Sen. Damon Thayer to deliver Kentucky GOP response to Beshear's State of the Union rebuttal

FRANKFORT – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, will deliver the Kentucky GOP response to former Gov. Steve Beshear’s response to President...

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Bowen believes KRS and KTRS unfunded liability total is somewhere between $32 billion and $82 billion

FRANKFORT – Sen. Joe Bowen, co-chair of the Public Pension Oversight Board believes that the correct number of unfunded liability total for the Kentucky...

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Lawmakers say they're willing to take up tax reforms in special session, but Gov. Bevin will have to do the heavy lifting

FRANKFORT — Without tax and pension reforms, Gov. Bevin says the state will be “financially insolvent,” many lawmakers agree there needs to be work...

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Attorneys general would be required to defend constitutionality of laws under bill filed by Hoover

FRANKFORT — If House Speaker Jeff Hoover has his way, Kentucky’s attorney general will have to defend the constitutionality of any statute enacted by...

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Dozens question neighborhood schools bill at Louisville meeting

LOUISVILLE — House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher faced a number of skeptics Saturday on his plan that would allow parents to send their children...

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House passes bill that would cap fees awarded to some lawyers hired by the attorney general at $20M

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would cap lawyers’ pay in contingency fee contracts awarded by the Office of the Attorney General at $20 million cleared...

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Sen. Damon Thayer to deliver Kentucky GOP response to Beshear's State of the Union rebuttal

02/27/2017 09:58 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, will deliver the Kentucky GOP response to former Gov. Steve Beshear’s response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. Thayer will deliver the response on the Republican Party of Kentucky facebook page. Thayer is preparing to rebut what he believes will be Beshear’s defense of the Affordable Care Act, which had a dramatic reduction on the state’s uninsured rate. “He’s going to try to prop up Obamacare... Read more 

Bowen believes KRS and KTRS unfunded liability total is somewhere between $32 billion and $82 billion

02/27/2017 04:43 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Joe Bowen, co-chair of the Public Pension Oversight Board believes that the correct number of unfunded liability total for the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) and the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) is between the original $32 billion dollar estimate and the $82 billion that Gov. Matt Bevin stated in his State of the Commonwealth Address. Bowen said the reason for the difference of opinion is the fact the governor was tying the rate of return to a 30... Read more 

Lawmakers say they're willing to take up tax reforms in special session, but Gov. Bevin will have to do the heavy lifting

02/27/2017 02:13 PM

FRANKFORT — Without tax and pension reforms, Gov. Bevin says the state will be “financially insolvent,” many lawmakers agree there needs to be work done now, but a lot of the burden of reform will fall to Bevin. Four Republican lawmakers participating in a Cable Day Forum with Spectrum News signaled a need for the reforms, but cautioned that the package would need to be revenue neutral in order for their support. Senate Budget Chair Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, acknowledge... Read more 

Attorneys general would be required to defend constitutionality of laws under bill filed by Hoover

02/26/2017 01:00 PM

FRANKFORT — If House Speaker Jeff Hoover has his way, Kentucky’s attorney general will have to defend the constitutionality of any statute enacted by the General Assembly and signed into law. Hoover, R-Jamestown, has sponsored House Bill 464, which would add that requirement to the office’s duties. The topic of attorneys general choosing which laws to defend in court has provided political fodder for Republicans in recent years, but Hoover told reporters Friday that HB 464 has no partisan undertones.... Read more 

Dozens question neighborhood schools bill at Louisville meeting

02/25/2017 07:09 PM

LOUISVILLE — House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher faced a number of skeptics Saturday on his plan that would allow parents to send their children to the nearest school, a significant shift in the state’s largest school district. Bratcher, R-Louisville, was joined by Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, and Louisville Metro Council members Robin Engel and Stuart Benson at a Café LOUIE meeting at Fern Creek Library. Much of the discussion at the informal gathering revolved around legislative proposals filed by Bratcher, particularly... Read more 

House passes bill that would cap fees awarded to some lawyers hired by the attorney general at $20M

02/24/2017 08:30 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would cap lawyers’ pay in contingency fee contracts awarded by the Office of the Attorney General at $20 million cleared the House on a 62-32 party-line vote Friday. Rep. Jason Nemes, a Louisville Republican who is sponsoring House Bill 281, said the measure is designed to send more money to affected Kentuckians in high-profile civil cases, but Democrats repeatedly decried the bill as a “payback” for corporate interests that are often defendants in such lawsuits,... Read more 

Attorney General Andy Beshear gives glimpse into Gov. Steve Beshear's response to Trump

02/24/2017 04:03 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, expects his father will focus on the Commonwealth when he delivers the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. “If you’ve ever watched my dad, former Gov. Steve Beshear, you know he takes every opportunity to shine the brightest and best light on Kentucky,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News. “Places in the world that have never heard... Read more 

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