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Kentucky Chamber recognizes 11 legislators as MVPs of 2020 General Assembly for strong leadership

The 2020 General Assembly saw progress on many issues important to the business community. The Kentucky Chamber announced the recognition of 11 legislators who displayed conspicuous actions that helped ensure this success. Recipients of the 2020 Kentucky Chamber MVP Award showed strong leadership for the business community by sponsoring or carrying Kentucky Chamber priority legislation, showing leadership...

Bill affecting state’s growing industrial hemp industry is first to pass Kentucky House Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation affecting Kentucky’s burgeoning hemp industry is the first to clear the Kentucky House during the 2020 General Assembly. 
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Matthew Koch, R-Paris, told his colleagues it has the endorsement of The Kentucky Hemp Association and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. 
“This bill incorporates language and recent guidelines issued...

Kentucky Business-Education Roundtable sets 2020 priorities; includes four central goals

The Kentucky Business-Education Roundtable will push for key initiatives to support education and workforce development during the 2020 General Assembly, according to Kentucky Chamber of Commerce CEO Ashli Watts. The Roundtable, convened by the Chamber, is a group of public- and private-sector leaders working collaboratively on a long-term plan to fuel improvements in the state’s education attainment...

Eastern Ky. representative Cluster Howard proposes legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky lawmaker is proposing legislation for the 2020 session that would legalize recreational marijuana, with much of the revenue to help the state’s ailing public pension systems. 
Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, says his bill would govern home use and commercial sales, while dedicating a sizable portion of tax and license revenues to the state retirement...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce releases legislative agenda detailing priorities for 2020 General Assembly

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday released its 2020 Legislative Agenda detailing the legislative priorities of the business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. (Click to view full report) The Chamber’s legislative agenda is developed by several policy councils comprised of member businesses with final approval given by the organization’s Board of Directors....

Proposed bill would expand list of those eligible for absentee ballots to those who work at the polls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed for consideration during the 2020 General Assembly would expand the list of those allowed to cast absentee ballots to include those employed as what is termed “essential services personnel.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who is a physician, would cover anyone who is scheduled to work at any time the polls are open on...

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...