Scores Of Prefiled Bills Await Kentucky Lawmakers

More than 100 bills have been prefiled for consideration by the 2011 Kentucky General Assembly, which convenes January 4th

A bill allowing parents to send their children to neighborhood schools has several Senate sponsors, including President David Williams.  

Sen. Damon Thayer wants more information about government spending posted on the Internet.  Sen. Joey Pendleton wants to legalize the growing of industrial hemp.

In the House, a constitutional amendment preventing lawmakers from being paid for special sessions when they fail to pass a budget during a regular session has several Republican sponsors. 

Rep. Jessie Crenshaw is again offering legislation to restore voting rights for felons who have paid their debt to society. 

Rep. Danny Ford wants to prevent the sale of energy drinks to minors, Rep. Jim Wayne wants public financing of judicial campaigns and Rep. Fitz Steele wants to give Kentuckians a back-to-school sales tax holiday.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.