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Sunday, April 8, 2012
2012 KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE GENERAL SESSION
No guts, no glory as session winds down
By DAVID BROCK
Local lawmakers will return to Frankfort
next week to oﬃcially wrap up a regular session dominated by the budget and a redistricting eﬀort that was shot down in court.
e Kentucky House and Senate will put
the ﬁnishing touches on what was mostly a
stagnant regular session ursday when
they must adjourn.
"It got oﬀ to a slow start and it was sluggish from there," said Sen. Tom Buford, who
represents Boyle and Jessamine counties.
While the session won't be known for a
ﬂourish of new legislation, the general assembly did succeed in reaching agreement
on a budget during the session, a rare feat
over the last decade. e roughly $19 billion
spending plan, which makes about 8.4 percent cuts to state agencies across the board,
was passed in large part because of a compromise struck between the parties on lowering the amount of money the state can
"I think people realized it was going to be
an austere budget," Rep. Mike Harmon of
Boyle County said of why an agreement was
reached unlike many times in the past. "Part
of it is we have been arguing over miles in
the past and this time we were really just arguing over inches."
While the cuts technically spared the
major funding formula for education, Buford said holding the allocations steady
amounts to a decrease in funding because
of the increased costs.
Other major bills were left stalled along
the way at some stage.
A statewide smoking ban couldn't gain
traction. Laws that would have led to the
creation of more charter schools and increasing the high school drop out age from
16 to 18 also failed.
e talk of the early session was a bill that
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police chief options
By STEPHANIE MOJICA
Daniel T. Troutman of the Boyle County Health Department details how to use one of the radon test kits his agency provides area residents
at no cost.
A committee comprised
of Danville Interim City
Manager Ron Scott and
three city employees will
spend the next several
weeks reviewing 20 applications for the vacant police
ﬁrm the Mercer Group recruited 78 applicants and
forwarded the best 20 to the
city, Scott said during a
e pool includes several
people who already work for
the city, not just Interim Police Chief Tony Gray, according to Scott. At least one
additional applicant lives in
Kentucky, but the majority
are from other states. Scott
declined to discuss additional details about the nature of the applications.
“e quality of these applications is outstanding,”
Mayor Bernie Hunstad said
Former chief Jay Newell
gas can be dangerous
in high concentrations
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Troutman’s office oversees 17 programs, and more than half of his files are radon-related.
ing as a leading cause of the disease.
e U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency estimates 21,000 people in the
U.S. may die every year from lung cancer caused by inhaling particles emitted by radon as it decays. e estimate
has an uncertainty range of 8,000 to
Cigarette smokers who live in
homes inﬁltrated by high levels of
radon are doubly at risk. Radon is clas-
siﬁed as the No. 1 cause of lung cancer
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he sun is shining, the birds are
singing and there’s not a cloud
in the sky. It’s a good day to dust
oﬀ the boom box and go outside to pull
a few weeds and just enjoy being alive
except ... the radio keeps asking me if
my home has radon.
Well, does it? And what is radon,
Radon is a radioactive gas that seeps
up and out from the earth into the ambient air nearly everywhere, nearly all
the time. It is created by the natural decaying process of uranium found in
nearly all soils.
Radon rises from cracks in a basement or holes in a slab or comes into a
home through water from wells or
even from building materials.
Some agencies contend as many as
1 in 15 homes has a suﬃcient concentration of this odorless, tasteless and
otherwise unnoticed gas built up to
eventually cause lung cancer, making
radon second only to cigarette smok-
resigned his position in December, saying he had
health concerns and wanted
to return to his job as a patrol oﬃcer. Gray has been
serving as interim chief
since that time.
Fire Chief Woody Ball,
City Engineer Earl Coﬀey
and City Clerk Donna Peek
will serve on the application
review committee. While
Scott will consider the opinions of the committee members, he plans to make the
ﬁnal hiring decision.
Scott did not have a deﬁnite timeline for the decision, noting that this is a
particularly busy time for
the city because of the
budget planning process.
“It is the job of the city
manager to make objective
decisions regarding personnel,” Scott said. “However, I
want people’s input into the
Hunstad noted Scott is
not required to have a selection committee, but that he
is pleased with Scott’s decision to do so.