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Medical marijuana legislation close to committee vote?

03/14/2018 08:46 PM

FRANKFORT – The medical marijuana bill may be close to a committee hearing, one Republican says. House Bill 166, sponsored by Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, was heard in committee last week but no vote was taken.Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, filed a committee sub to the bill in an effort to get the votes needed to pass. “I needed to focus on two things, one is to make sure it didn’t lead into recreational usage because the majority does not want to... Read more 

Kentucky students storm Frankfort on National Walkout Day

03/14/2018 03:56 PM

FRANKFORT- While students throughout the country and the commonwealth walked out of classes for National Walkout Day, around 200 students in Kentucky took their message of gun reform directly to state lawmakers, holding a rally on the steps of the state Capitol building. Of the hundreds of students participating, dozens of students from Marshall County High School, who experienced their own school shooting January 23. The students from Marshall County High School spoke of how their school has healed since... Read more 

Governor Bevin says protesting teachers are "throwing a temper tantrum"

03/14/2018 02:51 PM

Governor Bevin didn’t hold anything back while speaking about teachers protesting Senate Bill 1. Bevin was on Campbellsville radio station WVLC Wednesday afternoon, where he said teachers protesting the controversial pension reform was “bizarre,” and compared their protests to protesting food rations during World War II. “It would be like people having mass demonstrations about, ‘no I want my butter, I want my sugar, I’m going to keep all my steel and my rubber and my copper, and to heck... Read more 

Grimes: Voters will remember lawmakers who ignore medical marijuana issue

03/14/2018 01:46 PM

FRANKFORT — As the House Judiciary Committee stalled on hearing a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana for certain qualifying conditions, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes warns lawmakers to ignore the issue at their own peril. Grimes, D-Kentucky, placed the blame at the feet of House Judiciary chair Joe Fischer, R-Campbell, in a tweet sent Wednesday afternoon. Grimes said while the bill stalled thanks to Fischer’s non-action in committee. The Secretary of State sees the most progress a... Read more 

House could amend bill aimed at pregnant inmates with criminal justice reform bill, lawmaker says

03/14/2018 01:12 PM

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are discussing amending a bill aimed at improving conditions for pregnant inmates, and keeping that language, but adding a framework designed to promote better criminal justice outcomes — and save money. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, who is the primary co-sponsor of the criminal justice reform bill — House Bill 396 said there is talk among House members to amend Senate Bill 133, which has already cleared the full Senate, in an... Read more 

Attorney General Sessions in Lexington Thursday

03/13/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions will travel to Lexington Thursday to meet with families of overdose victims and deliver remarks on the opioid epidemic. Sessions will hold a roundtable with families of victims, before delivering a speech at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Session was in Louisville on January 30 delivering similar remarks . Kentucky is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. With more than 1,400 people dying of overdoses in... Read more 

House bill which would increase penalties for gang recruitment passed by House A & R committee

03/13/2018 03:30 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would impose harsher penalties for adults who recruit individuals, including kids, for gangs has been passed by a House committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would change Kentucky law by making it a felony to recruit gang members was passed by the House Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue on Tuesday by a 16-3 vote. Benvenuti told committee members that gang violence is something that is affecting most of the state. “The continued growth... Read more 


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