Lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make placement agents involved in financial investments for Kentucky's pension program subject to the state's ethics laws. The legislation is an offshoot of a state audit that raised questions about the use of placement agents who advise the state about how to invest retirement funds for teachers and government workers. The House voted 94-0 Thursday for final passage. Democratic Rep.
Three years ago, Rep. Joe Towns failed to make Tennessee the first state to fine teenagers for wearing saggy britches. Now the Memphis Democrat has a more comprehensive measure to prohibit "risque dressing" in schools - and its chances of passage are looking good. The proposal is headed for a House floor vote and is moving steadily in the Senate.
Tennessee election officials say the small number of residents who didn't have proper identification during early voting indicates people are adjusting to a new law requiring a photo ID to vote, but others say the real test will be November’s general election. Tennessee's 12-day early voting period ended last Tuesday. Election Coordinator Mark Goins says during that time, there were more than 200,000 voters, and only 46 showed up without a photo ID. However, Vanderbilt University political science professor Bruce Oppenheimer says early voters are a bad sample of the general electorate be
A 2001 law could have prevented the arrest of a Paducah teen and the death of her baby. The Safe Infants Act allows parents of newborns less than 72 hours old to drop the child off anonymously without consequences. Police departments, fire departments and hospitals are will all accept anonymous drop-offs. The law protects parents from legal repercussions as long as the child shows no signs of abuse. Parents have 30 days to change their minds before the child is put under permanent state custody.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department and the CFSB Bank will hold a training exercise at the bank's Benton headquarters Thursday afternoon. Several area law enforcement agencies, including McCracken and Calloway counties, are expected to participate. The exercise will simulate a hostage situation and bomb threat with the goal of training responders and bank staff to deal with emergencies. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department says the exercise could cause traffic delays. Signs will be posted to indicate the training is in progress.