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BIll to Affect Redistricting
2:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Senate Bill Would Amend Constitutional Provisions on Redistricting

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky's constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate.

State Senator Robert Stivers's bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split.

Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one whole district cannot be split. But Stivers's language would allow some counties that can't be split under that rule to now be open to divisions.

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Tennessee Senate
1:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill

Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.  A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students' scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it's unnecessary because the lottery's education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the provisions in the proposa

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Government
8:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Abortion Bill

The Kentucky Senate approved a bill requiring patients to undergo an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The bill establishes a criminal penalty for violation of the law. A similar proposal has been introduced in the Senate before, only to lose in the House. The bill passed 32-4. 

Education
2:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Senate Approves Dropout Bill

A proposal to raise Kentucky s dropout age to 18 years old has passed a major hurdle.

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
8:28 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Senate Approves Reflective Tape on Buggies

Amish men from across Kentucky arrived at the Capitol Tuesday to watch the Senate approve a bill allowing them to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies rather than the bright orange triangular signs some object to on religious grounds.  The vote passed unanimously and that now goes to the House for consideration.  Murray Republican Ken Winters sponsored the measure that allows buggy drivers to use gray or silver reflective tape to outline their vehicles. Winters says tests show the reflective tape makes the buggies visible up to 1,000 feet away.

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