Is Hemp Happening In Kentucky Or Not, Meemaws?

Yesterday, House Bill 105 passed 87 to 9 in the State House. It’s kind of a major deal. Allows for bench trials to determine competency for guardianship. Maybe some of the most important legislation to hit this decade. When you have a loved one who is aging or dying and your drug-addled family is ruining things? You’ll discover just how important this is. Joni Jenkins has outdone herself with a piece of legislation yet again. [Pass It, Senate!]

With a unanimous vote, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday approved legislation to license Kentucky farmers to grow hemp. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who has pushed for the issue, said afterward that he was very excited about the vote. [H-L]

Guns, immigration, support for diplomats abroad, and the nation’s financial situation. These are key issues facing President Obama as he delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. Surprisingly, these were also key issues facing President George Washington some 223 years ago, when he gave the very first state of the union speech. [NPR]

Nursing home companies have ramped up their public advertising in support of a state Senate bill that would set up a medical review panel to screen malpractice lawsuits against long-term care facilities. [Ryan Alessi]

U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to three states over three days after giving his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, going on the road to drum up support for his economic and other policy proposals, the White House said on Sunday. Of course, he’s still afraid to come back to Kentucky. [Reuters]

For most of these politicians, though, running for president in 2016 would be complicated β€” specifically, it would be complicated by their day jobs. Just about all of them will either be up for reelection in 2016 or will be in the middle of their terms as governors, which is hardly ideal for launching a presidential campaign. [WaPo]

The trial of two parents accused of sex-trafficking their teenage daughters has been pushed back to June because of new evidence recently uncovered in the case. [Richmond Register]

John Boehner has put Michele Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee again. Everybody needs a delusional beard, duh. [Wonkette]

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats, has been confirmed at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. [H-L]

From the sparks lit at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the whirl of same-sex marriage laws, the gay rights movement has made a lot of advances. But has it now reached a plateau? [NPR]

The state legislature is tackling tough issues like soft drinks and beer chese. It’s good to know the Kentucky House of Representatives is keeping its eye on the ball. [C-J/AKN]

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana plan to step up their political giving and lobbying efforts now that members of Congress are taking an interest in changing federal drug laws. [The Hill]