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This Week at the Capitol: Lawmakers address legislation concerning the wellbeing of children

Proposals concerning the wellbeing of children are often high-priority items in the General Assembly. Hundreds of measures aimed at improving the lives of young Kentuckians have come before lawmakers in recent years, including last year’s sweeping school safety legislation designed to make sure children are safe while learning. This year alone, more than 50 bills – roughly 11 percent of all bills...

Senate passes bill requiring Kentucky cities to cooperate with federal immigration officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation requiring state and local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration officials passed the Kentucky Senate on Tuesday. The measure, known as the Federal Immigration Cooperation Act, would ban the creation of sanctuary cities in Kentucky and forbid local governments from enacting ordinances that would allow them to refuse to cooperate with federal agencies. It...

Banning sanctuary cities in Ky. remains a hot topic in Frankfort as supporters, opponents speak out

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Supporters of a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Kentucky, sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, came out to defend the legislation against recent complaints on Thursday. The opponents of the bill were vocal, too, among them the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which calls the bill “dangerous and could have sweeping consequences for all Kentuckians if passed.” According...

Bill Straub: Sanctuary Cities — now, is this really the No. 1 problem facing a state like Kentucky?

It’s no secret that Kentucky, sadly, has been a bottom feeder among the states for so long that it swims almost undistinguished from the carp and the flounder. Consider just a few items. The Commonwealth ranks 46th in per capita income, 46th in residents with a high school diploma or higher (48th with a bachelor’s degree for those keeping score at home), 43rd in child poverty, 48th in a measure...

Sen. President Robert Stivers says most in state support bills on sanctuary cities, voter IDs

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate President Robert Stivers has responded to criticism of two bills that are considered top priorities in his chamber. Senate Bill 1 would ban so-called “Sanctuary Cities”, by prohibiting local governments and other agencies from adopting procedures that would hinder federal immigration laws; while Senate Bill two would require photo IDs to vote, which some say would...