General Assembly Opens for 2007 Session

Many of the people gathered in the Kentucky General Assembly House Chamber have their ideas of what's best for Kentucky and what new laws should be passed. Sometimes those laws deal with taxes.

“There's a good reason we pay taxes. By golly we need a reminder even in this General assembly that people in Kentucky don't want to pay more taxes,” says Republican Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown who has filed the “tax me more account bill." It would put a box on a tax form you could check if you wanted to voluntarily pay more taxes. Floyd says he wants the bill to send a message that no one in their right mind would ever check that box.

“Now I believe that there's a small percentage who would really do that. But of course 99 percent, whatever percentage, are going to leave that box unchecked to tell the General Assembly that we're paying too much,” says Floyd.

Another bill filed by Sen. Tom Buford would make it a crime for a person to eat horses. Buford says no other horse needs to suffer the same fate as Ferdinand.

“That ended up in Japan. A Kentucky Derby Winner, actually was consumed for horse flesh. Sold by the states over to there,” says the Nicholasville Republican.

Buford's bill would create a registry to prevent horses sold for consumption.

“After all that's what we're into in Kentucky trying to be the horse capital of the world, I don't think that we should be eating or selling them for consumption,” says Buford.