Category Archives: Government

HB 309: What pastors need to know about new law & reporting abuse

HOUSE BILL 309: REQUIREMENTS FOR MINISTERS On March 30, the last night of the legislative session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 309 relating to the reporting of incidents of domestic and dating violence and abuse. The legislation includes some provisions that apply to an “ordained minister or denominational equivalent…or any organization or agency employing any […]

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Federal Court Hearing on Kentucky’s Ultrasound Bill

On March 23, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the court hearing on House Bill, 2, commonly known as the ultrasound bill. House Bill 2 gives a pregnant mother the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of her unborn child prior to having an abortion. The hope is that if a […]

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Update from the 2017 Kentucky legislative session

By Tom Troth, Legislative Agent Kentucky Baptist Convention The members of the General Assembly have left Frankfort and returned to their home districts for the 10-day veto recess. They will return at noon on March 29, 2017, for two more days to deal with any potential Gubernatorial vetoes and to pass additional legislation. There were […]

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Hal Heiner sends refreshing message by refusing state salary

EDITORIAL When our Frankfort reporter, Kristen Lowry, set out to write an article about Kentucky Education Secretary Hal Heiner, one of the more intriguing facts she uncovered was that he doesn’t accept a government salary. Mind you, it could have been a handsome salary. His predecessors in recent years were all paid well over $100,000 […]

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House Republicans get it right by striking provision to draft women

EDITORIAL In the midst of the political chaos on Capitol Hill, there are still some good decisions being made. Such was the case Tuesday when House Republicans removed a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have forced America’s daughters to register for the military draft. GOP lawmakers wisely struck the provision before […]

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