Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

 Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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5:37 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Eminent Domain Bill Aimed at Bluegrass Pipeline

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would prevent the builders of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline from using eminent domain.

Lawmakers voted 75 to 16 in support of the measure, which is aimed at the Bluegrass Pipeline. The pipeline would cross a handful of Kentucky counties and carry the product of natural gas drilling in the northeast.

The bill only allows public utilities regulated by the state Public Service Commission to use eminent domain.

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Kentucky's Local Option Sales Tax Push Gets Boost From Speaker Greg Stumbo

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A push to allow Kentucky's local governments to fund projects with  a 1-percent sales tax increase has won the support of key leadership in the state House.

All it took was a conversation between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Gov. Steve Beshear, both Democrats.

After spending the past 50 days of the session criticizing the measure championed by Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Stumbo says he now supports legislation to allow local governments to fund capital construction projects with a new sales tax.

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Politics
8:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Declines Bills Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills Thursday that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply.

The committee also rejected a measure requiring women to meet in person with their doctor before having an abortion. They were each rejected along party-line votes.

Derek Selznick is executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. He says the mandatory ultrasounds would be traumatic to a woman who conceived a child after being raped.

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Politics
10:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.

Judging by the reception that Senate Bill 124 has received in its short lifespan in Frankfort, Rita Wooton likely won’t have to risk jail time in order to alleviate her son’s pain.

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu March 20, 2014

General Assembly: Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plants Can Regulate Their Own Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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A bill allowing coal-fired power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own carbon dioxide emissions has passed out of both chamber of the state legislature.

The legislation was filed by Rep. Jim Gooch, a Providence Democrat, who has private interests in coal-related businesses. His bill permits coal power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own levels of CO2, one of the major contributors to climate change.

The bill passed in his chamber, as well as the Senate, by unanimous vote.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Tax Incentives for Declining Coal Industry

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A Kentucky House committee  has passed a bill to give new tax incentives to Kentucky’s coal industry.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has unanimously passed a bill that sponsor Rep. Rocky Adkins says would provide tax rebates to coal companies on new machinery and investment.

Adkins says his bill is designed to retain jobs in the beleaguered coal industry, which employs its lowest number of workers since 1927.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.

Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer,  would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Politics
8:12 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell Supports a Kentucky State Bill Days After Saying He Generally Doesn't Do That

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told RollCall on Wednesday that he supports a bill filed in the Kentucky state legislature that aids his junior Senate counterpart—less than a week after he said he doesn't take positions on state-level legislation.

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Politics
6:38 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Chances For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim

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FRANKFORT — Chances that a smoking ban will pass in Kentucky this year are growing ever more slim.

Each year, about 1,000 Kentuckians die from illnesses related to second-hand smoke, but the Kentucky legislature hasn't come close to passing a ban on smoking in public places and many private businesses.

Last week, state Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat, declared her ban proposal dead after House leadership refused to bring it for a vote on the floor.

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