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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Kentucky Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 14 items )  

Animal Legal Defense Fund Offers $5,000 Reward in Case of 15 Horses Who Were Shot and Killed
PRESTONSBURG, Kentucky, Dec. 20 -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund issued the following news release: The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation's preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting and killing 15 horses in Floyd County, Kentucky. Officials say 15 slain horses were discovered on Monday in an abandoned strip mine near the border between Pike and Floyd C  more

Country Music Association Announces New Hires
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Dec. 20 -- The Country Music Association issued the following news release: The Country Music Association has announced two new hires in the Finance & Administration department. Sarah Abell joins CMA as Operations Manager and Leslie London joins as Senior Staff Accountant. In her new role as CMA's Operations Manager, Abell will oversee event space utilization, including booking, event execution and maintenance. Additionally, she will maintain outside vendor relationships   more

Foundation Statement: Tobacco 21 Language in Year-End Spending Bill
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Dec. 16 -- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following news release: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky hailed inclusion of language in the year- end funding bill being considered by the U.S. Congress to raise to 21 the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, across the country. The language was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who announced from the Foundation's offices on April 18, 2019, that it was among h  more

Foundation Statement: Tobacco 21 Language in Year-End Spending Bill
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Dec. 17 -- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following news release: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky hailed inclusion of language in the year- end funding bill being considered by the U.S. Congress to raise to 21 the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, across the country. The language was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who announced from the Foundation's offices on April 18, 2019, that it was among h  more

Health Foundation Advisory Council Gains Four New Members
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Dec. 19 -- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following news release: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced four new members of its Community Advisory Council, bringing the total membership to 52. In addition, Tim Marcum has been named chair of the Council for 2020, succeeding LeChrista Finn, DrPH, an assistant professor at Kentucky State University. Tim Marcum, of Louisville, is assistant vice president of planning for Baptist Health. He previously wa  more

Kentucky Horse Council Announces Equine Scholarship Recipients for Spring 2020 Scholarships
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 20 -- The Kentucky Horse Council issued the following news: The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college, or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Spring 2020 Semester. The Equine Scholarship are available to students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related majo  more

National Thoroughbred Racing Association: H-2B Visa Program Relief Expected to Be Signed Into Law As Part of Spending Bill
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 21 -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association issued the following news: Horse trainers who utilize the H-2B guest worker visa program to fill various backstretch positions are expected to have increased access to H-2B visas as a result of language included in the 2020 spending bill passed by Congress this week and expected to be signed by the President. The bill gives the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) the discretion to release additional visas above   more

National Thoroughbred Racing Association: Three-Year Racehorse Depreciation Extension Passed by Both Houses of Congress
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 20 -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association issued the following news: A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 passed the Senate by a vote of 71-23 earlier. The racehorse provision was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 297-120 as part of a larger tax package. "We appreciate the Senate's work to include this important provision," said NTRA President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Wal  more

National Thoroughbred Racing Association: Three-Year Racehorse Depreciation Extension Passed by House of Representatives
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 18 -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association issued the following news: A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 297-120. The racehorse provision is part of a larger tax package agreed to by Republican and Democratic leaders and now expected to be taken up by the Senate in the next several days. Uniform three-year racehorse depreciation was among numerous tax provisi  more

National Thoroughbred Racing Association: Three-Year Racehorse Depreciation Extension Signed Into Law by President
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 21 -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association issued the following news: A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 was signed into law by the President earlier Friday. The racehorse provision, which received bi-partisan support within both Houses of Congress, was passed by the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 71-23 and passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 297-120. "We are very pleased that Co  more

National Wildlife Federation: Budget Agreement Includes Funding for Efforts to Stop Asian Carp
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: A budget agreement passed yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives to fund the U.S. government for fiscal year 2020 includes several priorities for efforts to control, eradicate and stop invasive Asian carp. The budget agreement allocates funding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for efforts to stop Asian carp across the country, f  more

NTA Announces 2020 Board Officers and Directors
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 17 -- The National Tour Association issued the following news release: Following an election that concluded at Travel Exchange last week in Fort Worth, Texas, the board of directors of the National Tour Association was introduced there to NTA members. The board is composed of newly elected directors plus those who continue to serve terms started in previous years. Jim Warren, Anderson Vacations, ascends to the position of chair for 2020, and by a vote of NTA members,   more

University of Kentucky College of Public Health Research Shows Increased Incidence of Adenocarcinoma in Northern Kentucky Suburbs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health issued the following member research involving the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, dated Dec. 17: New research from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health demonstrates that significant and substantial spatial variation exists in the histological types of lung cancer diagnosed in Kentucky, a state with an especially high burden of lung cancer. Using data from the Kentucky Cancer Registry  more

Washington, Utah CIOs Join National Association of State Chief Information Officers Leadership
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 18 -- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers issued the following news release: The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced that Washington Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver and Utah Chief Information Officer Michael Hussey have joined its Executive Committee. Weaver and Hussey were appointed by NASCIO President Eric Boyette, CIO and Secretary of the State of North Carolina, to fill vacancies. Jim Weaver was  more