Perry Clark http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Senate Approves Measure Creating Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Projects http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-approves-measure-creating-public-private-partnerships-infrastructure-projects <p>A bill that would permit private corporations to partner with government to finance infrastructure projects is one step closer to becoming law.<br /><br />Filed by Rep. Leslie Combs, House Bill 407 passed the Senate by a 27-9 vote, and would allow local governments to partner with businesses to fund infrastructure projects.<br /><br />Dissenting members worried that the legislation would afford private companies too much influence on public projects, and expressed concern over accountability of the process.</p><p>Sen. Perry Clark cited a Brookings Institute study that says public private partnerships, or “P3’s,” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.<br /><br />“They have over a two-thirds failure rate," the Louisville Democrat said. "Of the construction roads, they looked at 11 of them that were completed, seven of those ended in bankruptcy, and several of them ended in foreclosure. Oftentimes it was at great cost to the taxpayers that had to foot the difference.” Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:12:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 45779 at http://wkyufm.org Clark: Proposed Law Aimed at Heroin Won't Work http://wkyufm.org/post/clark-proposed-law-aimed-heroin-wont-work <p></p><p>A Kentucky lawmaker is taking issue with proposed legislation aimed at tackling the state’s growing heroin problem.</p><p>Legislation from Republican Sen. Katie Stine would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and punish dealers by reclassifying overdose deaths as criminal homicide when there is sufficient evidence.</p><p>Although Stine says her legislation would also attempt to shore up drug treatment efforts, Sen. Perry Clark, a Democrat from Louisville, says it's another misstep in the failed War on Drugs.</p><p>“I’ve voted against it in the past, I’ll probably vote against it in the future. She’s using the same old law enforcement, criminal technique against drugs that don’t work.”</p><p>Clark says he does support the idea of a “Good Samaritan” law, in which individuals who bring an overdose victim to the attention of emergency services may be granted immunity. Stine has said her measure would include such a provision.</p><p>A report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says that heroin deaths in Kentucky have risen 550 percent between 2011 and 2012. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:45:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40776 at http://wkyufm.org Clark: Proposed Law Aimed at Heroin Won't Work Kentucky Lawmaker Thinks 2013 is the Year Medical Marijuana Will Pass Legislature http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-thinks-2013-year-medical-marijuana-will-pass-legislature <p>A Kentucky Senator is unveiling legislation Thursday that would make medical marijuana legal in the Bluegrass State. Louisville Democrat Perry Clark&#39;s bill would make marijuana a schedule two drug, meaning it would be recognized as having legitimate medical purposes, while still being somewhat restricted. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Kevin Willis 15097 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmaker Thinks 2013 is the Year Medical Marijuana Will Pass Legislature