House: Pass Senate'sbourbon-tasting bill
State House members Wednesday voted down a bill that would allow Kentucky distillers to offer free promotional samplings of their distilled spirits at such events as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
But they will get a second chance because the Senate passed its own version of the legislation, which now goes to the House.
Given that second opportunity, House members ought to seize it by approving the Senate measure, thereby giving one of Kentucky's signature industries a new means for showcasing it products.
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After all, it's one thing to send a message against the distillers' heavy-handed lobbying, as the 43-51 vote seemed intended to do.
It's quite another to deprive yourselves and your colleagues from around the country the opportunity to enjoy free sips of some of Kentucky's finest at the National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Louisville this summer.
Money for private school unconstitutional
As the House was voting to approve a new two-year spending plan Wednesday, Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand announced that a $100,000 appropriation for the Riverside Christian School in Breathitt would be removed from the bill by the Senate.
That not only picked up two more votes for the budget, it could save the state some legal fees — assuming the Senate lives up to Rand's word.
In a case involving an $11 million appropriation to the University of the Cumberlands, the state Supreme Court made it clear last month that such appropriations are unconstitutional.
If the $100,000 for Riverside remains in the new spending plan, it almost certainly will lead to a legal challenge.
And the state will almost certainly lose again.