Forward Five – Wednesday, 2/28/18
Five Things to Know Today
Big day, big week in Frankfort: Pensions AND budgets
After months of anticipation and weeks of work, the Republicans in Frankfort are planning two major events for this week: a vote on their pension bill that was recently released, AND a vote on their budget bill that will be released this week, probably today. (Forward Kentucky)
This Kentucky school district just voted to let teachers carry concealed guns
Teachers could soon be carrying concealed guns inside schools in Pike County under a proposal that was preliminarily approved Monday evening by the Pike County School Board. (Herald-Leader)
Medical marijuana gets two boosts in same week
As noted by Rep. Linda Belcher in our recent podcast, medical marijuana continues to gain support. The movement to approve it in Kentucky got two different boosts this week. (Forward Kentucky)
House resolution to remove hemp from definition of marijuana passes Senate committee
A House concurrent resolution to urge Congress to amend the federal Controlled Substance Act to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana was unanimously passed by the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday. HCR 35, sponsored by Rep. DJ Johnson is designed to open the door to expand the hemp industry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (CN/2)
Republican Goforth wins Kentucky House seat
Republicans have held on to an eastern Kentucky state House seat in a special election. Returns show Republican Robert Goforth defeated Democrat Kelly Smith on Tuesday. Goforth will replace former GOP Rep. Marie Rader, who resigned in December because of health reasons. (West Kentucky Star)
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