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House bill would tax e-cigarettes, currently the only tobacco products not subject to state excise tax

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill’s primary sponsor, said his colleagues are struggling to come up with a state budget amid the worst projected revenue...

Bill that would mandate mental health professionals in Kentucky schools clears committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill “born out of tragedy” that would mandate mental health professionals in Kentucky schools cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee unanimously on Tuesday and advances to the Kentucky House floor. House Bill 604 is sponsored by Rep. Will Coursey, R-Symsonia, whose district includes Marshall County High School, site of a shooting on Jan. 23 that left...

KDE to do all it can to protect students, but Pruitt warns of potential diminishing returns academically

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt told the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee Tuesday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal for mid-year spending cuts and further reductions over the next two years will make it hard to avoid a negative impact in the state’s public school classrooms. Mirroring remarks they made last week to a House K-12 budget...