Kenny Colston, Kentucky Public Radio

Frankfort Bureau Chief

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Local/Regional News
6:52 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

House Panel Tinkering With Proposed Budget

The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.

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2:39 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Abolishing Death Penalty

FRANKFORT, Ky. - For the first time in Kentucky, a legislative committee is considering a move to abolish the death penalty. The bill received a hearing in a state Senate committee today.

Senate Bill 63 would abolish capital punishment in the commonwealth, a move few other states have accomplished by statute.

The bill has the support of the American Bar Association based on a report the group released last summer detailing numerous problems with Kentucky’s capital punishment system.

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5:20 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Amish Buggie Bill Passes House - Alternative Diploma Bill Awaiting Beshear's Signature

Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.

The House voted today in favor of a bill that requires the Amish to put 200 inches of red tape on their buggies. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-9, despite objections from lawmakers in areas where the bill would matter the most. Among the no votes was Representative Martha Jane King of Logan County. She’s heard concerns that the tape isn’t as easily seen or as safe as the orange triangle that's used currently.

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4:15 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Beshear Far From Giving Up On Expanded Gaming

Governor Steve Beshear says he won’t back down on efforts to bring casino gambling to Kentucky, despite another defeat on the issue last week.

Since his first term as governor in 2007, Beshear has made expanding gambling his main priority. This year, he attempted to pass a constitutional amendment dealing with the issue through the state Senate. The bill fell seven votes short of passage in a vote that critics say should be the end of the issue. But Beshear says the vote gave more resolve to the business leaders and horse racing interests who back the idea.

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4:12 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Lawmakers Discuss Cracking Down On Synthetic Drugs

Kentucky lawmakers are doubling down on efforts to fight synthetic drugs.

Synthetic drugs are chemically-altered substances meant to simulate other drugs. House Bill 481 would drastically increase penalties for crimes related to synthetic drugs. The measure is the General Assembly’s latest attempt to catch up with increasingly-popular methods of getting high.

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12:33 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Morehead President Wayne Andrews Testifies Against UPike Proposal

Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews has told legislators that there's no need to turn the University of Pikeville into a publicly funded school.

Speaking to the House Education Committee on Tuesday, Andrews said the area is already well-served by current universities and colleges. He says adding another public institution would deprive current institutions of scare resources.

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12:52 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules In Redistricting Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the latest maps of state legislative districts are unconstitutional.

Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a circuit court judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can't be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size. Lawyers for the Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the ruling on behalf of House and Senate leadership.

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12:15 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Senate Committee OK's Congressional Redistricting

A new map of Kentucky's congressional districts is on the verge of becoming law.

State House Speaker Greg Stumbo declared congressional redistricting dead earlier this week, since it looked like both chambers could not agree on the new districts. But with the state Senate able to find enough votes to pass a compromise, a new map is in play.

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