State Sanctuary Illigal Sanctuary Ban

Senate Republicans identified a controversial bill targeting illegal immigration as the chamber’s top legislative priority on Tuesday, the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session.

Senate Bill 1, from Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, bans any “sanctuary policy” by police or public agencies in Kentucky. It also requires almost all public employees in the state to use “their best efforts” to support enforcement of federal immigration law.

Real ID Act

Governor Andy Beshear and the state’s Transportation Secretary Jim Gray are expected to provide an update on Kentucky’s REAL ID Act. After years of delays, the state has decided to distribute REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses. The licenses will be distributed across twelve regional offices. A press conference is scheduled for today at 1:15 when the governor is expected to explain more.

Whitley Sanctuary for Guns

Nearly 200 people filled the Whitley County Fiscal Courtroom on Tuesday evening in support of one item on the court’s agenda, the resolution to make Whitley County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County. Community members had their time to share their thoughts on the resolution with all voicing their support. “I really didn’t expect opposition,” said Whitley County Judge Executive Pat White Jr. “This is a conservative area, a rural area people appreciate their hunting rights. People want the right to defend their homes in rural parts of the county, and I expected there to be a lot of support.” Whitley County follows an ever-growing list of Kentucky’s counties that have adopted similar resolutions in the recent past.

Planned Parenthood Can Apply for License in Louisville

Planned Parenthood is free to apply for a license to provide abortions at its clinic in downtown Louisville, according to a top official with the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear, a pro abortion Democrat who took office last month. The decision comes after a four-year battle between the planned parenthood and former Gov. Matt Bevin, a pro-life Republican whose administration had denied Planned Parenthood the license and accused it in a lawsuit of providing illegal abortions.

Louisville Based Mana Fined For Child Labor Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor says 22 Fazoli’s and Wendy’s franchises in Tennessee have violated child labor laws. The labor department this week said the franchises’ parent company, Manna Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky will pay a civil monetary penalty of over 157-thousand-dollars for violating the child labor requirements. The investigation found kids 14-and-15-years-old were working more hours than allowed on school mornings and nights and also working more than eight hours on non-school days. Manna is owned by former UofL player Junior Bridgeman.

Earthquak Triggered Curious 911 Calls

As hundreds wondered what caused their homes and businesses to shake during Monday’s earthquakes, Whitley County 911 was busy taking all the curious calls. The 3.8 magnitude earthquake caught the attention of the majority of Southern Kentucky. WKYT reports Whitley County 911 took in dozens of calls. The U.S. Geological Survey pinpoints the 3.8 magnitude earthquake just 40 miles south of Fincastle, Tennessee. However, the shake was felt in every nook and cranny of southern Kentucky. “I tell you what. The ground shook, my trailer shook,” said one of the callers to Whitley County 911. The U.S Geological Survey says it didn’t last long, but it did show up on a seismograph in Lexington.

Lawmakers Sponsoring Tax Increase

A Kentucky lawmaker has sponsored a bill that would increase the state sales tax. Rep. John Sims Jr., D-Flemingsburg, pre-filed House Bill 28 last year. The bill would raise the sales tax in the state to 8 percent on or after Jan. 1, 2021. The bill would increase some property and vehicle taxes as well.
HB 28 was introduced in the House to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

Nerve Agent Destruction

The Blue Grass Army Depot has started destroying nerve agent stored at the facility. More than 500 tons of chemical weapons are being housed on the compound. The weapons are destroyed through a two-step process called neutralization, followed by supercritical water oxidation. Automated machines take the weapons apart, drain the chemicals, and then mix it with water and chemicals to break down the mixture into a less hazardous material. That mixture is put under pressure and then heated to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit before it can be safely recycled. As of Jan. 10, more than 15 tons of chemical agent have been destroyed in Kentucky. The destruction of the weapons is set to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.

$35 million state loan Advancing

Kentucky lawmakers have started advancing a proposed $35 million state loan to help the University of Louisville with its purchase of Jewish Hospital. The measure cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee with bipartisan support Tuesday. The bill has plenty of political clout behind it. Its lead sponsors are Republican House Speaker David Osborne and the top-ranking House Democrat, Representative Joni Jenkins. The loan amount in the bill sent to the full House is $15 million lower than the original $50 million request. UofL President Neeli Bendapudi says the lower amount reflects cost savings and increased revenues from the transaction.

New Boat Ramp Connecting Kentucky With Ohio

Officials have broken ground on a new boat ramp that will provide public access to the Ohio River in Louisville.The boat ramp and parking area at Shawnee Park will provide boaters with river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the Falls of the Ohio, according to a statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.Construction on the project, which is a joint venture between Louisville Parks and Recreation and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, began last week.