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Kentucky bill would ban execution for severely mentally ill

Efforts to ban the application of the death penalty to some people with severe mental illnesses ran into resistance Thursday, but the bill mustered just enough votes to be sent to the Kentucky Senate.

Important bills are moving – here’s a list

As we head into the home stretch of this year's General Assembly, the pace of legislation has picked up dramatically. Of all the bills getting hearings and votes, here are some of the more important ones and where they stand.

3/4 update — 157 new vaccination sites to open, bringing total to 567; one-year memorial set Saturday

Also, a detailed update from Rocky Adkins about how the state is dealing with the weather impacts in eastern Kentucky, and what residents should do to help.
Kentucky State Capitol Building (photo by Daderot [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons)

KYGA21 Update for Friday, 3/5

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling a motion

House Democrats just passed the most important democracy reforms since the 1965 Voting Rights Act

These reforms face a challenging path in the Senate, given Democrats’ narrow majority and the GOP filibuster. But, their adoption is critical for preserving American democracy amid unprecedented attack by Republican extremists both in and  outside Congress.

You can help Eastern Kentucky with your wallet

You can help the people in Eastern Kentucky by donating to one of these three relief funds, or by buying something on an Amazon wish list.

Inspector general said Elaine Chao misused position, referred case for prosecution

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general's office investigated Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for potential violations of ethics rules — and ultimately referred the case for criminal prosecution in late 2020.

Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Not everyone gets the chance to look death in the face and come out on the other side with an opportunity to make an impact and save lives. But on September 6, 2018, the opportunity found me when twelve bullets ripped through my body.
6 January 2021- Washington DC- A protester stands with a Confederate flag after storming the Capitol during a Joint Session of Congress in which members were to certify the 2020 Presidential election. (photo by Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA via AP Images)

Capitol Police officials say intel on possible March 4 plot being taken ‘seriously’

U.S. Capitol Police officials said they have "obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4" – the date that far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Trump will return to power.

3/3 update — With supply of new J&J vaccine to be boosted by Merck deal, Beshear says state may need FEMA help to get doses in arms

The concern before was not enough vaccine; the concern now is not enough vaccinators.

Franklin Circuit judge issues injunction blocking three new laws the legislature passed to limit the governor’s emergency powers

"Tthe court believes those decisions should be made based on medical and scientific evidence, not on arbitrary deadlines imposed by statutes irrespective of the spread of the virus."
Kentucky State Capitol Building (photo by Daderot [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons)

KYGA21 Update for Thursday, 3/4

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.
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