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.

Debt ceiling and transgender bills pass Senate

02/27/2015 04:37 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky state Senate passed bills on Friday that would set the debt ceiling at 6 percent and require public school students to use the restrooms of the sex that they were born. Senate Bill 94, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, would cap the state’s debt at 6 percent of revenue and would direct any savings realized in drawing down the state’s indebtedness to the underfunded Kentucky Employees Retirement System for non-hazardous state workers. KERS has just 21... Read more 

House bill to help fund UK cancer research center clears Senate committee

02/26/2015 12:42 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill which would authorize the General Assembly to help fund a new medical research center at the University of Kentucky was unanimously passed on Thursday by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. House Bill 298, sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, would authorize the state to appropriate $132.5 million, or half of the cost for the construction of a new research building. The university will come up with half of the construction and all other associated... Read more 

Bill to inform parents of options for children diagnosed with Spina Bifida passes Senate committee

02/25/2015 04:16 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which requires that parents be given up-to-date and accurate information when their unborn child is diagnosed with Spina Bifida was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday. Senate Bill 159, sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, would require medical providers to supply written, information so parents can make an informed decision on treatment. Colleen Payne, of the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky, says when parents currently get such a diagnosis, there is... Read more 

'Alicia's law' calling for additional court costs to fund Internet Crimes Against Children task force passes House panel

02/24/2015 03:37 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill designed to give a financial boost to the Kentucky State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force cleared a House panel with unanimous consent Tuesday. House Bill 427 known as “Alicia’s Law” would impose a $10 fee as part of court costs in criminal cases heard in Circuit Court to supplement a fund to protect children from internet crime. The bill is named for Alicia Kozakiewicz, a victim and namesake of the Alicia’s Law campaign led... Read more 

Bill tightening fracking regulations clears House panel

02/24/2015 12:28 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill, which sponsors say is designed to modernize and strengthen Kentucky’s oil and gas regulations, was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday. House Bill 386, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Morehead, is what Adkins called a “consensus” bill. In July 2014, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters appointed a working group of state officials and representatives from the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association (KOGA), the Kentucky Resources Council, the Kentucky Chamber... Read more 

Bevin unveils his seven point economic plan for Kentucky

02/23/2015 05:55 PM

FLORENCE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin officially kicked off his campaign for governor on Monday with a three city stop where he unveiled his seven point plan to create jobs and economic opportunity for Kentucky. Bevin, who was joined by his running mate Janean Hampton on the inaugural campaign tour unveiled his “blueprint” which calls for enacting right-to-work legislation, modernizing Kentucky’s tax code, resolving the pension crisis, reforming Kentucky government by eliminating personnel and waste, modernizing Kentucky’s education system, improving... Read more 

Freshman Sen. Will Schroder looks to use his background as a prosecutor to be an effective legislator

02/23/2015 01:38 PM

FRANKFORT — Freshman state Senator Wil Schroder, R- Wilder, has not kept a low profile in his first couple of months in the legislature. Schroder’s first bill, Senate Bill 9, was a top priority for the Senate in the 2015 session. The legislation which would have provided a prevailing wage exemption for educational buildings passed on the Senate floor before being voted down in a House committee earlier this month. Schroder is also vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and... Read more 

Tempers flare in the Senate as temperatures plummet

02/20/2015 02:55 PM

FRANKFORT – The discussion turned heated Friday as lawmakers argued on the floor of the Senate over the decision to call members of the chamber into session as the House closed shop the last two-days of the work week because of weather conditions. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, defended his decision to bring the Senate back on Thursday saying that he had consulted with experts and decided that it would be safe for Senate members to travel to Frankfort. “We were... Read more 

Bill aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence clears Senate committee

02/20/2015 02:46 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would require a twelve-hour hold on a defendant being released on bail for domestic violence was passed on Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 137 , sponsored by Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, would require a twelve-hour wait for domestic violence perpetrators if the pretrial assessment indicates a risk of possible future harm to the victim. “The biggest advantage to this legislation is allowing the victim, as well as possibly the children, of being able to... Read more 

Bill requiring transgender students to use restrooms of their birth sex fails in committee

02/19/2015 05:08 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would have banned transgender students from using school restrooms that don’t correspond to their anatomical sex failed to receive enough votes to get out of the Senate Committee on Education Thursday. Senate Bill 76, known as the “Kentucky Student Privacy Act”, sponsored by Sen. C. B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, would have required students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers of the sex that they were born. The bill would allow transgender students to ask for special... Read more 

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