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March 10, 2018

Grimes Working with County Judges to Bring Solar Energy to Eastern Ky.


Important abortion ban passes out of committee

HAZARD, Ky. (March 9, 2018) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday announced a strategic partnership she has formed with three Eastern Kentucky county judge/executives to explore a solar energy investment in the region.

Last year, Grimes began facilitating discussions between a leading solar energy developer and Judge/Executives Scotty Alexander of Perry County, Zach Weinberg of Knott County, and Dan Mosley of Harlan County.

Grimes on Friday traveled to Hazard to meet with the judge/executives, county officials, and executives from the energy developer who were conducting site visits in the region.

"Eastern Kentucky is perfectly positioned for solar energy," said Grimes. "In a region where rising energy costs are driving up power bills and unemployment is a serious issue, solar energy can help to diversify our energy sources, lower utility costs, and create good jobs. I'm excited about what this investment opportunity could mean for this area I love so much."

"Throughout our discussions and exploration in Kentucky, Secretary Grimes has demonstrated a passion for helping drive investment and job creation in Eastern Kentucky through solar energy," said Vee Shapiro-Frye, a leader on the Kentucky project for the developer. "We're committed to working with the Secretary and the judges to identify a solar energy investment in this key region which could lead to further economic development opportunities for Eastern Kentucky."

"Diversified jobs are the key to developing a strong sustainable community," said Mosley. "The potential of this project would create new, good-paying jobs and will expand our energy portfolio. Harlan County has a strong workforce and this is another great opportunity to put our people back to work."

"In the wake of the decline of the Appalachian coal industry, it is imperative that counties in Eastern Kentucky collaborate to develop and create diversified 21st Century economic opportunities," Weinberg said.

The partners hope to make an investment announcement this year.




FRANKFORT— A House committee voted today to ban an abortion procedure known as a “D & E” for women who are at least 11 weeks into their pregnancy except in medical emergencies.

HB 454 sponsor Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, told the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week that her bill would not completely ban abortion at or after 11 weeks, but would target only the D & E—or dilation and evacuation—procedure which she described as an “intentional dismemberment procedure.”

Specifically, HB 454 would prohibit any abortion that “will result in the bodily dismemberment, crushing or human vivisection of the unborn child” when the likely post-fertilization age is 11 week of more, except in a medical emergency. A D & E is described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an abortion method that uses “sharp instrument techniques, but also suction and other instrumentation such as forceps for evacuation.”

“While there is no doubt that I am pro-life, this is not a total ban on abortion in the Commonwealth after 11 weeks, but a prohibition on a procedure that is gruesome, brutal and not necessary since women have other methods available to them,” said Wuchner.

Wuchner said other procedures that a woman can pursue for abortion at or after 11 weeks include dilation and curettage (D & C) and induction abortion.

Those speaking against the bill in committee this week included Marcie Crim of the Kentucky Health Justice Network. Crim said that of the 42 million abortions that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates are performed worldwide each year, at least 20 million are considered “unsafe.”

“Where there are restrictive abortion laws, there are unsafe abortions,” Crim told the committee.

Intentional violation of the HB 454 would be a Class D felony under the legislation, with legal immunity for the pregnant woman on whom the procedure is performed.

House Bill 454 is the second bill proposing limits on abortion procedures to make it to the floor of the Kentucky House in a little over a year. Legislation prohibiting abortions in Kentucky at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother’s life is in danger, passed into law in 2017 under Senate Bill 5.

HB 454, which is also sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Ft. Thomas, now goes to the full House for its consideration.





0 #3 lucas 2018-03-17 01:13
people wont be able to pay the bill, too costly
0 #2 LC reps 2018-03-14 13:35
There are several things that LC reps have turned down or simply didn’t care to try. We live in a county that was dry until a few years ago, so LC goes backwards or just treads water.
+1 #1 wondering 2018-03-11 23:59
Isn't Lawrence County in Eastern Ky? Why aren't our representatives getting us included in the solar energy investments? Lawrence and Martin Counties must be the ugly step-sisters.

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