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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 […]

Kentucky Education Association cries foul as legislature blocks payroll deductions for its dues

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT – A bill that would stop automatic payroll deductions for dues of certain public employees who are part of a union or association has been passed by both the House and Senate Representatives voted 66-33 on Senate Bill 7 Wednesday evening. The bill seeks to stop government resources going to political funds. The Kentucky […]

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 […]

U.S. Senate leader calls for safety audit into all major railroads after Ohio derailment

BY: - March 15, 2023

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Wednesday for the federal authority responsible for determining the causes of transportation casualties to investigate the safety culture at all major North American freight railroads. Following the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern derailment that caused a toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, Schumer, a New York Democrat, said […]

Postpartum depression bill has now cleared both Kentucky chambers

BY: - March 15, 2023

This story mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. FRANKFORT — A bill aimed at providing education and resources for new parents who may face postpartum depression has now cleared both Kentucky chambers.  Senate Bill 135, sponsored by Sen. Shelley […]

The nation’s biggest electric capacity market needs fixing, critics say

BY: - March 15, 2023

The nation’s largest grid operator is warning that it might not have enough electric generation in the future to guarantee reliability.  And it comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission convenes a forum on the multibillion-dollar capacity market PJM operates to ensure there’s enough power to meet demand even during grid emergencies, such as during […]

Anti-hazing Lofton’s Law passes House Judiciary Committee

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — An anti-hazing bill is one step closer to becoming law in Kentucky after a 15-1 vote by the House Judiciary Committee.  Known as Lofton’s Law, Senate Bill 9, was introduced after the death of 18-year-old Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, a University of Kentucky freshman who was found unconscious in Farmhouse Fraternity after drinking approximately […]

Advanced practice nurses in Kentucky will have more prescribing authority under new law

BY: - March 15, 2023

For years, Beth Partin has practiced medicine in rural Kentucky through a collaborative agreement with a physician.  Because her husband is a physician, Partin – who has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree – said she hasn’t had an issue getting a provider to sign an agreement with her in compliance with a state law […]

Bill subjecting Kentucky education commissioner to Senate confirmation has cleared both chambers

BY: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — A bill that the head of the Kentucky Board of Education said would reverse decades of progress on education passed the House Tuesday.  Representatives voted 80-20 in favor of  Senate Bill 107, a measure that would make the Kentucky education commissioner subject to confirmation by the Senate. Earlier this session, the Senate approved […]

Republican senator proposes rewrite of anti-trans legislation, other floor amendments filed

BY: - March 14, 2023

FRANKFORT — A Republican senator proposed striking much of anti-trans House Bill 470 after Senate Republicans caucused behind closed doors for three hours Tuesday. A floor amendment filed around 8 p.m. Tuesday narrows the prohibitions in HB 470 and would give parents more leeway than the original bill to make health care decisions for their […]

‘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 […]