Everyone knows Kentucky's biennial budget must come out of the state House first, but that doesn't mean the Senate isn't doing any work on a spending plan.
First District State Senator Stan Humphries of Trigg County serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and says they are spending significant time looking at Governor Steve Beshear's proposed budget and considering a lot of “what if's.”
Senator Humphries says he expects the House to have a budget sent to the Senate within the next two weeks.
You can hear Senator Humphries and other local lawmakers comment on the budget and a number of other issues on our weekly Legislative Update program Sunday morning at 9 o'clock on Lite 98.7 and online at lite987whop.com.
A state representative from Boyd County is introducing a bill that would do away with Daylight Saving Time.
Representative Kevin Sinette of Ashland says it was originally thought that the time change would conserve energy, but research shows it actually costs people more. To become law, the House and Senate must pass the measure and Governor Beshear would have to sign off on it.
Kentucky State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of using a stolen credit card to make purchases at two Paducah grocery stores.
In January, State Police were contacted by a Marshall County woman, who said her credit card had been used at both Kroger locations in Paducah.
Troopers were able to obtain still images of the suspect using the card at each store.
Anyone with information as to the identity of this person, may contact Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721.
Governor Steve Beshear today announced U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC plans to build a new facility and expand its current plant in Hopkinsville, which will create 42 new jobs in the community.
Governor Beshear says the $118 million investment will make a significant economic impact on the state and bring more jobs to the region.
Jeff Caldwell, the Community Manager for Altria, the Parent Company of U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, says officials are thrilled to be able to expand their operations in Hopkinsville, a community that has provided a dedicated workforce over the years.
The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee has approved a proposed bill that would allow people suffering from serious health conditions to use medical marijuana.
The proposed bill passed following a 9 to 5 vote and public hearing Thursday.
The Cannabis Compassion Act, or House Bill 350, was introduced by State Representative Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville and was co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Tom Burch of Louisville.
Under the proposed bill, licensed patients and caregivers would be able to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana, and it would establish regulations to operate a limited number of medical marijuana compassion centers and testing facilities.
This is the first time an effective medical marijuana bill has passed a committee in the Kentucky Legislature, a similar bill, Senate Bill 43, was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Senator Perry Clark of Louisville.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have already adopted laws that permits people with certain debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it and at least 15 other states are expected to consider medical marijuana bills this year.