Kentucky General Assembly

Politics
5:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Bill Blocking Groceries from Selling Wine and Liquor Advances to House Floor

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A bill that would effectively block grocery stores from selling wine and liquor—and ban wine and liquor sales in new pharmacies—was approved today in a state House committee.

Under the legislation, grocery stores could still sell alcohol from an adjoined structure with a separate entrance. 

Current law does not allow people younger than 21 to enter a place which sells wine and package liquor, which has prevented sales in grocery stores in the past.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Passes Phone Deregulation Bill With Many Rural Lawmakers Opposed

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A bill that would end requirements on phone companies to provide landline services in parts of Kentucky where other options are available has cleared the state Senate.

Nicknamed the AT&T bill because of the phone company's support, the legislation was largely opposed by rural lawmakers who argue that the bill would end landline service to their areas without proper alternatives.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill

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FRANKFORT — The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders.

The Senate's 31-6 approval of a bill establishing oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally comes with the release of a poll stating that most Kentuckians believe legalized hemp would create jobs.

High-profile opponents remain unmoved.

And the hemp bill's fate in the state House isn't so clear.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban

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FRANKFORT — Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda  for their cause.

Urging Kentucky lawmakers to pass a statewide smoking ban, Gov. Steve Beshear and former University of Kentucky basketball player Derek Anderson spoke in favor of House Bill 190 at the rally. Currently more than 20 Kentucky communities have smoke-free laws, spanning across the state. And recent polls said that most Kentuckians support a ban.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

After Tough Debate, Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases

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The state Senate on Wednesday approved that sets up a panel to review abuse cases from nursing homes.

Three doctors would be put on the panel to review abuse cases; the bill would not prevent patients from filing lawsuits, but the findings from the panel could be admissible in court.

The Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on a party-line vote—Republican for, Democrats against.

The bill sponsor, Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, said the goal is to crack down on bad lawsuits, while still protecting nursing home patients.

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Politics
12:38 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Senate Committee Backs Bill Requiring Kentucky Medicaid Providers to Publish Prescription Prices

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A bill requiring Kentucky Medicaid managed care operators publish a list of prescriptions and reimbursement prices on Wednesday passed a state Senate committee, following prodding from  independent pharmacists asking for access to pricing standards before they fill prescriptions.

The group of independent pharmacists told lawmakers that they are still having trouble with reimbursements from the state's Medicaid managed care operators. And they said they were also still being dramatically undercut on prescription reimbursements when they did receive them.

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Education
4:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill to Raise Kentucky Dropout Age Approved by House Panel

The Kentucky House Education Committee has approved a bill that would require students to stay in school until they’re 18 years old.

Kentucky’s current law that allows students to drop out at age 16 with their parents’ permission. 

"As Gov. Beshear noted in his State of the Commonwealth speech, the dropout age was set in 1920.  That’s almost been 100 years.  Now in 1920, education wasn’t as highly regarded as it is today," said Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer, the bill's sponsor. 

Politics
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky State Senate OKs Alcohol Sales on Election Day

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The Kentucky State Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would remove the prohibition of alcohol sales on election days while polls are open.

The bill wouldn't supersede the authority of dry counties in determining alcohol availability—but areas that wanted to continue the prohibition of election day alcohol sales could vote to do so.

One aim of the bill: Business that rely on alcohol sales—and also tourist destinations along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail—would be allowed to remain open on election days.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill Increasing Kentucky Booster Seat Height Requirements Passes House Committee

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Seeking to curb child fatalities on Kentucky roads, a state House committee approved a bill  increasing children's height requirement for booster seats.

House Bill 282 would require children to use a booster seat while riding in a motor vehicle until they reach 57 inches or the age 9. Currently, children must use booster seats until they reach 53 inches or age 7.

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Politics
1:46 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Health Sharing Bill Moves Onto Full State Senate

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FRANKFORT — A bill that would allow exemptions for Christian health sharing organizations to operate in Kentucky sailed over it first hurdle in a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 3 is known as the Medishare bill, named for the health sharing organization Christian Care Medishare, which was recently kicked out of Kentucky by the Department of Insurance. Medishare operates by pooling money to help pay for members medical bills.

The bill would allow Medishare to re-start operations in Kentucky by giving it an exemption under current state insurance law.

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