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June 29, 2012

Civil War pensions, wild hogs among new law issues

June 29, 2012 — FRANKFORT - In a couple of weeks — and 147 years after the Civil War ended — Kentucky will remove language from its statutes regarding pensions for Confederate soldiers and their widows.

The repeal of the 1912 Confederate Pension Act is just one of the measures passed in the 2012 General Assembly which will go into effect on July 12. Major legislation on sales of cold remedies used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, copper theft, feral pigs, veterans’ measures and seat belts will also become law.

Under the state constitution, legislation passed by the General Assembly becomes law 90 days after a legislative session ends, unless the bill specifies a different effective date or contains an emergency clause that makes it effective upon signature by the governor. This year’s regular session adjourned on April 12, making the effective date for most laws July 12.

House Bill 85 repealed section 206 of Kentucky Revised Statutes, which provided for a $50 per month pension for Confederate soldiers or their widows. The fund hasn’t paid benefits for some time obviously. The repeal measure was sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.

It will also cost you if you’re caught releasing a wild hog into the wild after July 12. The state has seen a growing population of feral pigs which threaten farmland, natural habitats and human health, according to experts. The legislation was sponsored by several farm region lawmakers and makes the crime a Class A misdemeanor.

Senate Bill 3, aimed at stopping the home manufacture of methamphetamine, ended up as a compromise measure, weaker than the bill’s original sponsors hoped for. The bill lowers the amount of cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine in pill or tablet form, which can be purchased without a prescription. (Gel cap forms of the drug aren’t affected because it is much more difficult to use those in manufacturing meth.)

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