Bill would ban salon tanning for minors

by Gina Kinslow, gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com – GLASGOW — Members of the State Senate are considering a bill that would prohibit a person under the age of 18 from using a tanning device at a tanning facility, but provide an exemption for medical use of phototherapy devices. Owners of one Glasgow tanning bed business, E-Z Tan Tanning on Shane…

Travel industry study says August school days cost Kentucky $432 million

by Valarie Honeycutt Spears, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Kentucky travel industry officials have released a study that contends the early return to school each year is costing the state millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The travel industry commissioned the study to support a bill that would prevent school districts from starting classes before late August. Many districts return to…

Bill would seek to clarify retroactivity of Kentucky’s unclaimed life insurance law

by John Cheves, jcheves@herald-leader.com – Several House members filed a bill Friday to clarify that a contested consumer-protection law was meant to cover all life insurance policies, not just those sold after the law was approved in 2012. House Bill 408 would add language to the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act to clearly state that it applies to all…

Legislative Budget Committee Leaders Say Kentucky’s Pension Shortfall Could Boost Interest in Tax Reform

by Stu Johnson, WEKU NEWS –  Discussions about Kentucky tax reform have circulated around the state capitol for decades but no comprehensive tax measure has passed. Two state lawmakers say major pension shortfalls could help move the issue along. Governor Matt Bevin says his proposed spending cuts across state government aim to deal with the more than $30…

GOP holds financial advantages in special House elections less than a month before voters hit the polls

by Kevin Wheatley – Republicans in three of four special House elections hold a collective 3-to-1 cash advantage on their Democratic opponents, with pro-GOP groups enjoying a $872,377 edge on their counterparts across the aisle with the March 8 contests upcoming, campaign finance filings show. The cash disparity comes less than a month until voters in Scott, Owen, Fayette,…

Time Warner Cable opposes Google Fiber vote

by Phillip M. Bailey, @phillipmbailey – The fiber network, if installed, would greatly increase the speed for downloading material from the Internet, streaming movies, gaming and more. Marty Pearl, Special to The C-J Metro Council could take two significant steps at Thursday’s meeting to bring faster Internet speeds to Louisville but one of their ideas to streamline construction is…

Beshear launches petition to save Ky health care

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – From November 2015 — Kynect “adds no value” that the federal exchange doesn’t provide, said Matt Bevin at a press conference in Frankfort. Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal Seeking to preserve Kentucky’s “dramatic success” in expanding health care coverage to more than half a million Kentuckians, former Gov. Steve Beshear today is launching a…