DEA Data Show Kentucky Has Highest Rate of Illicit Marijuana Plants in US

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Kentucky, where both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal, grows more illicit marijuana plants per 100,000 people than any other state, according to DEA data analyzed by American Addiction Centers. In 2018, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) eradicated 418,076 cannabis plants in Kentucky, about 9,356 plants per 100,000 people.
California, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 and recreational marijuana in 2016, came in second place with 4,572 illegal cannabis plants per 100,000 people. The DEA confiscated over 1.8 million marijuana plants in the state last year.
Massachusetts and Wyoming tied for last place with zero cultivated plants seized by the DEA in 2018. Wyoming has not legalized marijuana, but Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and adult-use (also called recreational) cannabis in 2016.
Across the United States, the DEA seized 2.82 million cannabis plants in 2018, down from 3.38 million plants in 2017.
Kentucky also earned first place in the number of destroyed illegal grow sites in the country. 15 grow sites per 100,000 people were destroyed in Kentucky, more than double the next-highest state, West Virginia (7.4 per 100,000 people). West Virginia legalized medical marijuana in 2017 but has not legalized recreational use.
Delaware, DC, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming all had zero grow sites destroyed per 100,000 people. Except Wyoming, each of those states and DC have legalized medical marijuana, and 3 states and DC have legalized recreational use: Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Despite not having any plants seized, Wyoming bulk-processed the most marijuana at 1,095 pounds per 100,000 people, 46.8% more than the next highest state, Arizona, which had 746 pounds per 100,000 people. Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010. American Addiction Centers theorized that the marijuana being bulk-processed in Wyoming might come from nearby states that have legalized marijuana, such as Colorado.
Delaware, DC, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont bulk-process the least amount of marijuana (0 pounds per 100,000 people). Among those states, only South Dakota and Tennessee have not legalized marijuana for medical use. Three of those states and DC also have recreational marijuana: Illinois, Maine, and Vermont.
The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program seized $52,308,982 in assets related to illicit cannabis plants last year.
33 states and DC have legal medical marijuana, and 11 states and DC have legal recreational marijuana.
Read what the 2020 candidates think about recreational marijuana legalization on our 2020 election site.

PLEASE CONTINUE READING…

These marijuana cases will no longer be prosecuted by the Jefferson County (KY) attorney

legalize-marijuana-leaf-red-white-blue-flag-300x300

Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal Published 9:15 a.m. ET Aug. 28, 2019

Possession of a small amount of marijuana will no longer be prosecuted in Jefferson County when that is the only or primary charge, the county attorney’s office will announce Wednesday.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is expected to detail the new strategy at a 10 a.m. news conference, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The policy will call for his office to no longer prosecute possession of marijuana cases involving one ounce or less, so long as that is the only charge or the most serious charge against the defendant.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office also will decline to prosecute cases involving possession of drug paraphernalia when that is clearly only used for marijuana consumption.

Is CBD oil legal?: Here’s everything you need to know about CBD oil in Kentucky

However, the new policy will not affect marijuana cases involving trafficking, cultivation, driving under the influence, public consumption or intoxication.

O’Connell is expected defend the policy as a means to find the most efficient use of his office’s limited resources and work toward equal enforcement of laws along racial lines, citing statistics showing that black individuals are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession compared to white individuals.

A Courier Journal investigation of 21,607 marijuana possession cases in 2017 found that African Americans accounted for two-thirds of those charged, with black drivers cited for possession at six times the rate of white people.

This disparity on marijuana charges along racial lines occurs despite national studies showing that both groups smoke marijuana at roughly the same rate.

Check out: Central Kentucky – and possibly Southern Indiana – is getting a CBD oil production

In June, Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance by a 15-9 vote making arrests for possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority for officers.

Kentucky statutes classify marijuana possession as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 45 days in jail and a $250 fine, though a law passed in 2012 allows individuals to have such charges voided from their record after 60 days.

This story will be updated.

CONTINUE READING…

2013-2019 Kentucky Marijuana Bills

THE TIMELINE OF KENTUCKY MARIJUANA BILLS 2013-2019

kyusmjparty1

2019

HCR121(BR-1186)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – introduced in House

Moser , Kimberly Poore

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Medicinal Marijuana Task Force.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19RS/hcr121.html

SB 80(BR-836)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Sen. Dan Seum [R]
Sen. Perry Clark [D]

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.  (Adult recreational use)

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB80/2019

HB 136(BR-58)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – introduced in House

MULTIPLE SPONSORS

AN ACT relating to medicinal marijuana and making an appropriation therefor.

