Telecomm deregulation becomes first bill to pass both chambers

FRANKFORT – Legislation to reform telecommunication regulations in the commonwealth became the first bill to be passed by both the House and Senate during...

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Stumbo’s "beer bill" poised to clear Senate committee a day after Anheuser-Busch hits airwaves

FRANKFORT — The day before a Senate committee is set to hear a bill Anheuser-Busch says will cost nearly 200 jobs at its distribution...

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Bill to add Krabbe disease tests to new born screenings passes House committee

FRANKFORT — Twenty-two months ago, Nathan and Sarai Taylor had what they thought was a healthy newborn daughter named Anna who had passed all...

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GOP gubernatorial candidates talk pensions, taxing at N. Ky. Lincoln Day Dinner

HEBRON — All four Republican gubernatorial candidates were in Northern Kentucky on Saturday night at the 4th Congressional District GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner...

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Get a crash cart, stat: Status update on bills heading into lawmakers' last full week of work

Only a fraction of the 757 bills filed in this year’s short session have a shot to become law as legislators enter their final full...

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Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll.

The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young...

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Telecomm deregulation becomes first bill to pass both chambers

03/02/2015 11:23 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation to reform telecommunication regulations in the commonwealth became the first bill to be passed by both the House and Senate during the 2015 General Assembly. House Bill 152, sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, was passed by a 30-3 vote on Monday night by the Senate. The bill, known as the “AT&T bill”, would remove requirements that telephone companies offer basic landline service in urban areas. Sen. Paul Hornback who sponsored similar legislation the past three years, says that the... Read more 

Stumbo’s "beer bill" poised to clear Senate committee a day after Anheuser-Busch hits airwaves

03/02/2015 08:43 PM

FRANKFORT — The day before a Senate committee is set to hear a bill Anheuser-Busch says will cost nearly 200 jobs at its distribution centers, the beer maker reinforced that point in a one-minute television ad that began airing Monday. But despite Anheuser-Busch’s public pressure, the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee’s chairman says House Bill 168 will be heard without revision Tuesday. Sen. John Schickel, whose panel is scheduled to take up HB 168 during its 10 a.m. meeting,... Read more 

Bill to add Krabbe disease tests to new born screenings passes House committee

03/02/2015 04:37 PM

FRANKFORT — Twenty-two months ago, Nathan and Sarai Taylor had what they thought was a healthy newborn daughter named Anna who had passed all of the newborn screening tests. However, when Anna was four months old, she showed signs of irritability, stopped eating and began missing her milestones. After further testing, Anna was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a neurological disorder where the brain shuts down. It has caused Anna to lose her sight, ability to eat, speak and move. The life expectancy... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates talk pensions, taxing at N. Ky. Lincoln Day Dinner

03/02/2015 08:51 AM

HEBRON — All four Republican gubernatorial candidates were in Northern Kentucky on Saturday night at the 4th Congressional District GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner to try to convince voters why they are the best choice to be their party’s nominee for governor. Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott all talked about how Kentucky’s pension liability and business climate pose a major threat... Read more 

Get a crash cart, stat: Status update on bills heading into lawmakers' last full week of work

03/01/2015 03:00 PM

Only a fraction of the 757 bills filed in this year’s short session have a shot to become law as legislators enter their final full week of work. The House and Senate have sent a combined 189 pieces of legislation to the other chamber thus far, but only one item, a resolution adjourning the first part of the session in January and convening the second in February, has cleared both chambers. That will change this week with a few bills, such... Read more 

Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

02/28/2015 05:58 PM

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll. The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young activists had Paul coming out on top of the crowded potential field of Republican candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place in the poll, according to the Washington Times Paul said he was “humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement” he received at CPAC. “Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have... Read more 

House passes bill revamping personnel practices at the Legislative Research Commission

02/27/2015 06:59 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill mandating the Legislative Research Commission draft comprehensive personnel policies cleared the state House on a 55-26 vote Friday. The legislation comes after top lawmakers decided to release the National Conference of State Legislatures’ draft audit of the LRC last month. The report, which has not been finalized, detailed a lax personnel system and low morale within the agency’s nonpartisan staff. Rep. James Kay, sponsor of House Bill 262, said many of the complaints found in the draft... Read more 

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