UK president bemoans "draconian" cuts, performance-based funding before House budget subcommittee, but Bevin says he won't budge

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal will be felt by students, faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky if cuts totaling 13.5...

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New group formed by former Gov. Beshear looks to defend health initiatives that Gov. Bevin wants to shutter, amend

Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, two months out of office, said Thursday that his conscience would not allow him to “ride off into the sunset”...

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Senate's priority education reform bill passes education committee

FRANKFORT — The state Senate’s top priority bill, which would change the way the state would review their educational standards and how schools and...

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Senate Bill 5 amended to offer separate marriage license forms, clearing committee

FRANKFORT — Couples would pick between two marriage licenses once they tie the knot under a bill passed by the Senate State and Local...

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Senate, House committees pass companion bills dubbed "Noah's Law" on covering formula for eosinophilic disorder patients

FRANKFORT — A pair of bills that would ensure health coverage of amino-acid-based formulas consumed by those suffering from eosinophilic disorders unanimously cleared House...

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'Revenge porn' protection bill unanimously passes House committee

FRANKFORT – A bill which would prohibit the distribution of sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted unanimously passed a House...

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UK president bemoans "draconian" cuts, performance-based funding before House budget subcommittee, but Bevin says he won't budge

02/11/2016 11:21 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal will be felt by students, faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky if cuts totaling 13.5 percent are enacted by the General Assembly, UK President Eli Capilouto told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education Thursday. Capilouto challenged lawmakers to think of the university as “an economic engine that deserves more investment, not less.” He noted the institution’s work in cancer research and substance abuse treatment, and he said a... Read more 

New group formed by former Gov. Beshear looks to defend health initiatives that Gov. Bevin wants to shutter, amend

02/11/2016 09:04 PM

Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, two months out of office, said Thursday that his conscience would not allow him to “ride off into the sunset” as he unveiled a nonprofit group that will advocate to retain federal health reforms he enacted. Save Kentucky Healthcare, a 501(c )(4) organization, will be launching an online advertising campaign, said Beshear, who cited myriad statistics in defense of kynect, the state-based health exchange, and Medicaid expansion, such as the drop in uninsured rates across the... Read more 

Senate's priority education reform bill passes education committee

02/11/2016 05:34 PM

FRANKFORT — The state Senate’s top priority bill, which would change the way the state would review their educational standards and how schools and students would be evaluated, cleared the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, passed by a 9-3 vote with the three Democrats on the committee — Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Gerald Neal, D-Louisville; Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington; and Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg — voting “no.” The bill looks to do away... Read more 

Senate Bill 5 amended to offer separate marriage license forms, clearing committee

02/10/2016 09:04 PM

FRANKFORT — Couples would pick between two marriage licenses once they tie the knot under a bill passed by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. The proposed change in Senate Bill 5 would allow newlyweds to choose licenses that identify them as first and second parties or bride and groom, and neither would bear the name of the county clerk. Sen. Steve West, a Paris Republican and the bill’s sponsor, says he hopes he’s found a compromise resolution on... Read more 

Senate, House committees pass companion bills dubbed "Noah's Law" on covering formula for eosinophilic disorder patients

02/10/2016 07:38 PM

FRANKFORT — A pair of bills that would ensure health coverage of amino-acid-based formulas consumed by those suffering from eosinophilic disorders unanimously cleared House and Senate committees on Wednesday. Senate Bill 146 and House Bill 353 emerged this year in response to a 9-year-old Pike County boy named Noah Greenhill, who suffers eosinophilic esophagitis and is the namesake of the bill called “Noah’s Law.” Noah suffers eosinophilic esophagitis, which affects his esophagus, and had for years suffered reflux, nausea, rashes and intense... Read more 

'Revenge porn' protection bill unanimously passes House committee

02/10/2016 04:02 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would prohibit the distribution of sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted unanimously passed a House committee on Wednesday. House Bill 110, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, is aimed at protecting individuals from having private and possibly sexually explicit images, from being posted online without their permission. The legislation, known as the “revenge porn” bill would make distribution of sexually charged images without consent a Class A misdemeanor unless it is done... Read more 

Bevin's proposed budget cuts threaten watchdog agencies, elections

02/09/2016 10:52 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year spending plan could have drastic consequences for two agencies charged with keeping an eye on politicians and the dollars they spend. Officials with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection that there is no way the agencies can survive the cuts as handed down and still fulfill their statutory obligations to watch over... Read more 

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