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/HB136/2019

SB 82(BR-834)/LM/CI

Friday, January 11, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Jimmy Higdon

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to make the penalty for possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana a prepayable non-criminal fine;

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB82/2019

SB 170(BR-804)/LM/CI

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Sen. Steve West [R]
Sen. Dan Seum [R]
Sen. Perry Clark [D]
Sen. C.B. Embry [R]

Sen. Denise Harper Angel [D]

AN ACT relating to medicinal marijuana and making an appropriation therefor.

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB170/2019

HCR5(BR-180)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – introduced in House

Rep. Danny Bentley [R]
Rep. Kimberly Moser [R]
Rep. Lynn Bechler [R]
Rep. Robert Goforth [R]

Rep. Mark Hart [R]
Rep. Kim King [R]
Rep. Melinda Prunty [R]
Rep. Steve Sheldon [R]

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION calling for the expediting of research regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/HCR5/2019

2018

SB 80

01/17/18 introduced in Senate

D. Seum, P. Clark

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis. (Adult Use)

This past week in Frankfort, State Senator Dan Seum of Fairdale, Ky. — who represents Bullitt County and a portion of Jefferson County in Senate District 38 — introduced Senate Bill 80, which seeks to allow full and regulated cannabis use in Kentucky.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/18rs/sb80.html

HB 166

01/10/18  introduced in House

J. Sims Jr, G. Brown Jr, T. Burch, M. Cantrell, J. Donohue, K. Flood, A. Gentry, J. Gooch Jr., D. Graham, J. Greer, C. Harris, A. Hatton, T. Herald, J. Jenkins, M. Marzian, J. Miller, C. Morgan, R. Nelson, J. Nemes, R. Palumbo, R. Rand, D. Schamore, A. Scott, S. Wells, S. Westrom

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/18rs/hb166.html

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky was shelved Wednesday after it ran into strong opposition from law enforcement officials during a round of testimony before a legislative panel.

A day after hearing from medical marijuana supporters, the panel took comments from law enforcement officials and a Warren County prosecutor. They warned that legalization could exacerbate Kentucky’s drug addiction woes. LINK

SB 272

03/01/18 introduced in Senate

M. McGarvey,                                                                                                                       R. Thomas

AN ACT relating to medical marijuana

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/18RS/sb272.html

SB 118

01/30/18 introduced in Senate

S. West, D. Seum, P. Clark, C. Embry Jr., D. Harper Angel, M. McGarvey, G. Neal, R. Thomas

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/18RS/SB118.html


2017

SB 76/CI/LM (BR 408)

Dec 09, 2016 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
Jan 03, 2017 – introduced in Senate

P. Clark

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

Establish KRS Chapter 245 to regulate the cultivation, testing, processing, taxing, and sale of cannabis to persons aged 21 years and older; create, amend, and repeal various sections to conform.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/17RS/SB76.htm

SB 57/CI/LM (BR 409)

Dec 06, 2016 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
Jan 03, 2017 – introduced in Senate

P. Clark, D. Harper Angel, S. West

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/17RS/SB57.htm

HB 411 (BR 1166)

02/16/17  introduced in House

J. Sims Jr, A. Gentry, D. Johnson, A. Simpson

AN ACT relating to the medical use of marijuana.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311 to allow physicians to recommend use of cannabis; hold physicians harmless for making the recommendation.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/17rs/hb411.html

 SB 243 (BR 1469)

02/16/17  introduced in Senate

M. McGarvey

AN ACT relating to medical marijuana for palliative or end of life care.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/17rs/sb243.html

2016

*March 2, 2016

On Wednesday, March 2, Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville introduced two new Bills, one for Hemp and another for medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 262 is AN ACT relating to industrial hemp.

Senate Bill 263 is AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

*March 1, 2016

HB 584 AN ACT relating to the medical use of marijuana in Kentucky

Introduced March 1, 2016

HB 584(BR-1994)

*January 6, 2016

SB 13, Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act

Introduced on January 6, 2016

LINK TO PDF OF SB13

2015

*February 5, 2015

HB 305/CI (BR 395) – B. Yonts

Introduced on February 5, 2015

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.
Amend and create various KRS sections to convert certain misdemeanors to pre-payable violations and set fines.

