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Beshear, legislative leaders address Kentucky’s road to recovery during virtual Chamber Day event

By Jacqueline Pitts Kentucky Chamber of Commerce The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce held their signature Chamber Day event virtually last week to keep participants safe and emphasize the great work of Kentucky’s business community in putting the health and safety of Kentuckians above all else throughout the pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear thanked the Chamber for their efforts and said while we have endured...

Lawmakers returning to Frankfort to pass budget, other bills; some possible health-related measures

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As lawmakers head back to Frankfort to pass a budget — and other bills, despite Gov. Andy Beshear’s repeated request that they pass only a budget and anything related to the coronavirus — several big bills related to other aspects of health are pending, including some controversial measures. Beshear, a Democrat, denied the request of the Republican...

Cancer-fighting advocates mark Great American Smokeout, call for action to prevent tobacco addiction

Cancer patients and survivors will mark the American Cancer Society’s 44th annual Great American Smokeout today by calling on the General Assembly to protect the health of Kentucky residents by passing strong tobacco control legislation, including increased funding to go toward tobacco control programs. The effort to combat tobacco addiction comes at a critical moment, as Big Tobacco has now succeeded...

Expanded gaming remains on minds of lawmakers as they look for new state revenue sources

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today   Solving the unfunded liability of Kentucky’s public pension systems can only happen with new revenue sources, according to two lawmakers who are leading a bipartisan effort to legalize expanded gaming in Kentucky. 
Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, sponsored legislation (House Bill 175) during the 2019 General Assembly that would allow sports wagering, online poker and...

Lawmakers already preparing legislation for 2019 General Assembly; take a look at what’s in the hopper

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2019 General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but lawmakers have already prepared more than 30 pieces of legislation for consideration. The topics range from gun safety to sports wagering and from utility rates to tax exemptions. Here is a look at some of them: – Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, has proposed a bill dealing with unlawful storage of a firearm....

Commentary: Prescription drug abuse can be stopped by family, legislators, manufacturers

By Steve Pasierb Special to KyForward   We get the calls every day. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are reaching out to our organization worried that their loved one is abusing prescription medicine.   Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic and is skyrocketing among our nation’s teens. Kids are popping pills at an alarming rate. In fact, prescription medications are now the...