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Kentucky House approves book challenge bill after multiple attempts to alter it fail

BY: - March 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House rejected pleas of some Republicans to add a ban on  public drag shows and some parental rights provisions to a bill mandating a complaint process for parents to challenge school materials they consider “harmful to minors.” Senate Bill 5, primarily sponsored by Sen. Jason Howell, R-Murray, came onto the House […]

Anti-trans bill paused in Senate as Republicans split

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate narrowly voted to postpone consideration of House Bill 470 — after  adopting a floor amendment that loosened the controversial bill’s health-care restrictions on trans youth. The 19-17 vote came at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday after two breaks for closed-door Republican caucuses.   Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Benton, proposed cutting about 30 pages of […]

Lofton’s Law, criminalizing hazing, clears both chambers of Kentucky legislature

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House on Wednesday voted to make hazing that causes a death or serious injury a felony. Lofton’s Law – named after 18-year-old Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, a University of Kentucky freshman who died from alcohol poisoning at his fraternity house – was approved in the House by a vote of 97-3. The Senate […]

Legislation banning state help for federal firearms ban receives final passage

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would prohibit law enforcement and public funds in Kentucky from going  toward enforcing any “federal ban” on firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories is headed to the governor’s desk after receiving final approval in the GOP-controlled state Senate.  House Bill 153, primarily sponsored by Rep. Josh Bray, R-Mount Vernon, has faced criticism […]

House joins Senate in putting TikTok ban for Kentucky employees into law

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — With time running out for the 2023 General Assembly to pass bills, House members approved a measure to codify an executive and legislative branch ban on using TikTok. The House voted 96-3 on Senate Bill 20 Wednesday. Those who voted no were Democratic Reps. Cherlynn Stevenson, Lisa Willner and Sarah Stalker.  The bill’s […]

‘Gray machines’ ban receives final passage in Kentucky Senate

BY: - March 14, 2023

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would ban so-called “gray machines” in Kentucky received final passage Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Kentucky Senate and heads to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk.  House Bill 594, sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Nicholasville, saw much less resistance among Republicans than when it was approved by the House last week, passing the upper […]

Medical marijuana bill advances for first time in Kentucky Senate as this session wanes

BY: - March 14, 2023

A bill legalizing medical marijuana access for some Kentuckians with chronic illness received a Senate committee’s approval Tuesday as this year’s legislative session enters its final days.  Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Sen. Stephen West, R-Paris, is the latest bill to be filed by the Republican to try to legalize medicinal use of marijuana that […]

House committee OKs 2024 vote on school choice constitutional amendment

BY: - March 14, 2023

FRANKFORT — A House committee voted 8-5 Tuesday to forward a bill that would let Kentucky voters decide in 2024 on a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to provide funding for non-public schools.  Rep. Josh Calloway, R-Irvington, the sponsor of House Bill 174, told the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs […]

House passes tax break for bourbon industry as local governments warn of fiscal ‘devastation’

BY: - March 13, 2023

The Kentucky House of Representatives approved a move Monday to gradually end a property tax on bourbon barrels — a vote that divided both political parties — the ramifications of which some local governments say will lead their communities to fiscal “devastation.” House Bill 5, sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, R-Elkton, would slowly lift the […]

Kentucky House approves sports gambling bill

BY: - March 13, 2023

FRANKFORT — Betting on sports would become legal in Kentucky, under a measure approved Monday by the state House. Although the prospects for House Bill 551 are uncertain in the Senate, it comfortably won bipartisan passage in the House by a 63-34 vote. The bill needed 60 votes, given that Kentucky statutes require bills raising […]

Senate advances bill criminalizing ‘sexually explicit’ drag shows around minors

BY: - March 10, 2023

FRANKFORT — After a floor debate spiked with references to foot fetishes and sadomasochistic bondage attire, the Kentucky Senate on Friday approved a bill aimed at limiting venues for some drag shows. Senate Bill 115 would criminalize “sexually explicit” drag performances by “male or female impersonators” on publicly-owned land or in front of children. It […]

A ‘shell’ bill to regulate Delta-8 THC rushes through Kentucky House

BY: - March 9, 2023

FRANKFORT — After a court decision last year legalized an intoxicating compound derived from hemp, a bill to regulate Delta-8 THC sped through the House of Representatives on Thursday.  Delta-8 THC can get a user “high” similar to the Delta-9 THC compound found in marijuana. Some hemp farmers have been trying to find a market […]