2011 Legislative Chatter: Ads on school buses, transparency in prison canteens and more

11/29/2010 06:56 AM

In preparation for the 2011 General Assembly, cn|2 Politics has been putting a spotlight on some bills that could become issues in the legislative session. So have other media outlets. Here’s a round-up of some of the pre-filed bills that being chattered about:

A bill pre-filed by state Rep. Brad Montell, a Shelbyville Republican, would allow advertisements on school buses, Phil Pendleton of WKYT reports. The bill would require 50% of the money raised by the selling of advertisements to go toward purchases for the classrooms in the school district where the sale was made.

As a result of suggestions made from an audit of Aramark, the food service that provides meals in Kentucky’s prison systems, state Rep. Brent Yonts, a Democrat from Greenville, has pre-filed a bill that would open up the records and activities of the prison canteen system, Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The state centralized canteen system manages between $2 million and $3 million a year, Spears writes.

If law enforcement officials have their way, pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for both allergy and cold medicines and the highly addictive and illegal drug methamphetamine, would only be available by prescription, Jesse Halladay of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. State Rep. Linda Belcher, Democrat from Shepherdsville, has pre-filed a bill that would require pseudoephedrine to be sold only behind the counter of drug stores. Two similar bills died in the General Assembly during the last session. Rep. John Tilley, a Hopkinsville Democrat and the House Judiciary Chairman, discussed that bill and other legislation aimed at drug abuse on Pure Politics last week.

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