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Senators introduce hate crime legislation to honor victims of the 2018 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting

Senators Morgan McGarvey, Gerald Neal and Julie Raque Adams held a press conference Friday to introduce hate crime legislation and also honor Vickie Jones and Maurice Stallard, victims of the 2018 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting. Morgan McGarvey On Oct. 24, 2018, a white gunman opened fire at a Kroger in Jeffersontown, fatally gunning down Jones and Stallard. The racially motivated attack raised questions...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

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....

If statewide smoking ban bill is, indeed, dead, who killed it? Common answer: ‘leadership’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   The Kentucky House of Representatives, for the first time, passed a statewide smoking ban to prohibit smoking in workplaces and indoor places on Feb. 13. The bill moved to the Senate for consideration. On the same day, a state senator proposed a nearly identical bill. And on Feb. 19, both bills were assigned to a committee that was never going to give...

Capitol Notes: Distributorship bill passes, ending ‘beer wars’ in General Assembly

The state Senate has passed legislation banning breweries from owning beer distribution networks – a move expected to force Anheuser-Busch to sell its two Kentucky distributorships.   The legislation, known as House Bill 168, passed with a 23-13 vote – ending what has been dubbed the “beer wars” in the General Assembly. HB 168 would affirm that the state’s three-tier system of regulating...

Hope is high for House passage of statewide smoking ban, but Senate remains doubtful

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   FRANKFORT — A bill to ban smoking in public places and places of employment is headed to the House floor yet again, and its sponsor says it will finally get a vote. But its chances in the Senate remain doubtful.   “I feel very confident that we will get a floor vote,” Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, five-year sponsor of the legislation,...