Stu Johnson (KPR)

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.

stu.johnson@eku.edu

Come next year, Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to enact an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. The proposal calls for a tax on vaping products and e-cigs at the same level as traditional cigarettes.

Legislation that would criminalize those who share personal identifying information about a minor when the intent is to intimidate, abuse, threaten, harass, or frighten is headed to the full Kentucky Senate. 

The measure stems from the highly publicized viral social media account of a January interaction between Covington Catholic students and Native American protestors in Washington DC. 

Governor Matt Bevin says he is prepared to sign Senate Bill 150 into law.  The legislation, easily adopted in each house of the legislature, allows Kentuckians 21 and older to carry concealed deadly weapons without a license in areas currently allowed for permit holders. 

The Kentucky House is scheduled this week to vote on a bill designating the fourth Wednesday in September as a Day of Prayer for Kentucky public school students.  

Legislation which could pave the way for more electric scooters motoring along Kentucky pavement is on its way to the state Senate. 

An official in the revenue cabinet says state government is benefitting from new online sales taxation methods.  But, Richard Dobson, director in the Office of Sales and Excise Taxes, says it would not be considered a tax windfall. 

Timothy D. Easley / AP

For many of the Commonwealth’s NASCAR racing fans, the annual weekend of racing at Kentucky Motor Speedway got off to a good start last night.

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s birth of a baby boy this week became a historical event in state politics. Ball is the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in office.