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A bill that would require a certain percentage of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources is scheduled for a hearing in the Kentucky House of Representatives tomorrow. The bill has little chance of passage this late in the session, but its advocates are hoping to set the stage for next year.

House Bill 167—the Clean Energy Opportunity Act—would gradually increase the percentage of Kentucky’s energy that’s from renewable sources. Right now, about 94 percent of the state’s energy comes from coal. If the bill ever becomes law, that will have to change and at least 12.5 percent of the commonwealth’s energy will have to come from renewable sources within ten years.

Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian is the bill’s lead sponsor. This is the third year she’s introduced the bill, and says she’s working to make sure legislators realize the legislation isn’t anti-coal.

“We are not attacking coal,” she said. “We recognize that coal is very important as we know that we have a lot of legislators from the coal counties. And I think what they’re hearing is that this is an alternative. This is a thing that will help create jobs and it creates green jobs that stay in Kentucky.” [click to continue…]

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Anti-Bullying Bill Unlikely to Pass due to Floor Amendments, Sponsors Will Try Again Next Year

by Gabe Bullard March 2, 2011

The Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman is frustrated by what he considers stall tactics imposed on anti bullying legislation this session. He says two amendments sponsored by Representative Mike Harmon are out of line and are simply meant to kill the bill.

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Anti-Bullying Bill Passes House Committee

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Several committee members expressed concern about bullying but indicated current law should address the issue. Sponsor Mary Lou Marzian says the legislation gives school officials power they don’t currently have to better deal with bullies who target gay students.

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House Passes Bill That Requires Contractors To Verify Workers’ Immigration Status

by Tony McVeigh February 8, 2011

The legislation puts the onus on employers to verify the immigration status of their employees. A Senate bill that puts the onus on law enforcement to verify the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens remains in a House committee.

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