About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work.

Senate A&R committee finds agreement in Bevin's budget request

02/09/2016 02:52 PM

FRANKFORT – Senators got their first rundown of the in-depth executive branch budget on Tuesday, and had a decidedly more favorable opinion of the document than it’s been received in the state House. There were some questions and requests for specifics from members of the Republican controlled chamber. Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz, questioned state Budget Director John Chilton about how agencies will handle the proposed 4.5 percent cuts for this fiscal year. “Have you seen innovative ways that agencies are... Read more 

House Speaker and House Minority Floor Leader team up to pass campaign contribution bill

02/08/2016 09:30 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill that would double individual campaign contribution limits in Kentucky has passed the Kentucky House by a vote of 71 to 22. House Bill 147, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would double the limit on individual campaign contributions from $1,000 to $2,000 as of this July and double the annual limit on individual contributions to a party’s state executive committee and affiliates from $2,500 to $5,000. The legislation would also double from $10,000 to $20,000 the overall... Read more 

House committee discussion leads to accusations and defense of Bevin Administration

02/08/2016 08:45 PM

FRANKFORT – Democratic and Republican lawmakers got into a heated debate over leadership in the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a committee meeting on Monday. Democratic members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources questioned cabinet officials about why there are no specifics on how their department would be affected by the 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year and the 9 percent cuts in the upcoming biennium. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, criticized Bevin’s administration... Read more 

With show of force, House committee votes down Senate bill repealing prevailing wage

02/04/2016 02:48 PM

FRANKFORT – A state House committee killed one of the state Senate’s priority pieces of legislation with a show of force from union members. Senate Bill 9, sponsored by Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, which would exempt public school and university construction from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law, which generally sets higher wage rates for public works projects, was not passed by the House Standing Committee on Labor and Industry on Thursday. SB 9 failed with a 14-6 vote which went along party... Read more 

Marriage license bill once again delayed in Senate committee

02/03/2016 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT – For the second time, Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Steve West, R-Paris, was not heard by the Senate State and Local Government committee on Wednesday. The legislation came about after several county clerks’ objection to signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Shortly after taking office, Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order removing the requirement of clerks’ signatures, and the legislation would essentially codify that order. Committee... Read more 

Republican senators personally walk informed consent bill to Bevin's office for signature

02/02/2016 05:38 PM

WITH VIDEO – The first pro-life bill to clear the House and Senate in a dozen years was personally walked down to Governor Matt Bevin by members of the GOP on Tuesday for his signature. Senate Bill 4, which allows real-time telemedicine consultations between doctors and women seeking an abortion, was signed on the spot by Kentucky’s governor. GOP members of the Senate decided to walk the bill down to the governor’s office where bill sponsor Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville,... Read more 

Kentuckians with disabilities rally in hopes of getting more support from state government

02/02/2016 05:29 PM

FRANKFORT – More than 800 individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates and service providers rallied on Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda as part of the 874K Coalition to celebrate Disabilities Awareness Day in the commonwealth. The United 874K Coalition is comprised of more than 75 organizations across the state and represents more than 23 percent of Kentucky’s population. Sheila Schuster, executive director of the Advocacy Action Network, is concerned that Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal will hurt some of the... Read more 

Legislation which would raise campaign finance limits passes House committee

02/01/2016 07:25 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would double campaign contribution limits, reflecting inflation since the limits were last set, has passed a House committee. House Bill 147, sponsored by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, which would raise the limits of contributions from individuals and political action committees (PACs) to candidates and campaign committees from $1,000 to $2,000, was passed by the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs on Monday by a 5 to 2 vote. In addition the upper... Read more 

Informed consent passes Senate; first bill to go to Gov. Bevin's desk

02/01/2016 07:23 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, which allows real-time video consultations between doctors and women as an option to fulfill “informed consent” requirements before an abortion takes place. The House amended bill passed by a 33 to 5 vote, with Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, Sen. Denise Harper-Angel, D-Louisville, Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, and Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, casting the five opposition votes. Backers of... Read more 

Amended informed consent bill could pass full Senate on Monday

01/29/2016 11:35 AM

FRANKFORT – Senate Bill 4, which would require women seeking an abortion to consult with a physician 24 hours before the procedure, will come to the full Senate floor for concurrence on Monday. SB 4, which was passed by the House on Thursday evening, added an option for telemedicine, meaning women would either use their phone or telephone to meet in person with medical staff before having an abortion. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, feels reasonably confident that the amended bill... Read more 

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