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7:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Bill Sponsor: Tobacco Lobby Influencing Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Progress

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FRANKFORT—Tobacco companies have spent nearly $70,000 in the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, according to lobbying data from the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission

And the sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking statewide in Kentucky public places and some private businesses thinks that that money is working to keep her bill in limbo. 

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7:34 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Idea to Allow Others to Challenge Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Order Unnecessary, Speaker Says

Greg Stumbo
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a Republican lawmaker's idea to allow third-parties to appeal a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage wouldn’t require a change in state law.

Sen. Dan Seum, of Louisville, told Kentucky Public Radio that he plans to file a bill that would allow other groups to appeal a decision by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to.

But Stumbo says that there’s no precedent for such an idea, and that such a bill likely wouldn’t be necessary.

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3:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says

County Attorney candidate Karen Faulkner
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Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the timing of the Jefferson County Attorney’s legal opinion that Metro Councilman David James’ two jobs are incompatible.

Faulkner is a former public defender who is running for county attorney against incumbent Mike O’Connell in the May primary.

James is supporting Faulkner in the Democratic primary election, citing concerns with O’Connell’s positions on expunging records and the county attorney’s tense relationship with district judges.

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9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Allow Others Besides Attorney General to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

Dan Seum
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FRANKFORT — A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would allow a third party to appeal a federal judge's order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

State Sen. Dan Seum tells Kentucky Public Radio that if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn's opinion, his bill would allow others to do so.

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7:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ky. Attorney General Should Take 'Serious Look' at David James Opinion, County Attorney Says

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
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The Kentucky Attorney General needs to take a "serious look" at Democrat David James' dual roles as a Metro Council member and University of Louisville police officer.

That's according to Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, who sat in the front row of council chambers Thursday as James cast votes in defiance of a legal opinion issued by the city's top lawyer this week.

O'Connell is arguing James is violating a provision of the Kentucky Constitution by occupying two incompatible offices.

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9:13 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge'

Council Democrats David James (l) and Vicki Aubrey Welch (r)

Louisville Metro Council Democrats are seeking to amend their caucus rules to bar legislative aides from working against fellow incumbents in local elections.

But the investigation that sparked the changes is based largely on hearsay and rumor, according to the council Democratic leader.

During the hour-long meeting, Council Democrats Vicki Aubrey Welch and David James clashed over the internal probe looking at whether his legislative aide is working to defeat an incumbent.

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7:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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FRANKFORT—The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.

A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.

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2:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Jefferson County Attorney’s Legal Opinion is Political Payback, Councilman David James Says

Councilman David James, D-6,

Louisville Metro Councilman David James claims a legal opinion saying he should not cast a vote until he quits his police job is political retribution.

The Democratic lawmaker also says he plans to vote at Thursday's meeting despite a suggestion he cannot.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell issued a memo to council members on Wednesday, citing a section of Kentucky Constitution that he says forbids James from sitting on the council while being a U of L police officer.

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8:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rep. Larry Clark: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Still in the Works

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A state lawmaker from Louisville says the issue of expanded gaming isn’t dead yet.

Democratic state Rep. Larry Clark says that he met with representatives from five Kentucky racetracks and the head of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to allay concerns of the thoroughbred industry over a bill he has filed that would expand gaming in the state.

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8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Cannabis Oil Bill

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Rita Wooton holds up her smartphone and plays a video: Her three-year-old son, Eli, clad in a diaper, writhes on a couch, his limbs twitching, his lips a pale shade of blue.

Eli has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, or LGS, a rare neurological disorder that causes chronic seizures. Her son has suffered thousands of them, causing extensive brain damage, Wooton says.

A bill that would legalize the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes cleared on Wednesday a state Senate committee.

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