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General Assembly Update: Bill filed to lock in UL- UK games


Sen. Tim Shaughnessy & Sen. Paul Hornback on the Senate floor (Hornback is not a sponsor of the bill)

– In what may be the first KSR post on the 2012 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, Sen. Tim Shaughnessy, D- Louisville, pre-filed SB45:

AN ACT relating to governance responsibilities in postsecondary education.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 164 to specify the common governance responsibilities of all boards of trustees and boards of regents of the Commonwealth’s public postsecondary institutions; require each public university to submit to the Council on Postsecondary Education a plan to increase the number of students earning a bachelor’s degree; require the council to collect specific data on each freshman and transfer student entering each university and thereafter track students until degree completion; report annually to the Legislative Research Commission on the number of students who complete bachelor’s degrees and the average time to degree completion for full-time and part-time students; report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education annually on an institutional profile for each university and a composite system profile which provides current and six-year trends on a variety of student and institutional measures; require the board of trustees or regents of each public university to include bachelor’s degree completion data trends as part of the annual evaluation of the institutional president; require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville to play each other in football and men’s basketball each year.

– Sen. Shaughnessy represents Senate District 19 which is in central Jefferson County. According to the Senate Democratic Caucus website, Sen. Shaughnessy graduated from the University of Louisville but has been a champion for each public institution of higher education.

– Jake Payne from posted about the bill earlier today. The Legislative Research Commission indicates that the bill was introduced to the Senate on the opening day of the session (yesterday) and it was assigned to Senate Committee on Education.

– We’ll try to update you on this bill as it moves through the legislative process, but if you want to express your opinion on it, reach out to the Members of the Senate Committee on Education.

Article written by Tyler Montell

43 Comments for General Assembly Update: Bill filed to lock in UL- UK games

  1. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    7:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Quintessential example of government interfering where it has no business. And this is coming from a die-hard liberal.

  2. NotInsertNameHere
    7:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t be the only person who thinks it’s bullshit that our government is spending time requiring sports match-ups can I?

  3. Bob
    7:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    He must hate his alma mater to wish an annual a$$ whipping on them!

  4. BigBlueKyle
    7:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    They did, however, vote to give themselves raises. Our goverment at work.

  5. Dr Noah Lott
    7:09 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    A fine example of why they can’t get important business taken care of in the regular session thus requiring special sessions at extra cost to us the taxpayers.

  6. Dacci
    7:14 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not opposed to it….BUT I wish they would consider the other public universities in the state. Having a Commonwealth tournament as proposed a few weeks ago would benefit the state more as a whole…

  7. bigheadlittlehead
    7:18 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    They should require breathing or something else that is already happening. Stupid use of time; tax dollars well spent.

  8. RichieFarmer'sTutor
    7:20 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I thought that Louisville does not exist? How, then, can the legislature force the impossible?

  9. Me
    7:23 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, just ask’n… What if Cal and Barney said, “F U to uofl and Kentucky government.” What would happen? Would Cal go jail? Would he get a stern talk’n to? What can government really do?

    By the way, my guess is pitino and his puppet master would more want this game off the schedule than us / UK.

  10. Cat Head
    7:28 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can we please fire all members of our government? Right now?

    Seriously?! This is what we pay these crooks to do?

  11. Cousins Fake Teeth
    7:28 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    How is this really anything other than politicians who like to watch sports, using the system for their own advantage?

  12. wildcatfan11
    7:31 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    great tax dollars at work right there! f#(& taxes and government.

  13. BigBlueBrock
    7:31 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Relatively certain this is against Kentucky’s constitution.

  14. dave
    7:33 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    prob good for the state money-wise. for now. as long as cal-pitino are here the game will get ink & fans will sell it out. we’ll see once rick’s gone….
    uofl f-ball will need this game when wvu, pitt (& no tcu) are gone & if can’t immediately (or at all) get into b12.
    though if they have to play these then schools should price, f-ball mostly, game so that it’s a sell-out every year

  15. Let's go Peay
    7:40 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why would we even stop these games. It’s a fun game to see and it’s good fun hate lol go cats

  16. Bonding resolved
    7:47 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Great that must mean we are allowed to set up separate bonding like louserville.

  17. wldctky
    7:48 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    the goverment needs to stay the f*** out of it!!

  18. roydillard
    7:50 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    someone please tell me that kidd-gil does not have heart problems

  19. Ron Paul Approves
    7:50 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I know it is my name, but I vehemently disapprove this.. So would Ron Paul.


  20. Sexington
    7:52 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    At first glance that column looks like a weiner

  21. Floyd
    7:53 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Those corrupt sons of bitches in frankfort need to keep their noses out of out of UK’s schedule & do something meaningful in their miserable lives for once.

