Marijuana’s impact on public safety examined

October 13, 2017For Immediate ReleaseMarijuana’s impact on public safety examinedFRANKFORT – As Kentucky lawmakers explore ways to pay for public employee pensions, a coalition of law enforcement groups say legalizing marijuana for recreational use isn’t the answer.“I’m not willing to risk my grandchildren’s health to save my pension,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders …

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The Continuing Saga of Kentucky Cannabis…

Headlines from the past week on the continuing argument concerning Cannabis “legalization” in Kentucky…Witnesses testify against Kentucky legalizing marijuanaLOUISVILLE (WHAS) -- A proposal to balance Kentucky’s pension crisis with proceeds from pot sales has gained a lot of attention on social media. Thursday it was the focus of a hearing in Frankfort.   Governor Matt Bevin …

This meeting was not supposed to known to the public… “Frankfort, Anti-Marijuana Discussion”

I have been informed of these meetings taking place in Frankfort, Kentucky, this Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 1:00pm.  I am posting the information here!  Please follow links to obtain more information!#1***Attention mark your calendars for this Thursday's Anti Marijuana Discussion***Should KY Veterans, or Public Protection Officers (Fire Fighters, Police, EMT) be criminals for trying …

Republican state Senator will propose recreational marijuana as way to create needed pension revenue

10/04/2017 03:11 PMby Nick Storm• @NStorm_politicsVIDEO THROUGH THIS LINK!With one of the worst funded pension systems in the entire nation in the commonwealth, Republican state Sen. Dan Seum says the need for new revenue could take the state higher, legally. Seum, R-Fairdale, suggests legalizing marijuana could add badly needed new revenues to the state coffers …

Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

September 21, 2017Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisisFRANKFORT – At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients.That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators yesterday in …

Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meeting

For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 15, 2017Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meetingFRANKFORT—Kentucky prosecutors today told state lawmakers that they have little to nothing to cut from their budgets. Governor Matt Bevin requested that most state agencies plan to cut around 17 percent from their current budgets in a letter sent to state officials …

Change in law sought for study of alcoholic drinks

News ReleaseFriday, August 18, 2017Change in law sought for study of alcoholic drinksFRANKFORT – Universities across Kentucky are offering classes in distilling, brewing and wine making, but students can't necessarily taste the spirits they're studying in class – even if they're of drinking age.Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, said he wanted to address that in testimony …

Gov. Bevin to Ceremonially Sign Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Tomorrow

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin will be joined by state legislators in Frankfort on Tuesday, as he ceremonially signs three recently enacted measures aimed at combatting Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.House Bill 333, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, prevents physicians from prescribing more than a three-day supply of opioid painkillers (with some exceptions) …

Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs Office of the Governor

Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsOffice of the GovernorMEDIA ADVISORYContact: Zach Morgan502-564-2611Zach.Morgan@ky.govMeeting NoticeKentucky Commission on Military Affairs - Executive CommitteeFRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2017) - The Executive Committee of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs will meet next week in Frankfort.Who:Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsWhat:Executive Committee MeetingWhen:Tuesday, June 1310:00 a.m. (EDT)Where:Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs1111 Louisville …

The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

For Immediate ReleaseJune 8, 2017Legislative panel warns of tight budgets aheadCOVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man. “Think about that,” Deputy Secretary for Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Brad Montell said while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations …

HB 410 was written to bring Kentucky into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act by Jan. 1, 2019…

News ReleaseJune 7, 2017New transportation laws being rolled outFRANKFORT – Coming to Kentucky roads this year: surplus military Humvees, three-wheeled vehicles dubbed autocycles and maybe even golf carts modified to deliver online purchases.Legislation addressing these three types of vehicles were among the transportation-related bills passed during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, …

2017 Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Vote: Key Dates To Watch

Above:  Unfortunately the above picture was not taken in Kentucky!   Have you been trying to follow Kentucky marijuana legalization news online and find you cannot figure out if it is legalized or if the bill died in the Kentucky State Senate? Current Kentucky medical marijuana laws were introduced in late 2016 by Kentucky state …

(KY) Senate Week in Review

  Submitted By Reginald Thomas FRANKFORT— It may have been a “short session” in the number of days, but the 2017 Legislative Session was not “short” on important public policy changes. Last week, we completed the 29th and 30th days of the session by voting on significant issues in the areas of education, criminal justice …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

