Ky. Zip Line Legislation Close to Passage

by Stu Johnson, WEKU NEWS –  The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee has passed a House approved bill that would regulate zip lines across the Commonwealth.  The measure aims to help ensure consistency in construction, training, and rider safety. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer cast a no vote in committee, citing concerns about over-regulation.  “Do we have to regulate…

Bill would give legislature power to restore voting rights

by Adam Beam, Associated Press –  FRANKFORT, KY. — Convicted felons can’t vote in Kentucky unless the governor allows it, but a bill moving through the Republican-controlled state Senate would let lawmakers make the decision instead. Kentucky’s constitution bans all convicted felons from voting in elections, even if they have completed their sentence and been released from prison.…

Minton: House budget ‘catastrophic’ to courts

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said Wednesday the judicial budget as approved by the House budget committee on Tuesday would have a “catastrophic” impact on Kentucky’s court system. Minton complained last month about what he said were inadequate funds set aside for the judicial branch in Gov. Matt…