Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session ends

FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended this evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state.Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – …

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(KY) SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

For Immediate ReleaseApril 6, 2018SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATEAfter a productive 58th day of the 2018 Legislative Session that saw the passing of several significant bills to benefit the Commonwealth, we have now entered a 10-day “veto recess” where Governor Matt Bevin will have the opportunity to sign and veto bills passed by the Kentucky …

A man in Kentucky is suing the commonwealth to be able to use “IM GOD” on his license plate.

Man sues Kentucky for right to "IM GOD' license plateBy: NBC4 Staff FRANKFORT, KY (WCMH) -- A man in Kentucky is suing the commonwealth to be able to use “IM GOD” on his license plate. For more than a decade Ben “Bennie” Hart used the license plate “IM GOD” in Ohio. Hart, who is an …

The gentlemen from Kentucky rise to speak for hemp

By Paul Danish April 5, 2018When U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced last week that he was going to introduce a bill to legalize industrial hemp, there was a sudden collective intake of breath among the nation’s journos, the likes of which hadn’t been heard since the last 4/20 celebration at CU Boulder.Rand …

(KY) Bourbon by mail: Bill would make it possible

For Immediate ReleaseApril 2, 2018Bourbon by mail: Bill would make it possibleFRANKFORT – A measure that would allow direct shipment of alcoholic beverages received final passage today in the state Senate and is on its way to the governor to be signed into law. The measure, known as House Bill 400, is an economic development …

HORSE CAVE (KY) POLICE CHIEF PLEADS THE 5TH, WHEN GLASGOW ATTORNEY ASKS “DID YOU PLANT DRUGS ON MY CLIENT?”

on 03/22/2018 |The Horse Cave Police Department has been in the headlines recently and few details have been released regarding the active FBI investigation into the department.  Initially with pay, later changed to unpaid, Horse Cave Police Chief Sean Henry and Officer Chris Trulock have been placed on administrative leave from the department.This week, in …

Does America Need Another Prison? It may be this rural county’s only chance at survival

By Jon Schuppe Mar 22, 2018WHITESBURG, Ky. — If it wasn’t for his family’s bond to the mountainside where he grew up, Aaron Boggs might have fled by now.His home is Letcher County, a rugged and remote part of eastern Kentucky sustained for generations by a coal industry that now hardly exists. He remains here …

Mitch McConnell wants hemp removed from controlled substance list

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Senate's top leader wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he'll introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.The Republican made the announcement in his home state of Kentucky, which …

Proposal for legal medical marijuana held hostage by Kentucky House GOP leadership

Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal Published 3:20 p.m. ET March 20, 2018 Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says legislation that would legalize medical marijuana is being held hostage by the state House of Representatives’ Republican leadership.House Bill 166, which is sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, would let qualifying patients diagnosed with …

(HB 166) Medical Cannabis Revenue Now Directed Towards Pensions

Medical Cannabis Revenue Now Directed Towards PensionsMedical Cannabis As New Source of Revenue for KY & Pensions?Since the 2nd week of #KYGA18 HB166 has been the most viewed & monitored bill in Frankfort. The people want and need medical cannabis.So why is HB166 not moving forward even with having been granted 3 committee hearings, and …

Geoff Young (D) Drops Peaceful, Legal Bomb on Kentucky "Democratic" Party

Geoffrey M Young shared a link.Yesterday at 4:08pmGeoff Young (D) Drops Peaceful, Legal Bomb on Kentucky "Democratic" PartyPlease contact U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. at the Lexington Main Phone Number: (859) 233-2661 – and leave a message asking him to empanel a federal grand jury to decide whether to indict these 121 suspects.Media Release …

Medical marijuana vote coming Tuesday

BY RONNIE ELLIS CNHI Kentucky FRANKFORT — The state House Judiciary Committee plans a vote Tuesday on authorizing the use of medical marijuana for treatment of chronic pain, side effects of chemotherapy and conditions like multiple sclerosis.The committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 166, sponsored by Rep. John Sims, R-Flemingsburg, which would allow doctors …

The House Republican budget plan includes a hike in the cigarette tax and a new tax on dosages of opioid drugs…

Plan would raise Kentucky's cigarette tax above $1 per pack to pay for educationTom Loftus, Louisville Courier Journal Published 7:53 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018Plan would raise cigarette taxes above $1 per pack to pay for educationFRANKFORT, Ky. — The House Republican budget plan includes a hike in the cigarette tax and a new tax …

KENTUCKY HAS SERIOUS WATER ISSUES

A creek in Martin County, Ky., ran bright yellow in April. The state claimed that yellow highway-marking paint was to blame. Photo via Facebook.I received an email from “Food and Water Watch” concerning water issues in Martin County Kentucky which prompted me to do a google search to see what I could find out.  The …

Sally Oh was Live on Facebook: “Medical Cannabis, States’ Rights & the Civil War”