  22. Rixter719
    7:53 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s be fair, G.A., gotta require a UK / U of L matchup in volleyball, Lacrosse, and Tiddlywinks too

  23. Tim
    7:56 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    It’s stuff like this that we are all tired of. I wish we could fire everyone of these clowns when they abuse power. Where do they think it is there place to do this. They don’t even know what there job is anymore. Very very few politicians in all government that are worth having anymore.

  24. Lovelease
    8:11 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Gatewood probably rollin over

  25. Lovelease
    8:12 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    23- vote them out either party. Im ind they are both the problem

  26. JP7
    8:14 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    No wonder our legislature can never get anything meaningful accomplished. They are too busy doing stupid trash like this.

  27. stevo
    8:16 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    What idiots!

  28. JP7
    8:18 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    No wonder our legislature can never get anything meaningful accomplished. They are too busy with trash like this. Great example of why the people need to fire every one of their sorry butts both in Frankfort and Washington. They are pitiful failures and we are paying for their incompetence.

  29. WildcatFan
    8:26 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I knew our legislators were not smart but now we know for sure just how stupid and ignorant they really are. The whole bunch should be removed from office.

  30. FeedUp
    8:26 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    They all have been crying about how bad the budget is, but now they have time to worry about UK-UL football & basketball? They should be asking why the state is wanting to spend $230 million on a tunnel in the east end of Louisville with the east end bridges project to avoid a farm?

  31. Yabba do
    8:43 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    We shouldn’t be required to play them. A future 9 game SEC football schedule will be a killer. Just what we need is to have a 10th opponent who lives to play us. These mf’ers better vote “no”.

  32. bluetooth
    8:55 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    mrs bunch is kinda hot

  33. serdi
    9:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think with all the real pressing issues facing the Commonwealth that it is pathetic that a member of the General Assembly would submit a bill requiring (forcing) UK to play Louisville. No one with UK as their interest would vote for such a bill. I guess Louisville is pulling out all stops to make UK play them. Pitiful.

  34. Paducah UK fan
    9:22 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Should be law that visiting school gets 1/2 tickets and sell ALL tickets in lottery, not the normal blue hair season ticket holders.

    Also play the usual Freedom hall game at Rupp and not include in season ticket holder package. Give the rest of us a chance to watch the CATS in RUPP, not the soup bowl in Loualiville

  35. Tom
    9:31 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    WOW KY sounding like Texas by interfering with college athletics. Time and place were are the jobs. Politics in this state is a joke.

  36. Tom
    9:34 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    where not were, sorry, but i know the grammar police will cite me if i do not self correct

  37. BlueFins
    9:58 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    If I voted in his district I would vote his ass out. We need to have a UK grad Senator to introduce a bill that would allow UK to play in YUM Ctr. Isn’t it run by a state government entity?

    Truly, the idiots that run the country are not looking out for the best interests of the States and Country.

  38. Hunter1249
    10:33 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ky Democrats continue to tackle the tough issues of the day and move KY forward. This is the party that has retained power in this state for 60 out of the last 70 years. Wonder if he will bring this up when Cal and Capiluto go to Frankfort tomorrow? Our politicians are should be paying us.

  39. Rupperee
    10:43 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    The sad thing is that UK will certainly be looking to drop U of L in the near future. The conference is going to nine games with either Missouri or A & M being added every year. Since 6 wins and a crappy bowl is looked at as success by some, U of L has to go. See you at the Compass Bowl!

  40. littlefeller
    12:21 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    What do you expect from somebody that spends $500,000 on a campaign to get a $50,000 a year job!

  41. Chris J
    7:11 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    While I usually hate many things about our state government and think that most of the people in Frankfort need to retire, I actually don’t have a problem with this for the simple fact that adding that section into the bill probably took all of 5 minutes and there will likely be very limited discussion of this. It’s not as if this is the only thing state lawmakers are concerned with. Both our state house and senate have several items on the orders of the day each day and will only devote a few seconds to this issue.

  42. Katbluefan
    7:17 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    As I do not reside in the State of Kentucky now, I was born and lived there for many years and was living there when Crum & UL got the Gov. to get involved in forcing UK to play Looserville. Now here it goes again with this BS. Sounds like the Ky Gov. has nothing better to do when it get’s involved in the sports of the universities. If I lived in KY I would be letting the senators know how I feel about this

  43. JP
    10:36 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    Everybody lighten up just a bit. Have we all become so cynical that we can’t recognize a “tongue in cheek” comment? I am sure that the Senate is probably actually reading this senate bill. Hmmm…do you think the part about the game will probably be stricken???