Legislative Notes: Beshear the mediator; Human Trafficking passes both chambers; Ky women remembered

03/12/2013 03:52 PM

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear remains optimistic in mediating a compromise on the pension bills even as law makers point fingers at who is to blame for the breakdown in negotiations.

The House wants to name a funding source to fully fund required payments into the retirement system.

Beshear told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the negotiations are going to “take some time” and that he thought they were “making some progress” but that he did not see a resolution for Tuesday.

“I’m sure we’ll continue to work through the veto period, over the next 10-days or so I’m still hopeful in the end we’ll be able to work both those issues out,” Beshear said.

Human Trafficking moves on to the Governor

House Bill 3, Human Trafficking Bill , cleared the Senate last week unanimously with minor changes made to the bill; Tuesday the House concurred with those changes and gave final passage with a 97-0 vote. The bill is designed to protect children from being sold for sex.

The measure will now head to the governor.

Order among the chaos

In between lawmakers’ negotiations over bills on Tuesday three Kentucky women were honored posthumously in the Capitol Rotunda.

Lois Howard Gray, Thelma Stovall, and Mary Eugenia Wharton were inducted into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit. Their portraits will join 65 other watercolor portraits in the west wing of the Capitol.

“Kentucky Women Remembered” which is overseen by the Kentucky Commission on Women began in 1978 and consists of portraits of outstanding women in Kentucky’s history.

Elenaor Jordan, the Executive Director for the Ky Comm. on Women, spoke on all of the inductees highlighting how significant their roles have been to the Commonwealth – including the first female lieutenant governor Thelma Stovall,
who vetoed the General Assembly’s recission of its ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution while then Gov. Julian Carroll was out of the state.

The first female governor of Kentucky Martha Layne Collins appointed Stovall and also attended the ceremony on Tuesday; also in attendance was Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Attny. Gen. Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray who’s mother Lois was honored and several legislators.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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