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Government

  • Bills on smoking, beer, casinos advance in General Assembly

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    In a week where America celebrated Groundhog Day, the General Assembly provided vivid flashbacks of its actions of recent years, with the Republican Senate moving priorities sure to die in the House and the Democratic House moving bills that will die in the Senate.

  • Legislation targets repeat DUI offenders

    A bill to strengthen penalties for habitual drunken drivers in Kentucky became one step closer to law on Thursday with its passage out of a key state Senate committee.
    Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Senator Dennis L. Parrett, would change what is known in legal circles as the “look back period” to 10 years from five years. What that means is that if someone is convicted of drunken driving multiple times in a 10-year period the penalties for the crimes can be increased.

  • School board meets Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the board office.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows. A more detailed agenda can be found at http://goo.gl/vRdjiu.

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - School nutrition report card

    - Update on family nights/reading celebration/migrant program

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting includes:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Presentation of economic development’s 2014 annual report

    • Consider/approval of funds for Bradfordsville Youth League Sports

    • Open bid for a medium duty ambulance

    • Request from the Marion County Detention Center to move part-time employee Derek Werner to a full-time position

  • City kicks off bicentennial celebration

    Current and former city officials gathered Wednesday at Lebanon City Hall to mark the city's 200th anniversary.
    On Jan. 28, 1815, the city of Lebanon was officially incorporated.
    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw signed a proclamation to mark the occasion.
    The proclamation reads that Lebanon is the geographic center of the state and has become a center of commerce and industry, and that none of the city's accomplishments would have been possible without the "vision, leadership, and dedication of its citizens."

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Farm Bureau to host legislative forum Jan. 31

    Marion County Farm Bureau will be hosting its annual legislative forum at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Farm Bureau conference room at 690 Metts Drive, Lebanon. Joining them will be the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and Central Kentucky Ag Credit.
    Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills will be on hand to discuss current issues in state government.
    All interested constituents are invited to this open meeting. The legislators will be available for questions from the public.
     

  • Heroin will be a focus in 2015 General Assembly

    State legislators met earlier this month primarily to address procedural matters, and they will return for this year's short session on Feb. 3.
    But one issue that has support across party lines and branches of the government is curbing the heroin epidemic in Kentucky. Three years ago, a new state law made it more difficult for "pills mills" to operate in Kentucky, but there was another consequence.
    "As a result heroin became cheaper, more widespread," State Representative Terry Mills said.

  • Stepfather of bullying victim wants tougher Kentucky law

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who died of an intentional drug overdose in December after she was repeatedly harassed by students from her school is asking Nelson County’s state legislators to look into strengthening Kentucky’s statute on bullying.
    Bill Hack attended a community forum Jan. 16 with Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown. Accompanied by another man, Jonathan Hahn, he suggested that legislators look at New Jersey’s law as a starting point.

  • 2 separate bills in House and Senate could make medical marijuana a reality

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    After going through a gauntlet of steroids, muscle relaxers, chemotherapy, interferon injections and opiates to manage his multiple sclerosis, Jaimie Montalvo found using marijuana less debilitating than the side effects of his prescription medications.
    Two separate bills in the House and Senate could make medical marijuana a legal reality for many like Montalvo in Kentucky, who see it as an alternative to the unwanted side effects from addictive opiates commonly prescribed by physicians.