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John Schaaf: Court of Appeals refusal to rehear Schickel case sends strong pro-ethics message

Kentucky’s Legislative Ethics Commission (KLEC) recently scored several more important wins in the federal court case filed against the members of KLEC by Sen. John Schickel, whose lawsuit claims he has a constitutional right to accept meals, beverages, and campaign contributions from legislative lobbyists. First, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied Schickel’s request that his...

Fifteen states join Bevin administration in seeking to uphold Kentucky’s ultrasound informed-consent law

Fifteen states have filed an amicus brief in support of the Bevin Administration’s defense of a Kentucky law ensuring that women considering an abortion are shown ultrasound images of the unborn child and can listen to the unborn child’s heartbeat. The Kentucky General Assembly passed the informed-consent law by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin during the 2017 legislative session. The amicus...