Legislation to toughen Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is moving closer to becoming a reality. The Senate Transportation Committee approved its version of the measure Wednesday. The modification raises the age and height requirement for children riding in vehicles. Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the Senate revision relates to the age restriction. "My bill was, you had to be less than nine and this changes it to less than eight, which matches most of the other states,” said Riggs. “Only Tennessee is higher and Utah is higher."
A Senate bill that would establish a state framework for the 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' initiative passed out of a House committee Tuesday. First term Jackson Representative Cluster Howard is hopeful that economic gains made through the state-federal effort can help reduce drug problems in eastern Kentucky. "You end up with people feeling bad and they end up trying drugs to actually feel better, self-medicate, is what I say and I think with economic development and people having a future will eliminate some of that," said Howard.
The Kentucky legislature is working to keep up with relatively new on-line ride-sharing services. The House Transportation Committee Tuesday approved a Senate measure which impacts the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber.
The bill's supporters say it serves to protect riders and company drivers by guaranteeing adequate insurance coverage. Oldham County Senator Ernie Harris is sponsoring the bill. "It clears the way for them to continue to operate and be regulated and have a level playing field with regard to insurance requirements," said Harris.
Babies born in Kentucky would undergo a new medical screening under legislation approved in both houses of the state legislature. The full House yesterday unanimously approved the measure to begin testing newborns for Krabbe disease.
Additional regulations regarding hydraulic fracking appear headed for legislative approval in Frankfort. Supporters of the measure include members of the oil and gas industry.
A group of farmers, environmental activists, and members of the oil and gas industry have worked together on the bill for months. Andrew McNeil with Kentucky's Oil and Gas Association called it 'consensus legislation.' "They're regulations that we think meet the needs of protecting the environment, but it's not gonna be something that will create an impediment to investment," said McNeil.
The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.
On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.
Kentucky court costs will be going up in the future under a measure approved in a state Senate committee Monday. Proponents say the additional funds would help increase investigations of internet crimes against Kentucky children. The bill calls for an additional $10 fee in both circuit and district courts.
A proposed measure that would give more clarity in police disciplinary matters is moving through the Kentucky General Assembly. With just a few days left in this session, the House bill passed out of a senate committee Monday.
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What's traditionally considered the tail end of the winter season has packed quite a punch for many sections of Kentucky. Lexington residents are weathering a historic snow event.
Mid February brought double digit snowfall to the Bluegrass . Now, less than three weeks later, central Kentucky has been walloped again. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Thursday gave a briefing on the city's response. "We fought off a 17 inch historic snowstorm with good planning and hard work," said Gray.
Snowfall totals varied widely across Kentucky Thursday. In some sections of the Commonwealth, records are expected to be broken. But, other sections find only a few inches on the ground. Jackson National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Sullivan says snow accumulation ranges from one to three inches in far southeastern Kentucky, to 20 plus in the central region.
Minors across Kentucky would not be allowed to use tanning beds under a bill narrowly approved in the House Tuesday. The measure, which has been previously considered, was passed 51 to 47. Western Kentucky Senator David Watkins is the bill's sponsor. "I don't think that there is a great desire for penalties,” said Watkins. “What we strictly want to do is see a decrease in our children using tanning beds at an early age, so that we would see hopefully a decrease in skin cancers."
A legislative proposal aimed at better regulating undocumented drivers in Kentucky has been heard in the House Transportation Committee. The measure will not be voted on this week.
The measure establishes what's called a 'Certificate for Driving' for drivers who have lived in Kentucky for three years, but are not citizens. 20 year old Fredy Encarnacion has his driver's license but his immigrant parents do not. "You don't have fear of driving down to the corner store or to pick up your daughter or your son from school," said Encarnacion.
Kentucky winemakers are asking state lawmakers for approval to use waste products like grapes, stems, and seeds to make fortified wine.
The Kentucky House easily approved the measure Monday and sent it on to the Senate. Kentucky Winery Association Treasurer Eddie O'Daniel says the bill would help wineries and vineyards recover lost money. "Many times the vineyards in Kentucky, because of erratic weather conditions, the grapes are not the highest quality,” said O’Daniel. “Up to now, they've had to just waste the fruit."
A ceremony was held Tuesday at the state Capitol Rotunda in recognition of Kentucky's first place honor in Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup rankings. The Commonwealth was awarded top prize for new and expanded industry activity per capita over the last year. Site Selection Editor Mark Arend says the award is given for projects that were announced in 2014. "So, those projects have yet to be built or the expansions have yet to be completed, but those facilities will all need to be staffed,” he said. “So, that's when the jobs start coming in."
Major telephone companies won’t have to offer basic land line service to residents in the 15 largest markets in the state if Gov. Steve Beshear signs a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.
The so-called AT&T deregulation bill removes a requirement that “carriers of last resort” offer packages with 911 calling, operator service and unlimited local calls to those who ask for it in markets of more than 15,000 people.
An indoor air quality study of an eastern Kentucky county shows significant differences between smoke free workplaces and exempted establishments. Representatives of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and Pike County Health officials onMonday released the results of a survey of 15 businesses. Nurse Carol Riker with the Kentucky Center says levels of fine particle air pollution are much higher in certain Pike County workplaces. "We found that people in the areas that were not covered by a smoke free ordinance were approximately 6.3 times higher than workplaces that were covered b
Sizeable amounts of rainfall are expected this week in southeast Kentucky. That possibility coupled with a continuing snow melt is causing flooding concerns. Pete Geogerian is a meteorologist with the Jackson National Weather Service. "We are looking at generally two to three inches of rain to fall across eastern Kentucky between Tuesday evening through early Thursday morning," said Geogerian.