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Republican representative Jason Nemes proposes legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Republican lawmaker from Louisville is proposing legislation for the 2020 General Assembly that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. Rep. Jason Nemes, whose district includes parts of eastern Jefferson County and Oldham County, introduced similar legislation during the 2019 session, which had 53 bipartisan co-sponsors. It won near-unanimous passage in the Judiciary...

Kentucky House Democrats propose ethics and election bills in advance of 2020 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three House Democrats announced they are proposing Executive Branch ethics and election-oriented bills, for consideration by the 2020 General Assembly. Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, D- Frankfort, says all three bills share a common goal, “To increase accountability and transparency to the Constitutional state offices. As former U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Kentucky...

Legislation proposed for 2020 legislative session to strengthen penalties for assaulting sports officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation proposed for the 2020 General Assembly by two House members would increase penalties for assaulting a sports official. Rep. Randy Bridges, R-Paducah, and Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, are the sponsors of the measure, which also adds the crime of intimidation of a sports official. Proposed legislation on tougher penalties for attacking sports officials is...

Kentucky lawmakers writing of draft of ‘red flag’ legislation in advance of 2020 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bipartisan group of Kentucky state senators is working on so-called red flag legislation that they hope to introduce during the 2020 session of the General Assembly. The proposal would allow people such as police, family members and mental health professionals to seek the protection order from a judge, which would keep the individual from access to weapons, and determine...