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Politics
2:23 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Bills on Synthetic and Prescription Drugs Pass House Committee

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state’s fight against drugs. One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
2:58 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Beshear: I'm Not Giving Up on Expanded Gambling

Governor Steve Beshear says he won’t back down on efforts to bring casino gambling to Kentucky, despite another defeat on the issue last week. Since his first term as governor in 2007, Beshear has made expanding gambling his main priority.

This year, he attempted to pass a constitutional amendment dealing with the issue through the state Senate. The bill fell seven votes short of passage in a vote that critics say should be the end of the issue. But Beshear says the vote gave more resolve to the business leaders and horse racing interests who back the idea.

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Expanded Gambling
2:57 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Beshear: I'm Not Backing Down on Expanded Gambling

Governor Steve Beshear says he won’t back down on efforts to bring casino gambling to Kentucky, despite another defeat on the issue last week. Since his first term as governor in 2007, Beshear has made expanding gambling a top priority. 

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon February 27, 2012

New Budget, Other Major Issues Still Loom for Kentucky Lawmakers

Although two major issues have been nearly resolved, Kentucky lawmakers still have a full agenda this session. Redistricting and expanded gambling dominated the first half of the session.

The gambling bill was defeated last week and redistricting was settled by the Kentucky Supreme Court. But that doesn’t mean the legislative work is over. Lawmakers still have a two-year budget to pass. Senate President David Williams says that's just one of several pressing issues.

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Politics
1:54 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

High Court Throws Out Kentucky Legislative Maps

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the latest maps of state legislative districts are unconstitutional. Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a circuit court judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can’t be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size. Lawyers for the Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the ruling on behalf of House and Senate leadership.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kentucky High Court Hears Redistricting Arguments

The fight over redistricting has moved to the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can't be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size.

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Politics
7:44 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Two Major Bills Die in Frankfort

Kentucky State Seal

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate. The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House, largely due to fractures in the Democratic caucus.

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Politics
8:05 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Future of Pseudoephedrine Bill Unclear After Measure is Pulled

A Senate bill that would have made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only has surprisingly been killed by its sponsor. State Senator Robert Stivers withdrew Senate Bill 50 Thursday, to the objection of several of his colleagues.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
4:08 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Kentucky Senate Rejects Expanded Gambling Bill

Governor Steve Beshear’s expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate. The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos in the state. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House. The shortfall was due largely to fractures in the Democratic caucus. The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican Senator Damon Thayer, says he’s finished with the issue after nine years of working on it.

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Politics
11:21 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case Friday

The Kentucky Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has announced that it will hear oral arguments in the legislative re-districting case in the state Friday morning, February 24th,  starting at ten a.m., Eastern time. Oral aruments will be presented about the constitutionality of the General Assembly's redrawing of state legislative districts.

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