March 31, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol 2017 Legislative session draws to a close FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2017 legislative session on Thursday night after a final swirl of meetings, debate and eleventh-hour votes. After leaving Frankfort for a nearly-two-week veto recess, members of the House and Senate …

Kentucky congressman says ‘Hell No’ to Obamacare replacement bill

By Fernando Alfonso III falfonso@herald-leader.com A tweet from a Northern Kentucky congressman went viral Wednesday afternoon after he used his voting card to double down on his disdain for the American Health Care Act, the Republicans’ attempt to replace Obamacare. Rep. Thomas Massie’s tweet features a photo of his “new” voting card and the words …

(KY) Senate approves bill to tighten reporting of toxicology screenings

For Immediate Release March 14, 2017  Senate approves bill to tighten reporting of toxicology screenings FRANKFORT -- A bill to tighten the reporting of toxicology screenings by Kentucky hospitals passed the state Senate today, clearing its way to become law pending the signature of Gov. Matt Bevin.  House Bill 314, which was approved by the …

Charter school bill passes, goes to governor

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 Charter school bill passes, goes to governor FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Senate and House each voted today in favor of legislation to allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, a supporter of charter schools, to be signed into law. House Bill …

(KY) Who is this legislature working for?

March 14, 2017 As this session of the General Assembly winds down, its recurring theme has been the transfer of power to those who already have it. The dramatic rush of legislation in early January produced the new Republican majority’s crown jewel, a right-to-work law weakening the labor unions that represent Kentucky workers. Since then, …

(3/10/17) Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part …

Kentucky on verge of lifting nuclear moratorium

James Bruggers , @jbruggers 10:23 a.m. ET March 8, 2017 Nuclear critic says no nuclear power plants will likely come to Kentucky any time soon because of their costs A bill that would overturn a three-decade-old law that effectively bars construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky is on the verge of passing the General …

Where key bills stand with seven workdays left in the 2017 General Assembly

By John Cheves jcheves@herald-leader.com Frankfort The 2017 General Assembly enters its final phase Monday as Republican leaders prepare for Gov. Matt Bevin a stack of legislation on university funding, religious expression, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and many other subjects. The Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to continue passing bills through Wednesday, then recess until …

Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review Members of the Senate took action on one of the issues of greatest interest to Kentuckians when we passed a major education bill this week that would begin aligning university funding with the state’s top postsecondary education goals. Senate Bill 153, that I sponsored, changes Kentucky’s historical …

Kentucky Senate approves repeal of Common Core standards in schools

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Jack Brammer vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com The Kentucky Senate on Friday unanimously approved a wide-ranging public education bill that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and establish a new process for reviewing classroom academic standards. Under Senate Bill 1, revisions would be made to the Kentucky academic standards in …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

For Immediate Release February 17, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol February 13 – 17, 2017 FRANKFORT -- Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate. In-state newspapers have recently reported …

Public benefit corporation bill heads to Senate

For Immediate Release February 14, 2017 Public benefit corporation bill heads to Senate FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House has voted 78-17 for a bill that would allow public benefit corporations to do business in the Commonwealth. Should House Bill 35 become law, Kentucky would become one of more than 31 states that allow for the creation of …

Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Trafficking in any amount of fentanyl, a …

Kentucky: House Introduces Constitutional/Permit less Carry Legislation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The Kentucky House of Representatives introduced their own constitutional/permit less carry bill. House Bill 316, sponsored by Representative C. Wesley Morgan (R-81), recognizes Kentuckians’ freedom to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Kentucky concealed deadly weapons license. It is of the utmost importance that this …

(KY) HB 147 College immunization bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 9, 2017 College immunization bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—Whooping cough. Measles. Meningitis. Just hearing these words can strike fear in most any parent or school teacher. But it’s not just young school children who are at risk. College and university students can also get communicable diseases says Dr. Patty Swiney, a …

KDA proposes legislation to help feed the hungry

  Proposals would double tax credit for donated food, strengthen liability protections For Immediate Release Monday, January 30, 2017For more information contact: Angela Blank(502) 573-0450 FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has come forward with legislation to help businesses and .individuals who wish to donate food to organizations that serve hungry Kentuckians. …

Support Sen. Perry Clark: SB57 and SB76 (2017)

Legislation filed by Senator Perry Clark of Louisville, SB 57, seeks to establish a statewide, comprehensive medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 57, The Cannabis Compassion Act, establishes regulations overseeing the establishment of state-licensed dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients. It also permits patients to home cultivate their own supply of medical cannabis. Senator …