Society
3:30 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Storm Victims Eligible for State Medicaid Aid

Kentuckians displaced by recent storms who receive Medicaid benefits can receive up to a 30 day supply of their medicines with co-pays waived. Governor Beshear issued the first-ever executive order of this kind, which also allows residents of counties that were declared in a state of emergency to receive emergency refills. The order does not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.

Morning Cram
8:51 am
Mon March 5, 2012

the morning cram [blew out my flip-flop edition]

NPR reports the science behind why we hate political flip-floppers is simple: it's all about brains.

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Beshear Requests Aid
6:19 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Beshear Asks for Federal Disaster Relief for Tornado-Affected Areas

Storm damage in West Liberty, Kentucky.
Courier-Journal

Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.

The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.

Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren't yet known, he's confident the there's enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.

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Government
3:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

PSE compromise passes committee

A supposed compromise on a bill aimed at cracking down on meth production in Kentucky is once again making its way through the state Senate.

The bill passed committee quickly this morning. The bill's sponsor, Senator Robert Stivers, says the bill could be voted on the Senate floor as soon as this afternoon.

The compromise will allow pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth) to continue to be bought over the counter, but will limit consumers to only three point six grams, which is equivalent to one box of cold medicine, a month.

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Government
2:04 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Conway Calls for Federal Help to Monitor Prescription Drugs

Attorney General Jack Conway at a prescription drug Take-Back day in Louisville
ag.ky.gov Office of the Attorney General

While the Kentucky General Assembly considers legislation aimed at reducing the state’s prescription drug epidemic, Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his message about painkillers to Washington. Conway testified Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He asked for federal help in creating a nationwide prescription monitoring system.

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House Passes Pair of Drug Bills
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

House Judiciary Passes Two Bills to Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state's fight against drugs.

One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds.

The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription drugs. The bill puts KASPER under the Attorney General's office and requires the board of medical licensure to crack down on reports that prescriptions are being over prescribed.

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House Approves Amish Bill
3:38 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Amish Buggie Bill Clears House

Wikimedia

Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.

The House voted today in favor of a bill that requires the Amish to put 200 inches of red tape on their buggies. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-9, despite objections from lawmakers in areas where the bill would matter the most. Among the no votes was Representative Martha Jane King of Logan County.  She's heard concerns that the tape isn't as easily seen or as safe as the orange triangle that's used currently.

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Public Financing for Supreme Court Race
8:20 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Public Financing Proposed for Supreme Court Races

Fearing wealthy donors might unduly influence Supreme Court races, a Kentucky lawmaker is pushing a longshot proposal that would create a public financing system for would-be justices on the state's highest court.  State Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says the legislation is needed in the wake of a 2010 U.S.

Kentucky Budget
8:17 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Budget Chairman Foresees No Major Budget Overhaul

Kentucky House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand says he expects no major overhaul of Governor Steve Beshear's budget proposal.  Rand says House lawmakers will likely do some "fine tuning" but Governor Beshear's 19 and a half billion dollar two-year budget proposal won't undergo wholesale changes.  Lawmakers spent Sunday at the Capitol examining the budget proposal, which could be presented to House lawmakers for a vote within two weeks.  Rand says he expects the almost 8 and a half percent cuts Beshear proposed for most government agencies will largely stay in place.

Gambling Oppostion
2:07 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Catholic Coalition Opposes Gambling

Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos. Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators today detailing the concerns of the state's four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.

“A lot of this opposition is for us is because this is not a reliable source of income, it’s regressive in nature, and we need to find better ways to meet the needs of Kentuckians.”

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