Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 4, 2013

Hemp bill on table again; redistricting in ‘final phase’


FRANKFORT — Watching the 2013 General Assembly is a bit like watching Kentucky’s weather; if you don’t like what you hear one day, just stick around for what they say the next.

When lawmakers left town Friday, a bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, to regulate hemp cultivation if the federal government allows it, and pushed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer appeared dead in the Democrat-controlled House.

Meanwhile, Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, told reporters he expected to share a House redistricting plan with the Democratic House caucus Monday.

Check both of those.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, said Monday afternoon that after Comer visited McKee’s home county of Harrison County earlier that morning that the House committee will now take up Hornback’s bill Wednesday and McKee intends to vote for it.

“That’s correct,” McKee said. “I’m going to vote for it. I don’t know how anyone else will vote.”

The last time the bill was before McKee’s committee, McKee intended to offer a substitute version, but the committee appeared prepared to vote for the original bill. So McKee first recessed, then later adjourned the committee without a vote on either.

That would appear to mean the bill will pass out of McKee’s committee, but that doesn’t mean it will get a vote on the floor of the House.

Read the full report in Tuesday's print or e-edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.