Losers of the 2011 General Assembly

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - These bills failed to pass during the
Kentucky General Assembly session that ended Wednesday. The texts
of all bills may be read at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/ .
ABORTION
Would have required doctors to perform ultrasounds showing
pregnant women the images of their fetuses before having abortions.
The bill also would have required a face-to-face meeting between a
pregnant woman and a doctor or a designated health professional
before an abortion. Senate Bill 9.
BULLYING
Would have extended anti-bullying protections to children in
Kentucky schools who are the subject of harassment because of their
sexual orientation. House Bill 370.
COLD MEDICINE-PRESCRIPTIONS
Sought to require people to get a doctor's prescription before
buying some common cold medicines that contain an ingredient for
methamphetamine production. The bill's goal was to restrict access
to pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth. SB45.
FELONS-VOTING RIGHTS
Called for a state constitutional amendment to provide automatic
restoration of voting rights for felons who have served their
sentences. HB70.
IMMIGRATION
Would have given local and state police agencies broad authority
to check the immigration status of people they suspect of being in
the country illegally and detain them. That would have included
people who are stopped by law enforcement for other reasons, such
as traffic violations. SB6.
INDEPENDENT VOTERS
Would have given registered independents a chance to vote in
Kentucky's Democratic or Republican primaries. The bill also would
have applied to people affiliated with third parties. SB41.
LOCAL SCHOOLS
Would have allowed Kentucky children to attend public school
closest to their homes. It also would have allowed school districts
to establish charter schools. The legislation, in part, was a
reaction to criticism of a new elementary student-assignment plan
in Jefferson County, the state's largest public school district.
SB3.
MEDICAID
Sought to close a gap in the Medicaid budget. Gov. Steve
Beshear's proposal sought to balance the Medicaid budget by using
$166.5 million from next year's appropriation. Senate Republicans
wanted across-the-board cuts to government programs to fill the
gap. HB305. Beshear said he will reconvene lawmakers in a special
session next week to deal with the issue.
PAYDAY LOANS
Would have capped the interest rates assessed by payday lenders
at 36 percent. HB182.
PENSIONS
Called for newly hired government workers to be covered under a
retirement savings plan rather than the state's longstanding
pension plan. HB480.
SCHOOL DROPOUTS
Would have gradually raised the school dropout age from 16 to
18. Beshear included the issue on the agenda of the special session
he has called for next week. HB225.
TAXES
Sought to create an outside commission on revamping the state's
tax code. SB1.

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