Proposed legislation filed to allow clergy to not perform gay marriage in Kentucky

FLORENCE – A northern Kentucky legislator has pre-filed a bill which would make it clear that clergy who object to same-sex marriage for...

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Drew Curtis on gay marriage: "Stop being your racist grandfather"

Calling the same-sex marriage issue moot in the race for Kentucky’s governorship Independent candidate Drew Curtis said “he feels bad” for Kentuckians who find it...

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House and Senate Democrats working to extend DUI look-back period

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are working on mirror legislation to extend the current DUI look-back period from 5 to 10 years.

Sen. Dennis...

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Yarmuth supports President Obama's OT rule but says Congress should've played a role in crafting proposal

President Barack Obama’s plan to expand overtime pay may not have passed Congress on its own, but Kentucky’s lone Democrat in Washington believes lawmakers were...

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Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last...

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A "critical moment" in state's education future, House K-12 budget subcommittee chair says

Six months before lawmakers return to Frankfort to construct and pass a $20 billion state spending plan, Rep. Kelly Flood is preparing to help craft...

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Proposed legislation filed to allow clergy to not perform gay marriage in Kentucky

07/06/2015 07:00 PM

FLORENCE – A northern Kentucky legislator has pre-filed a bill which would make it clear that clergy who object to same-sex marriage for religious reasons would not be forced to perform such services. Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, filed the bill which she says is related to the exercise of religious freedom in the solemnization of marriage. “Since last week’s Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage, I have had numerous calls and conversations with pastors and clergy serving various faith communities expressing... Read more 

Drew Curtis on gay marriage: "Stop being your racist grandfather"

07/06/2015 03:39 PM

Calling the same-sex marriage issue moot in the race for Kentucky’s governorship Independent candidate Drew Curtis said “he feels bad” for Kentuckians who find it as their top issue. Cutis’ remarks come as Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for governor, and Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, has taken opposite sides of the issue. Speaking with Pure Politics prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states, Curtis predicted the issue... Read more 

House and Senate Democrats working to extend DUI look-back period

07/05/2015 11:40 AM

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are working on mirror legislation to extend the current DUI look-back period from 5 to 10 years. Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, and Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, are renewing the call for tougher DUI laws in memory of individuals in their respective districts. Parrett introduced and passed legislation out of the state Senate in the 2015 legislative session, but the House never heard the bill in committee due to concerns over costs. During the session, Flood... Read more 

Yarmuth supports President Obama's OT rule but says Congress should've played a role in crafting proposal

07/03/2015 05:28 PM

President Barack Obama’s plan to expand overtime pay may not have passed Congress on its own, but Kentucky’s lone Democrat in Washington believes lawmakers were better equipped to examine the issue and enact resolutions. Obama announced Tuesday that the Labor Department will grant overtime benefits to salaried workers making up to $50,440 annually, an increase from the Federal Labor Standards Act’s current threshold of $23,660 per year. The proposal has drawn praise from organized labor and scorn from pro-business groups like... Read more 

Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

A "critical moment" in state's education future, House K-12 budget subcommittee chair says

07/02/2015 06:20 PM

Six months before lawmakers return to Frankfort to construct and pass a $20 billion state spending plan, Rep. Kelly Flood is preparing to help craft one of the largest portions of the budget — education spending. Flood, chair of the House K-12 budget subcommittee, told Pure Politics that she has been reviewing a report detailing the best practices to prepare for the challenges for Kentucky’s students. One of the largest hurdles for the state education-wise, Flood says, is addressing achievement... Read more 

Stakeholders agree: Funding for KSP's central laboratory key to resolving backlog of untested rape kits

07/01/2015 07:07 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN — As about a dozen huddled around the conference table at Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services to discuss the backlog of untested sexual assault and rapes kits in Kentucky State Police’s possession on Wednesday, one point repeatedly came up: KSP needs more resources for its central crime laboratory. State Auditor Adam Edelen conducted his office’s fourth stakeholder meeting in conjunction with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs as his office continues its review of untested rape kits, which may... Read more 

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