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Most new laws approved during legislative session go into effect July 14; here are some of them

Legislative Research Commission Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session will go into effect on Saturday, July 14. That means drivers will soon be required to leave at least three feet of space between their vehicles and cyclists they pass. Children under the age of 17 will not be allowed to get married. And penalties will get tougher for those who post sexually...

A look at some of the new laws passed during the Kentucky General Assembly 2018 regular session

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended Saturday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state. Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in mid-July. A...

This week in Frankfort: Pension bill delayed as it’s sent back to committee; other bills in the works

Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.   They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.   On Wednesday, the latest version of proposed pension was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a  7-4...

Legislative Briefs: Senate approves measure to cut Planned Parenthood; bike safety law advances

The state Senate has passed legislation intended to curb the flow of non-Medicaid, state-administered tax dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics in Kentucky. Dubbed the “Defunding Planned Parenthood Legislation,” Senate Bill 7 passed by a 33-5 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. SB 7 would establish a three-tiered system for the state to fund family planning...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Cycling growing in popularity but comes with plenty of risks

The Horsey Hundred draws bicyclists far and wide. The event is sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club. (Photo courtesy of the Horsey Hundred)   Recently, as my wife and I were out riding on my motorcycle, enjoying the beauty of the back roads of the Horse Capital of World here in Central Kentucky, we passed hundreds of bicyclists out doing the same thing.   As a safety professional, I know...