Herald-Leader Letter to Editor: Statewide ban on secondhand smoke urgent

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Letters to editor: Oct. 26 Statewide ban on secondhand smoke urgent Recently in Frankfort, the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare heard testimony on why Kentucky should enact a statewide smoke-free law, prohibiting smoking indoors in workplaces and public places. As the president of the American Heart Association’s Central Kentucky chapter, I urge state [...]

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Herald Leader Editorial: State smoking ban must not weaken local laws

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

State smoking ban must not weaken local laws Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/26/1935202/state-smoking-ban-must-not-weaken.html#ixzz1buSmrLVF Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, is teeing up another try at enacting a statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places. Like last year, she has the support of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Its members are smarting from the steep health-care costs and lost [...]

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Gov. Beshear signs bill Rep. Westrom co-sponsored to help families buy homes

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Frankfort – State Rep. Susan Westrom’s effort to increase the number of families who qualify for assistance from Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) completed its journey on Monday, March 28th, when legislation she co-sponsored was officially signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear during a special ceremony. “This law comes at a critical time, both for [...]

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Rep. Westrom receives the Assisted Living Federation of America Statesman Award

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A RESOLUTION recognizing and honoring Representative Susan Westrom upon being awarded the Assisted Living Federation of America Statesman Award. WHEREAS, the ALFA Statesman Award is presented to a state elected official who has demonstrated outstanding efforts on behalf of senior living residents; and WHEREAS, ALFA promotes grassroots advocacy at the state level and labors to [...]

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www.govtech.com: State Spending Transparency Greatly Improved from 1 Year Ago, Survey Says

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

By Matt Williams As many states are excelling as are failing in a state-by-state grading of spending transparency, according to an assessment announced Wednesday by U.S. PIRG — the nonprofit, nonpartisan federation of Public Interest Research Groups. Nine states garnered “A” or “B” grades, while 10 received an “F” in the second-annual survey, called Following [...]

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Courier-Journal: Optometrists spent $28,000 last month to lobby bill to expand their practice

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Written by Tom Loftus FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Optometric Association reported Tuesday that it spent $28,091.96 on its successful February lobbying blitz for a bill to allow optometrists to perform certain surgical procedures. In a report filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission, the group said it paid $26,500 to 14 lobbyists for their work [...]

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BBC News: Passive smoking ‘raises breast cancer risk’

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Published Mar. 1, 2011 By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke as a child or adult appears to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, experts say. Their study of nearly 80,000 women found breast cancer risk was a third higher among those who had clocked up decades of passive [...]

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BBC News: Passive smoking ‘kills 600,000′ worldwide

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Published Nov. 26, 2010 The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year. One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) found. The study, in 192 countries, found that passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, said [...]

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Richmond Register: Proposal to Ban Electronic Cigarettes in Madison County

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

RICHMOND, Ky. – A central Kentucky city is mulling a proposal to take its smoking ban a step further by prohibiting electronic cigarettes. The proposal by the Madison County Board of Health has drawn varied reactions, with some supporting the measure and some saying it goes too far. Resident Bethany Gibb said during a public [...]

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Governor’s Statement on Interstate Racing Compact

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Governor Governor’s Statement on Interstate Racing Compact FRANKFORT, Ky (Mar. 5, 2011) –“My administration has been active in the development of an Interstate Racing Compact for some time, from a review that began in 2008 by my Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing to KHRC Executive Director [...]

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