2012 legislative session begins in Frankfort

About 300 bills await lawmakers action over the next 60 days, this being the even year session with legislators meeting about mid-April. The most important item Is the budget, and most agree it’s going to be tough.
“We have serious and daunting issues in Kentucky, financially,” said Sen. President David Williams, R-Burkesville when speaking with reporters after the 2012 session started Tuesday.
Williams says he’s eagerly waiting to hear proposals on the spending plan….and many other issues facing the state. One of the biggest….and most controversial deals with casino gambling.
“We agree that we ought to put the issue on the ballot, I think in general we agree it needs to be simple language,” said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown. But Williams also said that Thayer’s ideas do not have the backing of all Republicans in the Senate.
Last year a bill to make pseudoephedrine a prescription only drug to curb meth production never got a vote in the full Senate. The sponsor expects a more successful path this year.
“Because meth labs are going to get worse and worse, and keep growing,” said Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London.
Education issues are always big…and some believe charter schools are gaining momentum.
“I think anytime we have a new idea about education, we should listen. But I have reservations because we can’t allow public schools to be impacted negatively,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
“We’ve missed out on significant funding in Kentucky as far as Race to the Top, because we didn’t have charter schools,” said Williams.
The first item tackled will likely be redistricting, that is drawing new legislative and congressional boundary lines because of changes in the recent census. Hearings on that could begin on Thursday.

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  • by Fed-up on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:06 PM
    If this medicine is made prescription only, then the druggies will just move on to something else to get their high & the only ones left to suffer for this bill will be those who truly need the medicine & who were not abusing it in the first place. I'm not a criminal & I have no problem showing my id when I need the medicine but I can't afford a dr. I have athsma & severe allergies year round & I've taken otc meds all my life & not once has it occured to me to mix it with everything under the kitchen sink & use it for illegal purposes. I'm SICK of the criminals constantly making life unbearable for those who obey the laws & play by the rules. Point is a druggie will get their high any place they can find it & it's garbage for law-abiding people to suffer for the actions of the criminals!!!
  • by clowns on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    Yeah all these clowns are so hard at work in frankfort make me gag!


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