James Comer

While Governor Steve Beshear is focused on the 2014 open enrollment for Kynect, Republicans have their eye on 2017.

State to Shutter Costly Fuel Testing Lab

Apr 4, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Describing it as a waste of taxpayer dollars, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he will shutter a $3 million gasoline quality testing lab that was opened under his predecessor Richie Farmer.
 
 Comer said Wednesday that the lab "hemorrhaged'' tax dollars while failing to handle the 500 random tests of gas station fuel Kentucky conducts each year. The closure will eventually save taxpayers about $600,000 a year, Comer said. The state is already contracting with a private company in Texas to conduct the
tests.

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature

Mar 27, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State lawmakers have approved a bill to allow a regulatory framework to be set up for industrial hemp in Kentucky, if the crop is legalized at the federal level.

Senate Bill 50 will give control of licensing of future hemp farmers to the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, while allowing Kentucky State Police to do background checks on the farmers.

The Department of Agriculture will oversee many administrative roles involved in industrial hemp.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says a bill to allow the growth of industrial hemp will soon be filed in the Kentucky General Assembly.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A state commission created by the Kentucky General Assembly held its first meeting in Frankfort  Wednesday after years of inactivity.

Paul, Comer Push For Industrial Hemp In Ky.

Aug 23, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer pushed Thursday for industrial hemp production in Kentucky, announcing the reformation of a long idle commission that will press to lift federal restrictions on the plant that once was a major cash crop.