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Pew Trusts: Real ID causing real problems as states cope with changing rules and late rollouts

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts In half a dozen states, including the most populous state of California, the Real ID rollout is a real mess. Technical glitches, delays and miscommunication are roiling the Real ID implementation in those states, calling into question whether residents will have the secure driver’s license needed to travel by air or enter government restricted areas after...

Jason Crosby: Don’t make God a schoolhouse bully — look deeper at meaning of religious liberty

Be cautious of those who insist on posting the phrase “In God We Trust” in schools or demand that everyone says “Merry Christmas” in December. Take note that most of the time the figures we hear advocating for such measures are politicians seeking to gain and maintain power. A lot of people say a lot about which the Bible says very little (or nothing); while saying little about which the Bible...

Federal judge sets trial date for state’s ban on most common type of second-trimester abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federal judge has ruled that a new law banning a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, or D&E, after roughly 11 weeks will not be enforced in Kentucky until after a trial is held in November. Judge McKinley The order from Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley set the trial for Nov. 13 after vacating the preliminary injunction hearing that had...

Bevin administration opposes motion for preliminary injunction on bill banning abortion procedure

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Bevin administration attorneys have filed a brief on behalf of acting Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Scott Brinkman, opposing a motion for a preliminary injunction in federal court filed by the ACLU and Louisville abortion clinic EMW Women’s Surgical Center that would delay the enforcement of House Bill 454, which bans one form of abortion in Kentucky. Gov....

KyCIR: Legislature to get a bill that would tightened laws around child marriage in Kentucky

By Eleanor Klibanoff Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky’s laws around child marriage would be tightened significantly under a new bill proposed by state Senator Julie Raque Adams, a Republican from Louisville. Under the bill, Kentucky minors would have to wait until they turn 18 to get married, except under certain circumstances when 17-year-olds could petition a judge for permission....

Federal judge issues ruling striking down Kentucky abortion law requiring ultrasound

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient’s ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the law by the...

Bevin signs all seven bills passed during first week of 2017 Legislative session; all effective immediately

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law seven historic bills sent to his desk by the Kentucky General Assembly, following a record-setting first week of work in Frankfort. The legislation includes transformative measures protecting the lives of unborn children, positioning the Commonwealth for economic growth, strengthening the University of Louisville’s governing structure and establishing a new era...