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Government

  • Legislative redistricting deemed unconstitutional

    State legislators need the redo their plans for new legislative district boundaries, according to a temporary injunction issued Feb. 7 in Franklin Circuit Court.
    "Until the General Assembly passes redistricting legislation that complies with all applicable constitutional requirements to revise the districts ... the elections for the House and Senate shall be conducted with the legislative district boundaries in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1," Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd wrote.

  • Fiscal Court approves $4,000 for animal shelter

    To say the Marion County Animal Shelter has been overwhelmed in recent months would be an understatement. With this in mind, citizen June Sooter appealed to the Marion County Fiscal Court to assist the shelter and its employees.

    "They're overburdened and they need help. And you all need to put the money into that shelter," Sooter said during the Feb. 2 fiscal court meeting.

  • Candidates have filed for the Primary Election

    The deadline for candidates to file for most primary races in Kentucky was Jan. 31, although the deadline for state legislative races and Congressional races was postponed until 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. (This is updated from the print edition. The deadline was extended again after press time.)

  • Fiscal Court meets Thursday, Feb. 2

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    The agenda for the meeting includes:
    Minutes of the Jan. 19 meeting
    A budget transfer to the Marion County Detention Center
    Annual report from the Marion County Economic Development Office
    Allocation for youth recreational activities, youth soccer request
    Consider reward for information, arrest and conviction on animal abandonment issue
    Delegation: Animal shelter fundraiser, match request

  • House Republicans challenge redistricting plan

    Gov. Steve Beshear may have signed legislation creating new legislative districts for the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, but that issue may not be settled just yet.

    On Jan. 26, five Republican state representatives filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to have the House redistricting plan declared invalid. The Republicans argue that the plan in House Bill 1 violates the state and federal Constitutions.

  • Busy day for local state senator

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, had a full schedule Thursday, Jan. 26.

    In the morning, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Senate Bill 42, which is aimed at creating regulations for pain management clinics. The purpose of the bill is to make it difficult to operate "pill mills", which prescribe large amounts of narcotic medications.

  • School bus ad bill passes House

    State Rep. Terry Mills introduced a bill each of the past two years that would allow local school districts to sell advertising on the exterior of their school buses. Last week, House Bill 30 was passed in the Kentucky House of Representatives, 67-29.

    Mills said he knows budget cuts and the economy have impacted local school district budgets in recent years.

    "I'm purely driven by generating revenue for school districts," he said.

  • Dog dilemma

    The Marion County Animal Shelter continues to deal with overcrowded conditions, largely due to dogs being dumped near the Marion-Taylor County line in recent months.

    "We're up to almost 40 dogs that we've picked up in the past six and a half weeks," animal control official Kay Turpin told the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday. She later added, "We are overwhelmed with Taylor County animals."

  • Changes approved to state legislative districts

    Marion Countians won't see a change in their representation in the General Assembly, according to the redistricting plan signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The new boundaries did involve some controversies, which Beshear alluded to as well.

    "Redistricting is always a partisan process, and the current situation is no exception," Beshear said in a press statement.

  • Higdon presents bill