Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky House has approved legislation which would make it a felony to tip off a nursing home about a pending state inspection. Representative Kathy Stein of Lexington is the sponsor of the bill, which passed the House by a 94 to 0 margin.
Frankfort, KY – A bill to create a lottery scratch-off game to raise money for veterans' programs has stalled in a House Committee. The proposal was backed by General Les Beavers, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has passed a bill to spell out how crimes against the elderly and other "vulnerable adults" are to be handled.
The bill outlines the steps to be taken from the time a complaint is filed with the Cabinet for Families and Children until it is resolved. Proponents say that would impose accountability on everyone involved in investigating cases of elder abuse, neglect defrauding, and other crimes.
Bowling Green, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling says too many people underestimate the cost of compulsive gambling. Mike Stone cites a University of Illinois study which estimates a cost of thirteen thousand dollars per year, per compulsive gambler.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher's Administration wants better drug treatment---- instead of prison sentences--- for offenders. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence says the state plans to cut the number of non-violent offenders in prison, and could delay the opening of a one thousand bed prison which is under construction in Elliot County.
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.