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One Thousand New Laws Pile Up For Session, Most Doomed

FRANKFORT, KY -- As of Friday, more than 1,000 bills had already been filed for the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly session that oesn't start until Tuesday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer in its Sunday edition.

The vast majority of the legislation won't be passed, won't be debated and won't even come to a vote.

But that doesn't stop lawmakers - including those in Northern Kentucky - from drafting bills at a brisk pace and hoping the bills at least garner consideration, reports the Enquirer.

"This is the time of the year when we're expected to perform," said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who represents southern Kenton County including Independence and Taylor Mill. "These are the jobs we were elected to do, and I look forward to it."

Bills filed by Northern Kentucky lawmakers address crime and punishment, taxes, abortion and child obesity among other topics. Here is a look at some of the legislation, the Enquirer reports.

Scuttle Campbell County Courthouse Commission: Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, wants to do away with the commission, which charges a property tax to portions of the county to operate and maintain the courthouse.

The commission has been around for more than a century and involves some powerful interests, including judges. But Keene said it is unfair that only part of the county pays the tax, reports the Enquirer.

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