Monday, November 19, 2007

Sen. Pendleton Files Legislation for 08 Session

State Senator Joey Pendleton is all already working hard on next years session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Pendleton has pre-filed 3 pieces of legislation already.

Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

The bill calls for 100% disabled veterans to be exempt from paying taxes on moter vehicles. "This bill is another way to show our appreciation to the disabled veterans in the Commonwealth." Pendleton said. "During the upcoming session, I will encourage my colleagues in both the House and Senate to support this piece of legislation for our veterans." Under this legislation, and individual who has benn honorably discharged from active service will be exempt from paying moter vehicle usage tax. To qualify, the disabled veteran has to be one hundred percent (100%) permanent disability sustained through military action or accident or resulting from diseased contracted while in active service.

"These men and women are a top priority for me and I will continue to fight for them," said Pendleton, who is a member of the legislative Seniors, Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee.

Co-Sponsors Extension of Purple Heart Trail

Pendleton co-sponsored a resolution with Senator Elizabeth Tori, R-Radcliff, to extend the "Purple Heart Trail" past Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. "The recipients of the Purple Heart deserve our thanks, recognition and respect for their devotion and service to our Commonwealth," said Pendleton.

Animal Cruelty Legislation

Sen. Pendleton also filed legislation to make the penalty for injuring, causing suffering or killing any animal a Class D felony. "In the past couple of months, we have seen too many cases of animal cruelty. It's sad to think that people get away with just a slap on the wrist for such an act." The bill would amend the present law without changing the present exemptions for hunting, research or commercial use. Christian Co. has seen some high profile cases regarding animal cruelty the last few years.

While this legislation is probably warranted, the reality is that many of these cases are hard to prove and making them a felony will probably not help matters. County Attorneys will probably be glad to bump these up to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office but it will be hard for Commonwealth Attorney's to justify taking away time and resources from other felony cases such as murder, rape, drugs, ect.. Most of these will continue to see fines and pre-trial diversions unless they rank up there with Michael Vick & Co.

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