News and Notes for Thursday 2/3

While watching the ice build and the sleet fall

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples

General Assembly cancelled for tomorrow (Friday) due to weather.

House committee passes bill that bans the death penalty for the seriously mentally ill

HB 269, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, passed out of the Judiciary committee 14-0. To qualify for the exemption, you have to have been diagnosed with one of these disorders: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar disorder and Delusional disorder.

GOP bill would remove State Police from command of the governor

KSP is currently part of the state Justice cabinet. HB 394 would instead create a nine-member Kentucky State Police Commission to oversee the state police, making it an independent state agency. (H-L)

Louisville Metro Council members call for 'no confidence' vote in jail leadership

Members of the Louisville Metro Council have filed a resolution expressing no confidence in Metro Corrections Director Dwayne Clark and his executive staff.The resolution comes after six people died within 12 months while incarcerated at Metro Corrections. Five of those deaths happened since November. (WLKY)

Matt Lehman announces run against Massie with the help of a cigar

Saying “we know something about winning around here” (obviously Bengals reference), Lehman announced his candidacy with this tweet.

State lawmaker still pushing to give Louisville inspector general subpoena powers

A Kentucky lawmaker from Louisville is once again trying to increase the city's oversight of police officers, an effort that stems from attempts to reform the police department following the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor.It all has to do with the newly appointed inspector general, a role that was born out of the death of Taylor and the ensuing protests. (WLKY)

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Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)


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