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Almost Like Sitting in the Gallery
We ran this at the beginning of the General Session for those who want to watch the Legislature at its magnificent best and have no time or gas money to drive to Frankfort.  Now with the Special Session underway, some of you might want to see the committee hearings and in-chambers debates.
As the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives meet, KET offers extensive online and on-air coverage.

During legislative sessions, Senate and House chambers and committee meetings are streamed live at
www.ket.org/legislature.

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VLT bill gets hearing in House Committee

House BIll 2 - which is a brief two paragraphs long  (the only thing that Martin Cothran found to like about it) was heard in the House Licensing and Occupations Committee this afternoon. Reps. Stumbo, Moberly and Larry Clark testified for the bill.  House Speaker Stumbo told the Committee that telling the racing industry that they cannot have slots is like telling Toyota it can't make hybrid cars. Both will go somewhere else where they can do what they want.
Nick Nickerson, CEO of Keeneland predicted that if the status quo remains, there won't be a thoroughbred year round racing in Kentucky. Martin Cothran, in opposing the legislation also had a prediction - if this legislation passes, those it benefits will be back to say slots aren't enough.
House Bills 3 (economic development) and 4 (bridges bill) passed out of the House and went to the Senate, where they will be assigned to committees.

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You can't make this up
Rep. Whitfield contacted Canadian trade officials and raised heck that Canadians did not want any more fruit and bubble gum flavored tobacco products. The ban will decimate tobacco growing in Kentucky, according to a story in Bluegrass Politics by Halimah Abdullah of McClatchy News in DC.
Abdullah reported that Whitfield told the Canadians their actions violate trade laws and the North American Free Trade Act.
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