Losers of the 2014 General Assembly

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — These bills failed to pass during the Kentucky General Assembly session that ended Tuesday.

MINIMUM WAGE

Sought to gradually increase Kentucky's minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour in July 2016. There would have been 95-cent increases in three phases. HB1.

REGULATIONS

Sought to put restrictions on the governor's power to issue regulations deemed out of step with the wishes of lawmakers. SB1.

SMOKING BAN

Would have placed a statewide ban on smoking in public places and places of employment. HB173.

FELONS-VOTING RIGHTS

Sought to amend the state constitution to automatically restore voting rights for some felons who completed their sentences and terms of probation. HB70.

POLITICAL CANDIDATES

Would have clarified that Kentucky law preventing someone from running for multiple offices does not apply to candidates running for president or vice president. The bill was aimed at allowing Rand Paul to run for president and another U.S. Senate term at the same time, if he pursues both races. SB205.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Was aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to cut back on landline investments. SB99.

LOCAL SALES TAX

Would have given local governments the option of charging a 1 percent sales tax to pay for specific projects. HB399.

ON THE FARM

Sought to punish animal-rights activists with jail and fines for secretly filming farm operations. The provisions were attached to legislation meant to prevent animal shelters from using gas chambers as a form of euthanasia. HB222.

ABORTION

Would have required doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women. Another proposal sought to update the state's informed-consent law to require face-to-face meetings between medical professionals and women seeking abortions. The ultrasound legislation was SB8. The legislation requiring face-to-face meetings was SB3.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Sought to create a panel of medical experts to review proposed medical malpractice claims against health care providers before they could be pursued in court. SB119.

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