PLEASE TAKE 10 MINUTES TO LISTEN TO SALLY OH’S VIDEO!Above is the LINK to Sally Oh’s live video on Facebook explaining States Rights and the medical cannabis war.There is also an article at this LINK from the Tenth Amendment Center which explains States Rights.States Don’t Have to Comply: The Anti-Commandeering DoctrineLaws passed in pursuance of …

(Louisville, KY) Medical Marijuana Town Hall Comment Form

The following comment form is being circulated to give the Citizens of the Louisville Metro area of Kentucky a chance to voice their opinions concerning the ongoing medical marijuana discussions in the Legislature.Please take a moment if you live in this area to fill out the form and let them hear your feelings on this …

Important Bills to watch in Kentucky

Every so often I post emails containing the Bills being worked on in Kentucky, from the Legislature.  I thought I would post a list for the Medical Marijuana and adult use Cannabis Bills, and a few other Bills of interest as well.  There are several hundred this year and there is no way anyone could …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2)

February 2, 2018This Week at the State Capitol (Jan. 29 - Feb. 2)Pace quickens in second month of legislative sessionFRANKFORT – As lawmakers enter the second month of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session, action already has been taken on a number of fronts that could have impacts across the state.Lawmakers have approved a measure …

Gov. Bevin To Announce Launch of Find Help Now Website, Student Opioid Awareness Marketing Competition

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin will join representatives from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the University of Kentucky’s Injury Prevention and Research Center to announce the launch of FindHelpNowKY.org. The website allows users to search in real-time for a substance use disorder …

(KY) SB 118–Relating to Medical Cannabis

Thank you Senator Steve West for giving KY patients the freedom to try cannabis.  SB118 will give patients the choice to try cannabis for their condition without fear of prosecution, imprisonment, loss of parental rights...LINKSB 118(BR-1392)(click bill number to view bill details.)Title:  AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.Sponsor(s):West , Stephen Seum , Dan "Malano" Clark …

(LOUISVILLE, KY) Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid CrisisLouisville, KY - Tuesday, January 30, 2018Thank you, Russel for that introduction, for your leadership in this office, and for your service as an FBI Special Agent.  As a former senator, I am certain that your experience as a hostage …

AgTech’s Diversified, Farmers-First Industrial Hemp Operation to Create 271 Jobs in Bourbon County

Company will work with farmers and UK, make $5M-plus initial investment in Paris facility for developing hemp-based productsFRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2018) – AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s …

“Our leaders should scrap the policy of prohibition, pull our dignity and values back out of the gutter where we threw them when Prohibition began…”

The following is from a post made in 2013 but still holds true today!Thomas Tony VanceA ruling was made in the case of the Petition to Reschedule Marijuana from Schedule I, dangerous and having no medical value to Schedule II or lower to more properly reflect marijuana’s actual danger and it’s use as medicine. The …

New House Bill Could Merge Kentucky Counties

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -  House Bill 243,  sponsored by Republican state Rep. Toby Herald, of Beattyville, would change Kentucky's political landscape in the most literal way.The bill would consolidate 100 counties into 34. Larger counties, such as Fayette, Jefferson, Warren and Pike, would remain unchanged.The counties could be renamed and local governments would consolidate.A …

(KY) We will be introducing an Adult Responsible Use Act tomorrow (Jan. 17)

We will be introducing an Adult Responsible Use Act tomorrow. A Press Conference is scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, 11:30, room 327 of Capitol Bldg. We will meet in cafeteria at 10:00 if you would like to join.Dan Seum4 hrs · Louisville · FOLKS NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED!...REMEMBER, YOU DON'T HAVE TO …

(KY) This Week in Frankfort

January 12, 2018This Week in FrankfortJanuary 8-11FRANKFORT -- The General Assembly’s 2018 session passed one of its early milestones this week as the first bill to clear a chamber this year was approved by the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday.The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3, brought back an issue lawmakers have considered before: adding language …

House Bill 166 filed for medical cannabis legalization

JOSHUA SAMMONS joshua.sammons@lee.netJan 11, 2018FRANKFORT -- A medical cannabis bill acquired support and has officially been submitted to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.State Rep. John Sims is the primary bill sponsor with State Rep. Alan Gentry as a cosponsor. Sims said that he stands behind the bill because of research and studies that show …

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor. The approval came one day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued policy guidance allowing …

REMEMBERING GATEWOOD GALBRAITH

In remembrance of Gatewood Galbraith, a Kentucky Stateman and Attorney, who was the Activists that we all grew up to and learned from…One of his last cases before his death was in Barren County Kentucky for Richard Rawlings and Sheree Krider in 2011.During this time, Gatewood Galbraith also represented Richard J. Rawlings, former president for …

Before session, local legislators filed bills on state employees, sports wagering, marijuana, ethics, disabled veterans

By Alfred Miller   Email the author | twitterState government is shrinking under Gov. Matt Bevin, and state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, pre-filed a bill last month that aims to address that decrease.Over the past two years, the number of full-time executive branch jobs has dropped to 30,609 from 31,355, or 2.4 percent, according to the …