Noise and Notes: Recaps and Leftovers from the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly
The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly is nearing its end, but there are plenty of important issues still haven't been addressed.At the beginning of the legislative session much was said about the improved personal relationships between Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers—particularly the GOP-controlled Senate. But if Frankfort is more collegial it hasn't improved productivity.With two days left for veto days, thorny matters such as pension reform and redistricting haven’t been resolved. No deals are in sight, and there is talk of a special session to sort those priorities out. Other bills dealing with industrial hemp, charter schools and a statewide smoking ban appear to be dead.Lawmakers certainly had a lot to say about potential U.S. Senate candidate, actress Ashley Judd.Our Frankfort team of bureau chief Kenny Colston and reporter Rae Hodge came in to talk about those measures, and the ongoing fight over whether Beshear should sign or veto the so-called 'religious freedom' bill.