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Columns

  • Legislature approves adult-abuse registry

    At the start of each legislative session, it is impossible to know which proposals will clear the hurdles it takes for a bill to become law.
    Some are never heard in committee; others may make it through the House or Senate but get lost in the shuffle on the other side. Some may falter because of cost or a lack of time or public support.

  • Successful session is complete

    Sine die came on April 15 at midnight. In case you don't know what “sine die” means (I did not until I ran for the House of Rep) it is Latin for “the end.” This 60-day session was a very busy one with more than 800 pieces of legislation filed, and just over 100 passed into law. The most important bills of this session were the budget bills.

  • Kentucky proud

    Fans of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have had a lot to celebrate in recent years.
    Kentucky won its eighth NCAA men’s basketball title two years ago, and this year's team reached the tournament finals. In the last few years, Louisville reached a Final Four and won its third championship in basketball, sent a baseball team to the College World Series, won the Sugar Bowl in football and sent its women's basketball team to its second championship game appearance.
    But really, that stuff is meaningless.

  • General Assembly’s work is through, for now

    When the General Assembly left the Capitol late last month for its traditional veto recess – the roughly two-week period a governor has to approve or reject legislation – it was already becoming clear that the regular session’s final two days would be busy.

  • Legislative session wraps up

     It has been a quiet two weeks at the capitol as the legislators have been away during the veto days. The session will end after the last two days, which are April 14-15. I have enjoyed seeing buds on trees and flowers starting to come out of the ground with these sunnier and warmer days. Soon we will be into Derby season, looking at summer plans and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of our state.

  • General Assembly ties up a few loose ends

     Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make. Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Teenage drinking

     Teenage drinking.

    It’s a problem.

    It always has been, and it most likely always will be.

  • Feed those in need in Marion County

    By Gary Miles
    Executive Director
    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

  • Education is a top priority in state’s budget

    After hours of work and negotiations lasting through the night, the conference committee of the House and Senate members agreed upon a strong, responsible budget for the next two years. The final budget borrows less money and uses less one-time money to pay recurring expenses than the proposals from the Governor and House. That means both the debt service ratio and structural imbalance are lower.

  • Library deserves our support

    By Molly McMasters
    Guest columnist

    For those in our community who do not know who the Marion County Friends of the Library (FOL) are, let me introduce us. We are patrons, grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, citizens from all walks of life who live or have lived in Marion County and LOVE libraries; especially our local library.