Senate Action

Ky. Zip Line Legislation Close to Passage

Mar 15, 2016

The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee has passed a House approved bill that would regulate zip lines across the Commonwealth.  The measure aims to help ensure consistency in construction, training, and rider safety.  

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer cast a no vote in committee, citing concerns about over-regulation.  “Do we have to regulate everything?" Asked Thayer.  "You know, if it moves, tax it.  If it moves, regulate it.  Does government have to be involved in everything?”


A bill intended to help in the prosecution of certain crimes against the very young, disabled, or elderly is on its way to the Kentucky House.  The measure got unanimous backing in the Senate Thursday.

Senate Acts to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Kentucky

Feb 26, 2015

The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth.  The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. 

Proponents of the bill say the games the businesses offer are equivalent to gambling.  Bowling Green Senator Mike Wilson says the establishments in his town are impacting charitable groups.  "It has taken away from, in Warren County, the revenue that comes from charitable gambling for our veterans' organizations," said Wilson.

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A measure approved in the state senate would allow for the creation of piloted charter schools in Kentucky's two largest cities.  The charter school bill is expected to run into heavier opposition in the House.