Government shutdown as Senate fails to reach budget agreement

Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement Friday before the midnight deadline to pass a spending bill forcing a government shutdown. Thousands...

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House Minority Floor Leader not concerned about growing list of Democrats not seeking re-election

FRANKFORT – A number of House Democrats, led by 43-year veteran Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have decided not to seek ree-lection this year, but...

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Three weeks into the 2018 session and no signs that a pension bill is close

FRANKFORT – We’re twelve days into the 2018 General Assembly 60 day session, and there is still no sign that a pension bill is eminent. Acting...

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Bill increasing consent age passes House

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”,...

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Retiring former Speaker of the House Jody Richards says that education legislation was always his top priority

FRANKFORT – When former Speaker of the House Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green decided that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, it marks...

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Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of...

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Government shutdown as Senate fails to reach budget agreement

01/20/2018 07:54 AM

Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement Friday before the midnight deadline to pass a spending bill forcing a government shutdown. Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough Monday as agencies and departments considered nonessential shutdown. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, sought to position a shutdown as Democrats fault. McConnell attempted to frame the choice as one between extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 9 million kids for six-years, or Democrats push for... Read more 

Rand Paul attacker charged with assaulting a member of congress

01/19/2018 05:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- Rene A. Boucher, the man who attacked Rand Paul while mowing his lawn has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law. Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, charged Boucher Friday. “Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.” U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was allegedly... Read more 

House Minority Floor Leader not concerned about growing list of Democrats not seeking re-election

01/19/2018 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – A number of House Democrats, led by 43-year veteran Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have decided not to seek ree-lection this year, but House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, isn’t overly surprised by the announcements. Adkins, who has served in the House since 1987, said he hates to see all of that experience go, but he’s hopeful that new blood will re-energize his party and bring new ideas to the General Assembly. The Sandy Hook... Read more 

Three weeks into the 2018 session and no signs that a pension bill is close

01/19/2018 03:06 PM

FRANKFORT – We’re twelve days into the 2018 General Assembly 60 day session, and there is still no sign that a pension bill is eminent. Acting Speaker of the House Rep. David Osborne, R- Louisville, says that work continues to go on behind the scenes on the issue, and admits that without a pension bill working on the budget will not be easy. “Certainly, funding the pension makes the budget ore difficult,” Osborne said. “That’s the reason that we’ve gotten in... Read more 

Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older. Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence. The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to... Read more 

Retiring former Speaker of the House Jody Richards says that education legislation was always his top priority

01/18/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – When former Speaker of the House Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green decided that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, it marks the end of a 42 year career in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Richards, who first joined the General Assembly in 1976 and served a record 14 years as Speaker from 1995 to 2009, says that he just felt the time was right to call it a career at the end of the year. “I still enjoy... Read more 

Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

01/18/2018 04:40 PM

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of treatment outcomes by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services easily cleared a House Committee on Thursday. House Bill 124 , filed by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls for enhanced standards and criteria for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs in Kentucky. As Wuchner explains, there are... Read more 

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