KET Legislative Coverage

Comment on Kentucky Recap

by John Gregory | 02/24/14 11:09 AM

This week's Comment on Kentucky opened with the news that host Ferrell Wellman is retiring from the program. The veteran journalist made his first appearance on the show in 1976, and he has hosted the program for six years. Wellman cited a recurring knee injury as prompting his departure.

Joe Arnold, political reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, updated viewers on news in the campaigns for U.S. Senate. A staff member of the Legislative Research Commission was terminated this week for appearing in an Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign video. Meanwhile, supporters of cockfighting are angry at Sen. Mitch McConnell for voting for the new federal farm bill, which includes a provision that makes it a crime to attend a cockfight.

Arnold also discussed the voting rights restoration measure before state lawmakers. Senate Republicans amended House Bill 70 to significantly reduce the number of former felons who could get their rights to vote back after fully completing their sentences.

Lexington Herald-Leader reporter John Cheves explained that 10 members of the General Assembly have been subpoenaed to appear at an ethics hearing involving the sexual harassment Investigation of former Rep. John Arnold. He also detailed how state prison populations have changed following the penal reforms passed by the legislature three years ago.

Greg Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported how a recent Kentucky Supreme Court ruling on instant racing gambling machines raised more questions than it resolved. He also talked about Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's proposal for five hemp pilot projects at state universities.

Watch the full Comment on Kentucky program.