Frankfort, KY – A bill passed today by the Kentucky House would create a felony offense for a form of credit-card theft. The bill would punish people who "skim" credit cards. The practice consists of installing an electronic device between a credit card reader and a telephone wall jack to obtain credit card information.
Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives has filed his formal papers to run for another term in the General Assembly. Richards, who is a Democrat from Warren County, is the longest serving Speaker of the House in Kentucky history.
Richards has been in the Kentucky House since 1976. The Speaker says he will continue to stress education issues and to work for senior citizens in nursing homes. He also pledged today to fight for lower taxes.
Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals with medical malpractice cases has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.
If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified by the state's voters, the measure would allow lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases. The proposal is sponsored by Senate President David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is defending his decision to take money from schools and universities to shore up the state budget. The Republican who left Congress to become Kentucky's Governor says education was spared until the last possible minute.
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell says some programs at the university will have to be eliminated to meet significant budget cuts ordered by the Fletcher Administration. Speaking with members of the university's governing board today, Ransdell indicated that no decisions have been made at this point about what to eliminate. He stressed that one of his priorities will be to preserve funding for programs which excell at the institution.