State Senate majority grows by one as votes are tallied in special election

Senate Republicans have grown their majority to 27 members with the election of Steve West to the 27th Senate District seat Tuesday.

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$132.5 million bond for UK medical research center heads to governor

FRANKFORT – Despite the fact that it’s a non-budget year, the state Senate has passed legislation to fund half the cost of a multi-million...

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Transportation panel may explore driving certificates for undocumented immigrants during interim

FRANKFORT — Undocumented immigrants could be granted driving certificates under a bill its sponsor hopes will be studied further before next year’s legislative session.

The...

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Legislation retooling Cincinnati/N.Ky. International Airport board clears House committee

FRANKFORT — A bill revamping membership of the board governing the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport cleared the House Transportation Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 208, sponsored...

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Yarmuth rails against 'condescending' speech from Israeli PM Netanyahu

Calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to a joint session of Congress an “impressive bit of political theater,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said...

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"Beer bill" protecting the three-tier system of brewing, distributing and selling passes Senate committee

FRANKFORT — A bill which would prevent breweries from holding distribution and retail licenses, bringing them in line with the three-tiered approach for companies...

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State Senate majority grows by one as votes are tallied in special election

03/03/2015 09:49 PM

Senate Republicans have grown their majority to 27 members with the election of Steve West to the 27th Senate District seat Tuesday. West defeated Democrat Kelly Caudill in the special election with 5,355 votes to Caudill’s 4,489, according to the secretary of state’s unofficial vote count. The election was called to replace newly sworn-in Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter Blevins, who vacated the seat just before the legislative session convened in January. West, a Millersburg real estate attorney and cattle farmer, walks... Read more 

$132.5 million bond for UK medical research center heads to governor

03/03/2015 09:12 PM

FRANKFORT – Despite the fact that it’s a non-budget year, the state Senate has passed legislation to fund half the cost of a multi-million dollar research building at the University of Kentucky. House Bill 298, sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, authorizes the issuance of $132.5 million in bonds for construction of the building. The University of Kentucky will fund the other half of the cost as well as any other related expenses. The building, which will be located along... Read more 

Transportation panel may explore driving certificates for undocumented immigrants during interim

03/03/2015 06:20 PM

FRANKFORT — Undocumented immigrants could be granted driving certificates under a bill its sponsor hopes will be studied further before next year’s legislative session. The House Transportation Committee considered House Bill 267, sponsored by Rep. Larry Clark, Tuesday but took no vote on the measure. HB 267 would make driving certificates available to immigrants who’ve resided in Kentucky for three years, with those older than 21 driving on an instructional permit for 30 days and those younger than 21 using the... Read more 

Legislation retooling Cincinnati/N.Ky. International Airport board clears House committee

03/03/2015 03:19 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill revamping membership of the board governing the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport cleared the House Transportation Committee Tuesday. House Bill 208, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge, advanced on a 17-1-3 vote. The legislation would expand voting membership of the Kenton County Airport Board from seven to 13, and rather than allow the judge-executive of Kenton County to have complete appointment power over the board, the legislation would ensure Kentucky’s governor and judge-executives in Boone, Campbell and Grant... Read more 

Yarmuth rails against 'condescending' speech from Israeli PM Netanyahu

03/03/2015 02:47 PM

Calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to a joint session of Congress an “impressive bit of political theater,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said he felt validated for not attending the speech Tuesday. In mid-February Yarmuth issued a statement saying he would not be attending the address from Netanyahu, at the time calling the speech a “sad and ridiculous” litmus test for support of Israel. Yarmuth’s statements to the media Tuesday came following the address by Netanyahu and was carried... Read more 

"Beer bill" protecting the three-tier system of brewing, distributing and selling passes Senate committee

03/03/2015 02:03 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill which would prevent breweries from holding distribution and retail licenses, bringing them in line with the three-tiered approach for companies making, shipping and selling wines and distilled spirits, was passed by a Senate panel Tuesday. House Bill 168, sponsored by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would change a law that allows out-of-state brewers to own their own distributors. Since Prohibition, in-state brewers have not been allowed to own their own distributors. Kentucky uses a three-tier system... Read more 

Bill creating civil protective orders for dating partners heads to Senate floor

03/03/2015 11:39 AM

FRANKFORT — Legislation creating a new class of protective orders for partners in dating relationships passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, clearing one of its last procedural hurdles en route to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk. The judiciary panel, which approved House Bill 8 by 7-0-1 vote, amended the bill to further differentiate between the civil protective orders established in the legislation and those sought in familial disputes. That means if the Senate approves HB 8, the House must OK the committee’s... Read more 

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