Tag Archives: Kentucky General Assembly

Pro-life Bill Has One Last Shot; Rally Planned

The Kentucky General Assembly will wrap up with 2012 next Thursday, April 12, but it’s not too late for citizens to make a difference! Next Thursday is “Veto Override” day, when the legislature can reconsider anything the governor vetoed this past week (and possibly override his veto if they deem that necessary). A bill that […]

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Time Running Out to Cap Payday Lending

The following is a re-post of a recent blog from KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood on the important issue of payday lending. With time running out in this year’s Kentucky General Assembly session, a bill to cap payday loans at 36 percent is stalled in a House committee. Call Now to Support Payday Lending Cap […]

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Pro-life Bills Barely Breathing

Kentucky Right to Life has issued an urgent call for pro-life citizens to make contacts with their legislators to try to save two pro-life bills that are dying in a House committee as this year’s General Assembly session winds down. Here’s their message: We are in the last two weeks of the 2012 Kentucky legislative […]

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Do We Really Need Drunk Voters?

A Senate bill that would increase the amount of income a restaurant bar can derive from alcohol sales now has an amendment to it that would also allow alcohol sales on election days. Both the original bill, Senate Bill 40, introduced by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, and the amendment, which comes from a House bill […]

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Here are the Voting Details on the Casino Bill

Here’s how Kentucky senators voted on the casino gambling bill yesterday. Senate Bill 151, which would have given Senate approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the November ballot allowing up to seven casinos across the Commonwealth, needed to receive 23 votes (three-fifths of the senators) in order to move the proposal along to the […]

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Governor Finally Unveils Casino Plan

Gov. Steve Beshear’s long awaited casino gambling bill has finally been unveiled nearly halfway through the General Assembly’s 60-day session. He and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, announced the plan in a press conference in the capitol rotunda today. As expected, it is a terrible bill that calls for a constitutional amendment allowing up to  seven […]

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Resolution Opposes Gambling Expansion

The Crittenden Baptist Association recently approved a strongly-worded resolution opposing gambling expansion proposals in the Kentucky General Assembly. Here’s the text: We the churches of the Crittenden Baptist Association, members of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention, do admonish you the legislative and executive branches of this great Commonwealth of Kentucky, to […]

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Call Your Senator TODAY on Gambling Issue

The politicking over bringing more gambling to Kentucky is getting hot and heavy. Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that he believes he has the 23 votes he needs to get a bill calling for a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling through the state Senate. The Family Foundation of Kentucky says its count of senators shows […]

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Governor, Senator Ready With Casinos Bill

News media are reporting that Gov. Steve Beshear has come to an agreement with Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, on the language for a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to expand gambling. The governor has previously said that he wants an amendment that would allow up to nine casinos across the state. Thayer has not […]

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Big Casino Brother is Watching You

When you see the letters CSI, your first thought might be of the popular television show set in Las Vegas that follows its stars through a “crime scene investigation.” That CSI is fiction but the real-life CSI is much more ominous. It stands for “Casino Share Intelligence” and describes how the ATM vendors at casinos […]

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Casino Prayer Getting Lots of Attention

A prayer by a Kentucky Baptist pastor is getting a lot of attention here in Kentucky these days. Dr. Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and a former Kentucky Baptist Convention president, had the opportunity to pray just before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 17. The […]

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Bill Expands Alcohol Sales in Restaurants

Kentucky Ethics League Executive Director Don Cole has expressed concern over bills now in the General Assembly to expand alcohol sales in restaurants across Kentucky. Here’s his message: As I have stated many times before, the alcohol industry is never satisfied. Several years ago, two bills were passed that allow the selling of alcohol by […]

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Gambling Expert: Casinos Will Hurt State

The following is an excerpt of a blog written by Ivan Zabilka*, an expert on the gambling industry’s efforts to bring casinos in Kentucky. It originally appeared on his blog, The Gambling Notepad. Historically casino proponents in Kentucky have resorted to distorting polls and working up biased reports… A former governor, Julian Carroll, once famously […]

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Associations Stand Against Gambling

Two Kentucky Baptist associations have taken action in the past week to oppose gambling expansion efforts: The South District Baptist Association Executive Board voted unanimously Jan. 9 to oppose an expansion of gambling in the Commonwealth and have communicated the association’s stand to area legislators. Jim Clontz serves as director of missions in this association. […]

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Sharing the Facts on Gambling Suffering

Interested in taking a deeper look at the false claims made by the gambling industry in its efforts to expand gambling across the nation (including Kentucky)? Check out the online book Suffering: the Pain that Casinos Cause by Ivan Zabilka. The book considers 11 propositions frequently stated by gambling proponents in their public effort to introduce […]

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Expanded Gambling Will Only Bring Suffering

Don Cole, executive director of the Kentucky Ethics League, recently spoke out about about Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to allow up to nine casinos in Kentucky. Here’s what he had to say: Now is the time for the citizens of Kentucky to speak up and let their voices be heard. This […]

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House Bill Would Ban Synthetic Marijuana

It takes constant vigilance to try to stay ahead of drug dealers continually looking for new ways to help people get high. The latest effort is through the sale of what is known as synthetic marijuana or synthetic cannibis. Essentially this drug is plant material that is treated with chemicals. When smoked, the chemicals give […]

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Prayer Event Set for Capitol on Jan. 10

Jan. 10 is Kentucky Call to Prayer Day which will mark the formation of a Kentucky Legislative Prayer Caucus in the General Assembly in Frankfort. The event will be held in the capitol rotunda at 12 p.m. Visit calltoprayerkentucky.com for more information.

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Gambling Math Just Doesn’t Add Up

One of the ongoing themes of the big gambling corporations and politicians who are straining ever so hard to bring casinos to Kentucky is that these slot machine parlors will bring in great sums of revenue to the state’s coffers that that can then be used to provide vital services for the people. It sounds […]

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Payday Lending Questions Answered

The Kentucky Baptist Convention recently approved a resolution call for the General Assembly to limit the annual interest rate on “payday” type loans to 36 percent. The following answers some of the frequently asked questions about payday lending and about why a cap is needed. The material has been provided by the Center for Responsible […]

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