The Forward Five – Tuesday, 1/28/20

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Five Things to Know Today

Bills go after transgender young people … and their doctors
Multiple bills have been introduced in this year’s General Assembly that target transgender young people, their doctors, and their parents, including one that could result in doctors going to jail. (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear budget address is tonight. Here’s some things to expect.
Tonight, Governor Andy Beshear will present his first budget address to the General Assembly and the state. Joe Sonka lays out some things to look for. (Forward Kentucky)

Amendment keeping local control over SROs fails as bill arming officers advances to House
An amendment to let Kentucky school boards decide whether to arm their school officers failed, while a bill on the issue advanced out of the Senate and to the House. Senate Bill 8, which is backed by several Republicans and a Democrat, would require school police to carry a handgun. It cleared the Republican-dominated Senate 34-1 Monday afternoon. Senator Morgan McGarvey of Louisville was the lone No vote.

Some in Kentucky’s largest district have criticized the bill as the state making a decision they believe should be made locally. Jefferson County Public Schools is in the midst of crafting policies, including gun usage, for its security team. (Courier-Journal)

‘Bye, Mitch’ — Democrats vying to unseat McConnell jab him on impeachment
Four of the ten Dems running to face Mitch McConnell spoke at a forum on Saturday morning. Their message was simple: it is time to say “Bye Mitch.” (Forward Kentucky)

Repubs don’t want you to vote. Here’s 7 ways they try to stop you.
Republicans don’t like voting, especially for certain groups. Are YOU one of the ones they want to stop? Here are 7 tactics to watch for. (Forward Kentucky)

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.

House GOP files bill to move Kentuckians off public aid and into the workforce – House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade (R-Stanford) said the bill was created to deter fraud, as well as “help people get back on their feet.” (Courier-Journal)

Reprieve for net metering – KY Republican Rep. Jim DuPlessis and three other R’s are sponsoring a new bill that would essentially grandfather in new net-metering customers under the current rates through 2029. (LRC copy)

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.

A word from publisher Bruce Maples
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Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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🔥 [new] First abortion bill of session clears committee; 2 more in hopper – The first KYGA20 abortion bill cleared committee, with two more fills already filed. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood can now apply for a license. (read)

[new] 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. (read)

[new] 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! (read)

[new] 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. (read)

🔥 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] KEA president issues statement on scholarship tax credit bill – For the third time, a scholarship tax credit bill has been filed in the Kentucky legislature. Senate Bill 110 was filed on Friday by Senator Ralph Alvarado. The president of the Kentucky Education Association, Eddie Campbell, issued this statement about the bill and about scholarship tax credits in general. (read)

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)


[new podcast] Sports gambling bill & school safety bills, Linda Story Edwards interview – Linda Story Edwards, a Democratic Candidate in House District 6, joined Robert and Jazmin this week. Before that, they analyzed bills: the Sports Betting bill, the School Safety bill, and SB 3, a constitutional amendment which would move the election of constitutional officers to Presidential years. (listen)

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