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Capitol Notes: Senate OKs electronic warrant bill; panel passes dog owner definition bill

Electronic warrant bill heads to House: The Senate unanimously approved a measure today that would allow search warrants to be completed electronically.

Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Committee Chair Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would expand the state’s electronic arrest warrant program to include search warrants. The bill would require a person being served any search warrant to be provided a paper copy.

According to Westerfield, the electronic process is “identical” to the traditional process.

“In addition to preserving the constitutional safeguards, it also makes government more efficient,” he said.

SB 45 now goes to the House for consideration.

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Dog owner definition bill clears Senate panel: The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill today that would amend the state’s legal definition of a dog owner.

According to Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, who sponsored Senate Bill 78, the bill would prohibit rental property owners from being held liable for attacks by dogs owned by their tenants. The current definition of a dog owner includes landlords that allow the pets on their properties, he said.

“This is a common sense personal responsibility issue. Individuals should be responsible for their own pets. A landlord or property owner should not be held liable for another person’s dog,” Girdler said.

SB 78 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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School insulin bill clears House, 91-0: The Kentucky House voted 91-0 today to make Kentucky one of over 30 states that allows non-licensed school employees to be trained to administer insulin to students.

House Bill 98, sponsored by Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, would allow school personnel trained per guidelines developed by the American Diabetes Association to administer insulin to students or help students self-administer insulin.

Currently, only medically licensed school employees such as school nurses may administer insulin to students in schools under Kentucky law.

“It provides a mechanism to where children can receive their insulin in a school setting — especially their neighborhood school setting — from trained school personnel that are able to give insulin,” said Damron.

Parents or guardians would be required to give written permission and provide written authorization by the student’s health care provider before insulin could be administered by staff or self-administered by a student at school, according to HB 98.

The bill would also clarify that diabetes or a seizure disorder shall not keep a student from attending one school over another.

Similar legislation, Senate Bill 30, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, has been filed in the Senate for consideration. HB 98 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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From Legislative Research Commission

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