Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky Lottery Officials are concerned about the impact the new Tennessee Lottery will have on ticket sales in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Lottery President and Chief Executive Arch Gleason estimates Kentucky will lose more than 48 million dollars in sales in the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Gleason also warns that the loss could reach more than 71 million dollars in the following fiscal year.
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.