Late Capitolism: School safety leads, Cannabis outlook unclear, Bevin bashing legislature again

Wednesday in the Capitol was no slouch. Here’s everything you need to know about what happened:

School Safety

SB1 led the day in the Capitol – So far, no reports of opposition and no gun control language in the bill. WDRB reports there are a couple of ambitious, if unlikely, gun control bills: “Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, has filed two such bills in the House. One would require gun owners to lock up their firearms when not in use and the other would make sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws, such as barring the sale of bump stocks, requiring background checks for private gun sales and mandating the registration of assault weapons.” Barton’s got the SB1 bill brief, outlining what’s in the 30-page measure:

Then again, some have other ideas:

More takes:
School Safety Bill General Assembly Top Priority [Pure Politics]
Kentucky Lawmakers Unveil School-safety Measure [AP]
With deadly shootings on their minds, lawmakers unveil bill to try to make schools safer [H-L]
School safety bill ‘a starting point’ for General Assembly, sponsor says [WDRB]


Kentucky Panel Sets Hearing For One-vote Election Challenge – “The board agreed to hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Jan. 23. Any decision by the board must be approved by the full House.” [AP]

Geoff Youngfirst in the Kentucky Governor’s Raceofficially announces in Capitol rotunda. [WEKU]

Bevin’s back in town – After a Tuesday trip to a Spencer County forum, the governor appeared on KET with Rene Shaw to talk more about the winter’s withering special session. Asked to respond to criticism that the 2-day surprise special session spent $120,000 and produced nothing, Bevin accused the General Assembly, itself, of being a waste of money. Then he insulted the newly-elected legislators:

“And what are they going to do? They’re going to learn how to not pinch each other, how to behave, how not to be rude to one another. They’re going to learn where the bathrooms are, and they’re going to put their names up on their offices and they’re going to take pictures.” [KET]

Bevin also just appointed Roscoe Higginbotham the new Judge executive in Nicholas County. [AP]

When should Kentucky elect a governor? And should we KREF-file electronically? – Senate Republicans want to change elections to even-numbered years, and Thayer’s backing a bill to get electronic filing moving via SB5. [H-L]

Kentucky’s getting sued – If this lawsuit doesn’t go their way, they’ll have to reconsider not just when to vote, but who can:

Cannabis Coverage

Dan Seum: “They gave me that nice bottle of Oxycontin. I threw it in the garbage can and went home and smoked a joint.” – The Republican senator joined the measure’s sponsors at a press conference announcing HB136, the latest effort to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. SB80, the Cannabis Control Act, is still in circulation also but would legalize and regulate adult recreational cannabis use. Stivers is still cool to the idea, and called it a “gateway drug.” Seum’s unedited remarks (about three minutes) are here: [WKYT]

More takes:
‘We’re going to trust the doctors.’ Lawmakers push for medical marijuana in Kentucky. [H-L]
Senator who had cancer, smoked pot, backs medical marijuana [AP]
Lawmakers optimistic about passage of bill legalizing medical marijuana [WDRB]
Kentucky Lawmakers Propose Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill [KPR]

Notable Bill Filings

State Senator Says He Is Revising Bill Restricting Records Access [WEKU]

Fetal Heartbeat: New Abortion-related Fight In Kentucky [AP]

Rep. Attica Scott wants to end Kentucky’s tampon tax [C-J]

Hey, Rep. How’s the 2019 Legislative Ethics Training coming along?

Bill aims to expand workers’ comp. for first responders, include protections for PTSD [WHAS11]

Rep. Reggie Meeks (D-Louisville) filed a bill to lower age of House eligibility from 30 to 24. [LRC]

Investment/pension transparency or jail – The Herald-Leader’s John Cheves: “State Rep. Lisa Willner files House Bill 126 to require state’s retirement systems to use the usual open and competitive bidding methods for investment managers, and to give attorney general jurisdiction to investigate the systems.”

120Strong priority bill list – The group’s targeted legislation is below.


By the Way…

What’s Ray Jones up to this week?


Is Capitol the ‘people’s house’ or King Matt’s castle? Here’s why they want you out.[H-L]

Editorial roundup [AP]

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