Feb 5-Introduced in House

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/hb305.html

SB 79/CI (BR 805) – P. Clark

Introduced on January 9, 2015

AN ACT relating to marijuana.

Amend KRS 218A.1422 to make the possession of two ounces of marijuana or less a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $75; amend KRS 218A.1423 to make cultivation of five marijuana plants or less a Class B misdemeanor; name the Act the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act.

Jan 9-Introduced in Senate
Feb 3-to Judiciary (S)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/sb79.html

HB 3

Introduced on January 6, 2015

House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s medical marijuana bill wasn’t going to pass this year anyway, he said Thursday, so his House Bill 3 is likely dead after no vote was taken in a committee hearing.

“Gatewood Galbraith Medical Cannabis Act”;

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/hb3.html

2014

SB124

2014-02-05      Senate introduced in Senate

2014-04-10      Senate signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 112)

Legislators did make an effort to help some seriously ill patients who could benefit from cannabidiol (“CBD,” a non-psychoactive component of marijuana). On Thursday, April 10, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a proposal that is intended to allow patients to use CBD if directed to do so by a physician.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/14rs/sb124.html

SB 43

Medical Marijuana Bill Kentucky 2015, SB 43/LM/CI (BR 287)

Introduced on January 7, 2014

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

Cannabis Compassion Act.

Jan 7-introduced in Senate
Jan 13-to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/14rs/sb43.html

2013

SB 11

*January 8, 2013

Senator Perry Clark submitted SB11 to the judiciary committee last week

Introduced on January 8, 2013

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/13rs/sb11.html

Create various new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to establish a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky

Greetings   Well the bill has been submitted and now it’s our turn. Senator Perry Clark submitted SB11 to the judiciary committee last week. http://www.mpp.org/states/kentucky/  It is one of the most aggressive legalization bills to date and we are asking all supporters to get on board to help us push this bill through.   You can see a summary of the bill here: http://kentuckyveteransformedicalmarijua.blogspot.com/2012/09/gatewood-galbraith-memorial-medical.html
In the coming days I will be sending out information on what needs to be done. We will also be sending out another petition so be sure to sign it as we will be using it to further the legislation along.   This is a short session folks but I know that working together we can get this done. I would like to hear from any veterans we might have, especially if you belong to the VFW. There is big news concerning the VA.
Folks I am excited about our chances. I’m hearing more and more positive feedback from legislators every day. We are getting closer to making this bill a reality. If you have any questions you may contact me here at kyveteransformedicalmarijuan@gmail.com     United, We Stand!   Ron Moore Kentucky Veterans for Medical Marijuana   www.kentuckyveteransformedicalmarijuana.net     Find your legislator at this link: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm
or Call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message.

Legislation introduced to legalize marijuana in Kentucky

LINK:  http://www.wave3.com/story/18961002/legislation-introduced-to-legalize-marijuana-in-kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky Sen. Perry B. Clark introduced legislation that would make marijuana a legal drug for doctors to prescribe.

Thursday afternoon, the Louisville Democrat held a news conference at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort to introduce the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act. Clark was joined at the news conference by Galbraith’s daughter, Molly Galbraith, and other supporters of medical marijuana.

They said medical research has proven it has many benefits for everything from Parkinson’s disease to tumor regression, prostate cancer, nausea and pain.

Gatewood Galbraith, a perennial candidate for governor of Kentucky and an outspoken proponent of the legalization of marijuana, privacy rights and other civil liberties died at his home near Lexington in January at the age of 64.

Twenty states have approved some type of medical marijuana usage and several other states have similar legislation pending.

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.

“We will be introducing an ordinance for the Louisville Metro Council’s consideration that makes cannabis possession the lowest law enforcement priority of the Louisville (KY) Metro Police Department.”

Tom Rector Jr.

4 hrs ·

It’s official!

We will be introducing an ordinance for the Louisville Metro Council’s consideration that makes cannabis possession the lowest law enforcement priority of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The Louisville Metro Council meeting is Thursday August 9th at 6 p.m. at 600 West Jefferson in downtown Louisville. This is the next step we need to take at cities across Kentucky. Local councils have oversight authority of their local police departments. The lowest law enforcement priority ordinance (LLEPO) does three things.

1) It directs the Local police to not arrest anyone for cannabis possession or cultivation

2) It creates a process for anyone who does get arrested to have their charges dropped

3) It requires the Metro Council to send a letter annually to Frankfort, Washington and the UN asking them to enact similar legislation.

