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Legislation proposed for 2020 legislative session to strengthen penalties for assaulting sports officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation proposed for the 2020 General Assembly by two House members would increase penalties for assaulting a sports official. Rep. Randy Bridges, R-Paducah, and Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, are the sponsors of the measure, which also adds the crime of intimidation of a sports official. Proposed legislation on tougher penalties for attacking sports officials is...

Sen. McConnell aims to sponsor legislation making 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in all states

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in every state – a change that 12 states have recently adopted, but one that failed to pass the Kentucky legislature this year. McConnell said at a Louisville news conference that his move was prompted by the epidemic...

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....

Rep. Mike Denham: Sales tax, wage, drug and protection bills passed along to Senate

Like most of the state, the Kentucky House of Representatives saw its schedule put on ice last week because of the snow and plunging temperatures.   While the damage and outages did not cause the same level of devastation that Kentucky experienced in 2009, there has been one constant between now and then: The tireless work of our road crews, first responders, hospital and utility workers and those...

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...

Rep. Mike Denham: House Bill 1 could enact a local-option sales tax, has bipartisan support

  Frankfort – There may only be 30 working days in this year’s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.   Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution therefore requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to “open...

Commentary: Two pieces of legislation will push Kentucky toward the digital age

By Gary Gerdemann Special to KyForward   Two Kentucky legislators took a major bipartisan step this week in securing a fully connected digital future for our Commonwealth. When adopted into law, their legislation will enact critical reforms to bring Kentucky’s telecommunications laws into the 21st Century.   When this happens, all Kentuckians will benefit.   Their actions are supported...