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Panel rejects bill requiring political appointees to visit Fulton and Pike counties

By Linda B. Blackford
lblackford@herald-leader.com

A proposal to force potential high-ranking political appointees in Kentucky’s state government to travel the state before taking their jobs died in a House committee Thursday.

House Bill 116 would have required certain non-merit employees to prove they have visited Fulton and Pike counties in far Western and Eastern Kentucky before their appointments.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ken Imes of Murray, acknowledged that the bill would only require workers to go to those far-reaching counties, not necessarily to get to know the people and problems there.

Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, seemed to sum up the sentiment of many on the committee when he said he thought the bill was a good idea, but “in practice, I think it will be a burdensome trip for those individuals to make, and they’re not really going to get much out of it.”

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