Cities all over the United States have enacted no fine or decriminalization measures. If anyone wants a copy of the ordinance DM me with your email address and I’ll send you the document. You can modify it for your city. If we can get this passed in Louisville, Lexington, Henderson and other cities it will provide great momentum going into the 2019 legislative session.

The picture was taken the night we got the medical resolution passed in Louisville. Come out and support us on August 9th and let’s get another picture!

Image may contain: 9 people, including Tom Rector Jr., people smiling, people standing

CONTINUE READING…

No automatic alt text available.

THU, AUG 9 AT 6 PM

LLEPO – Louisville Metro Council Meeting

600 W Jefferson St

Kentucky drug overdose deaths jump 11.5 percent in 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use.

A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. That’s an 11.5 percent increase from 2016. Kentucky overdose deaths have increased by more than 40 percent since 2013.

Opioids are the main culprit in most deaths. Deaths attributed to heroin have declined. But more than half of the overdose deaths in 2017 were caused by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.

Every year, Kentucky lawmakers have been passing more laws designed to address the epidemic. Anti-drug advocates celebrate those changes, but their celebration is tempered once a year when the new numbers come out detailing how many more have died.

Nationally, opioids accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016.

CONTINUE READING…

RELATED:

One could theorize that the passage of HB50 which included a provision to “provide funding for the purchase and administration of naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension”,   for Heroin overdoses was a calculated response to what they knew was going to happen when they discontinued “narcotics” at the Doctor’s office…more Heroin deaths.   Per the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary on July 27, 2015…  LINK

All roads in Kentucky lead you through Hell

Sally Oh was Live on Facebook: “Medical Cannabis, States’ Rights & the Civil War”

PLEASE TAKE 10 MINUTES TO LISTEN TO SALLY OH’S VIDEO!

Sally Oh

Above is the LINK to Sally Oh’s live video on Facebook explaining States Rights and the medical cannabis war.

There is also an article at this LINK from the Tenth Amendment Center which explains States Rights.

States Don’t Have to Comply: The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine

Laws passed in pursuance of the Constitution do stand as the supreme law of the land. But that doesn’t in any way imply the federal government lords over everything and everybody in America. LINK

REPEAL  CANNABIS PROHIBITION IN  KENTUCKY NOW!  SAVE OUR STATE!

14508547_1791808767769777_448769384_n

There is also a very good layout of the Kentucky Cannabis Bills for 2018 at the KENTUCKY FREE PRESS website.  Here is that LINK.


5538093

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/12/28/states-dont-have-to-comply-the-anti-comandeering-doctrine/

https://www.facebook.com/dreambiggerxo/videos/1600760853378573/

http://www.kyfreepress.com/2018/02/medical-cannabis-ky-2018/

Important Bills to watch in Kentucky

Every so often I post emails containing the Bills being worked on in Kentucky, from the Legislature.  I thought I would post a list for the Medical Marijuana and adult use Cannabis Bills, and a few other Bills of interest as well.  There are several hundred this year and there is no way anyone could keep up with all of them.  I encourage you to go to the link and browse them for yourself.  It can be interesting and informative reading!

Home Page Banner

By clicking on the above LINK you will access the website of the Kentucky Legislature.

Then you can access Bill Watch and register to track the bills that interest YOU.

Bill Watch – This free service enables Kentucky.gov registered users unlimited tracking of legislation during the Kentucky Legislative Session.

cannabis-sativa-plant-1404978607akl

Cannabis Bills include:

SB 80 (BR 906) Sponsors:  Dan Malano Seum  / An Act To Regulate Cannabis.

HB 166 (BR 184) Sponsors: Multiple / AN ACT relating to medical cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

SB 118 (BR 1392) Sponsor: Multiple / AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

HCR 34 (BR 447) Sponsors: Multiple / A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION calling for the expediting of research regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

SB 23 (BR 163)  Sponsors:  Julian M Carroll; Reginald Thomas; Denise Harper Angel; / AN ACT relating to cannabidiol use.  Create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to permit a physician to recommend the use of cannabidiol or cannabidiol products;

Hemp Bills include:

HCR 35 (BR 878) Sponsors:  DJ Johnson; Kimberly Poore Moser / A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging Congress to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana.

