The Forward Five – Monday, 1/27/20

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Five Things to Know Today

First abortion bill of session clears committee; 2 more in hopper; Beshear administration lets Planned Parenthood apply for license
A bill to require health care providers to do everything possible to save the life of a baby who is born alive has passed out of committee and now heads to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass.

Two other anti-abortion bills have been filed. House Bill 67 would amend the state constitution to specify that it includes no protection for abortion rights. House Bill 142 would prohibit public money from going to any entity that performs, induces, refers for or counsels in favor of abortions.

Meanwhile, the Beshear administration has told Planned Parenthood that it can now apply for a license to perform abortions. (Forward Kentucky)

Senate president Stivers sees ‘a narrow path’ for medical marijuana
Senate president Robert Stivers, long a legislative opponent of legalizing medical marijuana, said Friday that there is a “narrow path forward” for it. (Forward Kentucky)

More taxes? Beshear’s budget will raise new revenue, but by less than two years ago
Beshear is to unveil his budget proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly in the Capitol. (Forward Kentucky)

Trump Bogus Defense Bingo
Want to have fun and at the same time understand why the Trump defenses are bogus? Then use Teri Kanefield’s special Bingo card and notes. Win! (Forward Kentucky)

Scholarship tax credit bill filed for a third try with Kentucky lawmakers
Days ahead of School Choice Week, proposed legislation bringing scholarship tax credits to Kentucky appeared Friday afternoon. Senate Bill 110, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) would give tax credits to people who donate to groups that give scholarships to private schools.

After unsuccessful tries the last two years, supporters of scholarship credits expect better luck with lawmakers in 2020. SB 110 is similar to past efforts at the school choice legislation, potentially costing Kentucky up to $25 million in its first year through the tax credits. (Courier-Journal)

KYGA20 Run-Down
The bills, they are a’movering. Rather than pull any of these stories into the “five things to know” section, we’re simply listing some of the stories in the media. Note that some of these may never even be heard in committee, while others may wind up on a fast track for passage.

The #BadBillWatch is back, with more stinker bills – In today’s #BadBillWatch, we’re going to look at the handful of abortion bills that appear with the consistency of sunrise every session. What I find so interesting is that the legislators who always file these kinds of bills don’t seem as interested in legislation that helps children once they’re born and living here in the Commonwealth. (Forward Kentucky)

Kentucky lawmaker wants student-athletes to compete in sports based on biological sex – Republican State Sen. Robby Mills titled Senate Bill 114 the “Save Women’s Sports Act.” Current KHSAA policy regulates transgender student-athletes. (Courier-Journal)

Senate Republicans pass bill requiring Kentuckians show photo ID to vote – SB 2 passed by a 29-9 vote, with only Republicans voting for the legislation, the same as its passage in committee a day earlier. (Forward Kentucky)

On anniversary of deadly school shooting, bill arming safety officers gets initial OK – Senate Bill 8 would require school resource officers to carry a gun. It passed the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. (Forward Kentucky)

Not all stories on Forward Kentucky make it to the top “Five Things” section of the Forward Five! Many stories only show up in the yellow section below, which is a running list of pretty much everything published. So, be sure to scan the lower section each day as well, so you don’t miss anything.

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Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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🔥 [new] Kentucky lawmaker blames Matt Jones, Marc Murphy for failure of police powers bill – Sen. Stephen Meredith said he faced a swarm of criticism for proposing the bill, specifically naming KSR host Matt Jones and cartoonist Marc Murphy. (read)

🔥 [new] Rand Paul: 45 Republicans down to dismiss Trump impeachment charges – Sen. Rand Paul told The Washington Post that 45 Republicans are willing to dismiss the charges that President Trump faces during his impeachment trial. (read)

[new] Motion filed to disqualify Repub candidate in special election (CORRECTION) – A voter is challenging the Republican in the House 67 special election, charging that she does not actually live in the district. (read)

McConnell called #MidnightMitch for controversial proposed impeachment trial rules – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just earned his first new nickname of 2020: #MidnightMitch. Responding to McConnell’s proposed rules for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, referred to the Kentucky Republican as “Midnight Mitch.” (read)

KFTC calls on Congress to “Fix What’s Broke” – The campaign’s message is that Congress must “Fix What’s Broke” by passing bills to clean up abandoned coal mines and polluted waterways and by extending funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund for an additional ten years. (read)


[new] Lawmakers need to ban discredited ‘conversion therapy’ for children – Two members of the legislature filed bills banning conversion therapy, which is used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. (read)

Is Trump our version of Buzz Windrip? – Is Donald Trump a real-life Sen. “Buzz” Windrip, the phony populist-turned dictator in It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis’ cautionary novel for 1935 America? (read)


70% of Americans say U.S. economic system unfairly favors the powerful – A majority of U.S. adults say the economic system unfairly favors powerful interests. Wide majorities also say politicians, large corporations, and people who are wealthy have too much power and influence in today’s economy. (read)


🔥 [photo gallery] MLK Day in western Kentucky – Berry Craig was at both the Paducah and Mayfield celebrations of Martin Luther King, and shares this story and photo galleries from the events. (view)

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