2011 General Assembly Regular Session Wrap-up

June 24, 2011

Below is a condensed version of the session wrap-up provided by the Kentucky Resources Council. LWVKY is a member of KRC and supports their positions.

Bills that KRC supported that will become law:

SB 7 – Improves government fiscal transparency by making legislative, judicial, and executive branch expenditure records, and certain records of higher educational institutions available on the web.

SB 70 – Updates the soil contamination screening levels used to determine remediation options for contaminated properties to reflect the more current EPA Region 3 Screening Level Table.

HB 26 – Provides the framework for two or more wastewater utilities in the counties of Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, Meade and Oldham counties may elect to create a regional wastewater commission.

HB 259 – Will create process for siting up to 5 demonstration projects for geologic sequestration of cardon dioxide in the Commonwealth.

HB 385 – Requires the changes in mining bond calculation methodology be incorporated into regulation.

Bills that KRC opposed that passed:

SB 50 – Allows a private transmission pipeline company to condemn private lands to construct a pipeline for transmission of carbon dioxide for private use.

Bills that fell by the wayside (* indicate KRC opposed):

*SB 34 – Would have eliminated the current prohibition on construction of new nuclear power plants in the Commonwealth.

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Pendleton County League of Women Voters Registers First Time Voters

June 1, 2011

Pendleton County League of Women Voters Registers First Time Voters

Pendleton County League of Women Voters President Shawn Nordheim, Secretary Melissa Miller and Treasurer Wendy Harrison recently registered Pendleton County High School students to vote. The voter registration event occurred during lunchtime on May 23 at the high school. Thirty students became new registered voters.

Consistently, fewer eligible young Pendleton County citizens are registered to vote than that of any other age group. Of those young citizens who are registered to vote, the majority do not take advantage of the opportunity to do so.

Voter registration is one of the key activities of the Pendleton County League. The league will work to register not only young citizens but also all age groups of citizens who are not registered to vote. To register to vote in Kentucky, one must be at least 18 years of age by the next election, must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of the state.

The League plans both annual fall and spring voter registration drives to register as many new voters as possible.

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