Other Issues:

HB 35 (BR  173)  Sponsors:  C. Wesley Morgan / AN ACT relating to public assistance.  Amend KRS 205.200 to create a substance abuse screening program for adult recipients of public assistance, food stamps, and state medical assistance.

HCR  106 (BR  1116)  Sponsors:  Multiple / A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging Congress and the President of the United States to enact a long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

HB 243 (BR 313) Sponsors:  Toby Herald; Adam Koenig / AN ACT relating to the consolidation of counties.

HB 242 (BR 331) Sponsors:  Toby Herald / AN ACT relating to school districts.

SB 2 (BR 308) Sponsors:  Multiple / AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 54 of the Constitution of Kentucky. / The General Assembly shall have power to Limit the amount to be recovered for injuries resulting in death. / allow the General Assembly the power to limit damages for injuries resulting in death or for injuries to persons or property, and to provide a uniform statute of limitations;

HB 124 (BR 139) Sponsors: Addia Wuchner;  Kimberly Poore Moser / AN ACT relating to enhanced standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and programs and declaring an emergency.

HB 213 (BR 1202) Sponsors:  Multiple / AN ACT relating to data-sharing of prescription drug monitoring information.  Amend KRS 218A.245 to allow KASPER data-sharing agreements with different types of jurisdictions.

HB 148 (BR 440)  Sponsors: Addia Wuchner; Kimberly Poore Moser /AN ACT relating to prescription medications in hospice programs.   Create a new section of KRS Chapter 381 to shift ownership of controlled substances from a deceased hospice patient to a hospice program so the hospice program may dispose of the controlled substances.

HB 115 (BR 260)  Sponsors:  Robby Mills / AN ACT relating to reporting prescriptions to terminate a pregnancy.  Amend KRS 213.101 to require a physician to report a prescription for mifeprex, misoprostol, or any other drug or combination of drugs that are intended to end a pregnancy…

SB 5 (BR 216) Sponsors:  Multiple / AN ACT relating to pharmacy benefits in the Medicaid program.  Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to directly administer all outpatient pharmacy benefits; prohibit renewal or negotiation of new contracts to provide Medicaid managed care that allow administration of outpatient benefits by any entity but the Department for Medicaid Services;

HB 85 (BR 126)  Sponsors:  Scott Wells; / AN ACT relating to elimination of the certificate of need.  Amend KRS 13B.020 to delete reference to certificate of need hearings; amend KRS 79.080 to replace the Kentucky Health Facilities and Health Services Certificate of Need and Licensure Board with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services;

HB 167 (BR 400) Sponsors:  Multiple / AN ACT relating to abandoned infants. Amend KRS 405.075 to establish a definition and allow the use of a “newborn safety device” related to the anonymous surrendering of a newborn infant in the Commonwealth.

HR 98 (BR 1061) Sponsors:  Multiple / A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America promoting equality of citizenship by establishing that artificial entities, such as corporations, associations, or other similar groups, are not persons and can be regulated, and that money is not speech and can be regulated.

SB 4 (BR 110) Sponsors: Multiple / AN ACT proposing to amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to the election of state officers.  Propose to amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky to hold the election of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor of Public Accounts, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics in even-numbered years, every four years, beginning in 2024;

HB 195 (BR 1056) Sponsors: Multiple / Amend KRS 344.010 to include definitions for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”; amend KRS 344.020, relating to the purpose of the Kentucky’s civil rights chapter, to include a prohibition against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

HB 303 (BR 1059) Sponsors: Multiple / Amend KRS 337.010, relating to the definition of “employees” of retail stores and service industries, to increase the applicable threshold of business that applies to from $95,000 to $500,000; amend KRS 337.275 to raise the state minimum wage to not less than $8.80 an hour on August 1, 2018, not less than $10.35 an hour beginning on August 1, 2019, not less than $11.90 an hour beginning on August 1, 2020, not less than $13.45 an hour beginning on August 1, 2021, and not less than $15.00 per hour beginning on August 1, 2022;

SB 48 (BR 265) Sponsors: Multiple / AN ACT relating to child marriage. Amend KRS 402.020 to establish a new minimum age for marriage; amend KRS 402.030 to establish the power of courts to declare a marriage void when one party is under 18 years of age; amend KRS 402.210 to prohibit individuals under the age of 17 years from marrying; establish the process for a 17- year old to petition a court for permission to marry and the criteria for granting the petition; repeal KRS 402.260 which provides for the estate of minors who marry to be placed in receivership until they reach the age of 18 years.