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4:45 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Abramson: Tax Reform Legislation Not Likely This Session, Best Chance May be 2014

The head of Kentucky's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission says he thinks the prospects for tax reform are good — but they're unlikely to be approved during the current legislative session.

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson spoke in Bowling Green today about his commission's 54 proposed changes to the state's tax code.

He says he thinks the best time to take on the issue, if not in a special session later this year, would be the 2014 General Assembly session.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Courier-Journal Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Gambling

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 A recently released poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians favor the expansion of gambling in the state.

Sixty percent of Kentuckians said they support expansion when asked a broad yes or no question about it, The Courier-Journal’s Bluegrass Poll said. 

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Politics
12:02 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

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An overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18, a new poll says.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with a parent’s permission. But Gov.  Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.

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Politics
9:44 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

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The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Beshear Supports Local Option Sales Tax

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Proponents of a local option sales tax have gained big ally in their legislative fight: Gov. Steve Beshear. 

The local option sales tax would allow cities to levy an additional tax on top of the state’s current six percent sales tax for specific projects, if local voters approved the new tax.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are the chief advocates pushing the idea, arguing their cities would use the extra revenue for infrastructure projects.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lawmaker: Penal Code Reforms Are Working

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A new law that allows alternative sentencing for non-violent misdemeanor offenses to ease jail overcrowding in Kentucky is beginning to show positive results.

That’s according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Democrat John Tilley was one of the architects of the 2011 measure known as House Bill 463, which, among other things, emphasizes substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration as an option for misdemeanor drug crimes.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Spirits Sellers to Legislators: Don't Wait for Appeals Ruling For New Liquor Law

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If a federal judge's ruling goes into effect, businesses that sell liquor in Kentucky may see increased competition — and those businesses are encouraging legislators to act before an appeals  decision comes down.

Judge John Heyburn tossed the laws last year, saying it was unconstitutional to allow places like drug stores to sell some wine and liquor, but not groceries.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

State Law Forces Metro Council to Leave Guns Out of ‘Deadly Weapons’ Ordinance; Nunchucks Included

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The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss a proposed ordinance this week that would take out guns in the city’s definition of deadly weapons.

The ordinance seeks to change Metro Government's safety codes to include such things as knives, nightsticks, ninja star, nunchuck karate sticks and brass knuckles as violent weapons, but not firearms.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Robert Stivers: Let's Exhaust Legal Appeals Before Reforming Liquor Laws

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Work on reforming some of Kentucky’s liquor laws may wait until a federal appeals court rules on a current challenge.

A federal circuit judge threw out state laws dealing with where wine and distilled spirits can be sold, calling them unfair. Currently only select stores — such as liquor stores and pharmacies — can sell those beverages, while others — such as groceries — can only sell beer.

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Politics
11:17 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Undecided On Whether to Delay Redistricting

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Kentucky legislative leaders say they haven't responded yet to Gov. Steve Beshear’s request to delay General Assembly redistricting in the 2013 session.

Senate President Robert Stivers says his leadership team has not yet decided on a response and that many in his chamber are conflicted on when to address redistricting.

“And we all have varying opinions on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done and one thing I don’t think we need to do is a special session,” he says.

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