- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
House OKs bill to form adult protection registry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at creating an adult protection registry in Kentucky has passed the state House.

The goal is to provide more assurances that the elderly and disabled are receiving proper care.

The measure cleared the House on a 99-0 vote Tuesday. It returns to the Senate, which will consider changes by the House.

The registry would list people found to have abused, neglected or exploited vulnerable adults.

Care providers for those adults would have to check the registry to make sure potential employees and contractors don’t have a history of abusing the elderly or disabled.

Care providers expected to check the registry would include adult day health care programs, assisted-living communities, group homes for people with developmental disabilities, home-health agencies and long-term-care facilities.

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House OKs bill related to Big Sandy Power Plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would require the state’s Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision allowing Kentucky Power Co. to shutter part of the Big Sandy Power Plant at Louisa.

The bill co-sponsored by Democratic House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins cleared the House on a 62-34 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate.

The measure would require the PSC to reconsider any multistate deal rejected by another state. Adkins says the decision to close part of the plant sent “shockwaves” through the region and will cost jobs, revenue and demand for Kentucky coal.

Kentucky Power president Greg Pauley has said the plant needed a $1 billion renovation to comply with federal emissions standards. Instead, Pauley decided to close part of the plant and purchase half of the Mitchell Power Plant for $536 million.

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The legislation is House Bill 573.

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