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Tayna Fogle | House version of voting bill needs to be passed
The right to vote is a basic human right. But Kentucky’s outdated constitution denies that basic right to almost a quarter-million of our citizens. Kentucky is one of only three states that take away a person’s right to vote forever if he or she is convicted of a felony. Currently the only way to get those rights restored is to receive an individual pardon from the governor. more
Changes to voting bill would leave more than half of Kentucky felons without the right to vote
More than half of the 180,000 Kentuckians barred from voting because of a felony conviction would remain permanently disenfranchised under changes the Kentucky Senate made last week to a voting rights bill, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. more
University of Kentucky wins $350,000 grant to help undergraduates study alcohol abuse
The University of Kentucky has won a $350,000 grant to bring 55 college students from around the state to its campus for the next five summers to work on alcohol-abuse research. more
Bill to allow medical marijuana oil passes Kentucky Senate committee
Urged on by families seeking help for children with uncontrollable seizures, Kentucky legislators took the first step Wednesday toward legitimizing marijuana use — passing a bill out of committee that would allow cannabis oil to be used for medical treatment. more
Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade
Fatal Crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, according to researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The pot related accidents have helped fuel the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths. more
Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana
An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. more
New CDOT Campaign Targets Stoned Drivers
Next month the Colorado Department of Transportation will kick off a new campaign aimed at warning people against smoking marijuana and driving called “Drive High, Get a DUI.” more
Kentucky Bill restoring felons' voting rights passes Senate with five-year waiting period
Despite misgivings from Democrats, a state constitutional amendment that would restore most felons' voting rights after a five-year waiting period passed the state Senate on Wednesday with overwhelming support. more
The House also passed House Bill 64, which would allow Kentuckians convicted of first-time Class D felonies to ask a court to expunge, or clear, their record five years after they complete their sentence if they have avoided any additional criminal charges.
Prosecutors would be notified, and certain crimes involving children, the elderly or sex offenses would be ineligible for expungement, as would federal crimes. At present, state law allows convictions to be expunged only for misdemeanors and traffic offenses. "We are a forgiving people," Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said, speaking in favor of the bill. "And if somebody has paid their debt to society, then we should consider that debt paid."
Drug to reverse effects of overdose sees expanded use
As communities across Kentuckiana struggle to deal with an opiate addiction problem in the form of heroin and prescription pills, a medication called naloxone that has been around since the 1960s is finding a new, life-saving use. more