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Thu November 12, 2009
Pre-filed Bills Represent A Mixed Bag For Next Session
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – So far, 114 bills have been pre-filed for the 2010 session, which begins January 5th. Senators have filed 18 bills, including legislation by Sen. Joey Pendleton to legalize the growing of hemp.
Sen. John Schickel will again try to limit media access to 911 calls. And Sen. Damon Thayer wants to amend the constitution to allow casino gambling in counties with horse tracks.
House members have pre-filed at least 96 bills. Speaker Greg Stumbo wants to use electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases. Rep. Tom Burch wants to do away with the death penalty.
A couple of House members want to prohibit texting while driving and Rep. Darryl Owens wants to take the dueling clause out of the state constitution.
Rep. Jimmy Higdon wants to limit all legislative sessions to 30 days. The 2010 session, which is a budget session, will last 60 days.