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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


by Michael Monks 
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Republican State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), whose district includes South Covington, has a filed a bill in Frankfort that would make it easier to dissolve area planning commissions. Late last year, the Northern Kentucky Homebuilders in collusion with the Northern Kentucky Tea Party led a campaign to collect signatures that would place the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the November ballot. Upon review of the signatures, Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe ruled that too many of them turned out to be fraudulent as collected by an out-of-state crew of paid signature collectors. The law dictates that in order to place the dissolution of the planning commission on the ballot, a number of signatures equaling 25% of the number of the voter turnout in the previous election is required. The bill as filed by Thayer in summary would:
Amend KRS 147.620, relating to the dissolution of an area planning commission, by changing the petition signature requirements from 25% of the number of registered voters who voted in the last presidential election to 10% of the number of registered voters who voted in the last regular election.
That adjustment would help any effort to eliminate NKAPC. The River City News will continue to follow. 

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