Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, presents an anti-methamphetamine bill in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
(Frankfort, KY) -- A pair of bills aimed at curbing drugs in Kentucky are gaining steam in the state legislature.
Senators approved a bill which would transfer oversight of the prescription drug monitoring system to the attorney general.
Meanwhile, the House approved a measure which would put more limits on cold medicine. The ingredients can be used to produce meth. Both bills will likely go to committee to mediate differences between the state houses.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the state of the city is strong.
Speaking at the State of the Community Vision Plan Breakfast at the Bruce Center, Mayor Kemp said Hopkinsville is headed in the right direction.
While the country struggles through an ongoing recession, Mayor Kemp says 928 jobs were created in Hopkinsville in the last 12 months.
Going back farther than recent history, the mayor said the number of businesses in the city has grown by a fifth since the beginning of the century.
Christian County Cares Chairman David Ptaszek also addressed the crowd and asked them to support the vision plan with both their time and money, saying good things are happening in Hopkinsville and Christian County thanks to the efforts of many.
The federal grant money obtained by Kentucky to repair the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge was originally intended for such a purpose.
Congressman Ed Whitfield Field Representative Michael Pape says Governor Steve Beshear and the Congressman spoke in the hours following the partial collapse of the bridge about the possibility of receiving an emergency grant set aside for when major infrastructure becomes unusable.
A collision with the Delta Mariner cargo vessel caused a span of the bridge to be taken out and Pape says the Congressman was thankful Kentucky could receive federal dollars to pay for the very crucial project.
Those who have to travel from Marshall to Trigg Counties and vice versa have had significantly longer commutes and higher gas bills since the collapse, though an emergency 9 million dollar repair will hopefully have it back open by Memorial Day weekend.
A check-up by Probation and Parole officers Tuesday morning led to the arrest of a Hopkinsville man on drug trafficking charges for the second time in recent history.
The arrest card for 38-year old Terry Wayne Coleman says probation and parole checked on him at 2109 Chestnut St. just before noon Tuesday.
Officers allegedly found a baggie of marijuana in his coat pocket and a search of the residence by Hopkinsville Police turned up three more bags of the illegal weed. Police say the marijuana was packaged in a way consistent with how it’s normally sold.
The report says rolling papers were also found in the home. Coleman was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana—the second time he’s been charged with the crime in the last six years.
Both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly will likely vote on its compromised budget Friday morning, described by everyone as a “bare-bone” spending plan.
The Conference Committee worked out their disagreements just before 3am this morning, meaning the General Assembly will almost certainly not need a special session to pass a budget as it did two years ago.
State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says the Amy Dye murder case likely played a role in legislators including funds for hiring new social workers in the austere budget.
Representative Dossett says funds for Rupp Arena were also included in the compromise, just days before the so-called “game of the century” between Kentucky and Louisville.
The House and Senate will almost certainly have the budget passed by end of business Friday, meaning they will have accomplished the one duty they are constitutionally required to finish.