Around the South for Apr. 4: KY, LA & TN


Kentucky: Bevin restores ex-felons’ rights. Twenty-four non-violent felons who have served their sentences have had their right to vote restored as a result of the first pardons by Gov. Matt Bevin (R) since taking office some one-and-half years ago. Former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), during his eight years in office, pardoned more than 9,000, reports the Courier-Journal ……. Louisiana: Edwards proposes business tax. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is proposing a 0.35% tax on business gross receipts of more than $1.5 million. The proposal is getting criticized by business groups, including the Americans for Tax Reform, which points out that Texas is repealing its similar tax at the same time neighboring Louisiana is considering imposing one, reports the Times-Picayune. The legislature will debate Edwards’ proposal beginning April 10 …….Tennessee: Driverless car bill divides lawmakers. One lawmaker, urging the legislature to draft safety policies for self-driving vehicles, compared them to the controversial “horseless carriage” of a century ago, reports The Tennessee Journal, contending “It’s here now.” Foes, however, including some insurance companies, believe such laws would be premature. Stay tuned! …….