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Ky. Supreme Court affirms decision striking down constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a lower court opinion that invalidated the language of a Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy’s Law, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, introduced Senate Bill 3 on the first day of the 2018 General Assembly, the title of which was, “AN ACT proposing...

No changes in six state House races recanvass, all to be sent for certification; Marsy’s Law awaits hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) –  No changes came from the recanvassing of six state House races and one for commonwealth’s attorney. They will be sent for certification on Nov. 20 by the State Board of Elections. One result stood out — In the Daviess County 13th House District race, Democrat Jim Glenn won by one vote over incumbent Republican DJ Johnson. Many others...

John Schickel: Proposed Marsy’s Law amendment would undermine Kentucky State Constitution

On Election Day (Nov. 6), citizens will vote on whether to amend our Kentucky State Constitution. The proposed amendment is known as Marsy’s Law. The Marsy’s Law campaign originated in California after a woman was tragically killed by her former boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend was released from jail on bond and proceeded to confront her family in a supermarket. In a recent ruling, Franklin County...

Veteran organizations would be exempted from property taxes under proposed legislation

State Rep. Chuck Tackett said Thursday that he is pre-filing a bill that, if passed and ratified, would amend the Kentucky Constitution to include tax exemptions for property owned by posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States. “As I looked into this issue, I was bothered by the fact that this fairly ambiguous language was knocking groups like the American...