State Rep. Susan Westrom http://wfpl.org en Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-supporters-make-second-pitch-kentucky-legislators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are once again trying to persuade a House committee to pass the legislation this session.</span></p><p>The House Judiciary Committee is the second committee—after House Health and Welfare—to hear the smoking ban bill sponsored by State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat.</p><p>This time, property rights and business rights were the main topic of questioning, but Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson&nbsp;told the committee that Kentucky's businesses have long supported smoking bans.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:59:19 +0000 Kenny Colston 4316 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban http://wfpl.org/post/former-wildcat-derek-anderson-gov-steve-beshear-join-rally-statewide-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda &nbsp;for their cause.</span></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:14:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 4000 at http://wfpl.org Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Clears House Committee http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-bill-clears-house-committee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky is one step closer to enacting a statewide smoking ban after legislation sailed Thursday through the House Committee on Health and Welfare.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Susan </span>Westrom<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Democrat of Lexington, would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:16:38 +0000 Rae Hodge 3867 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Clears House Committee Smoking Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock http://wfpl.org/post/smoking-ban-advocates-once-again-face-senate-roadblock <p></p><p></p><p>Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in public places are set to try their luck in passing such a law for the third legislative session.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:32:04 +0000 Kenny Colston 3343 at http://wfpl.org Smoking Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock Legislators Unlikely to Put State Health Exchange into Law http://wfpl.org/post/legislators-unlikely-put-state-health-exchange-law <p>Gov. Steve Beshear will likely have to re-issue his executive order to keep the state’s health exchange running.&nbsp;</p><p>Beshear started the exchange — part of the <a href="/topic/affordable-care-act-kentucky">Affordable Care Act,</a> often referred to as Obamacare&nbsp;— earlier this year through an executive order and state health officials have forged ahead with its creation.</p><p>But unless the Kentucky General Assembly takes up the issue to puts it into law, it's likely Beshear’s original order will have to be re-issued to keep work on the exchange moving forward.</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:01:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3148 at http://wfpl.org Legislators Unlikely to Put State Health Exchange into Law