From Frankfort

Hoover says he likely suffered "light heart attack" three weeks ago, in lengthy public comment

11/21/2017 11:41 AM

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, who resigned from leadership after revealing that he signed a confidential sexual harassment settlement with a staffer, is breaking his silence online and confirming it’s likely he had a heart attack three weeks ago. In a lengthy posting on his Facebook page on Monday, Hoover, R-Jamestown, thanks God for “the disruptions and problems in my life over the past few weeks and my failings.” “You may find that odd. But I have come to accept and... Read more 

Latest KIDS COUNT data book shows continued poverty, but progress in other areas

11/20/2017 05:48 PM

The state of kids in Kentucky continues to be a mixed bag, as Kentuckians get a county-to-county view of child well-being in the commonwealth. Kentucky Youth Advocates’ 2017 KIDS COUNT data book shows some progress in key areas, but also persistent challenges facing youth, their parents and care givers. “What we hope happens is this Fall book, where we really get down to very targeted items would allow that county judge executive, that mayor, that local superintendent to say that... Read more 

Rep. Wayne says he hopes Legislative Ethics Commission finds answers in sexual harassment settlement

11/18/2017 05:34 PM

State Representative Jim Wayne has two primary questions he wants answered in the sexual harassment settlement that caused former House Speaker Jeff Hoover to step down from leadership, and he hopes the Legislative Ethics Commission can answer them: what happened and how was the undisclosed settlement paid? Wayne filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday, and although House Republican leaders have launched their own independent investigation into the matter, the Louisville Democrat says the ethics commission has far... Read more 

Analysis of proposed pension reform at KTRS shouldn't "be surprising to anybody that understands how these proposals work," head of KCEP says

11/17/2017 03:06 PM

As the calendar draws closer to the end of the year, policymakers are still cobbling together a pension reform proposal ahead of a possible special session before lawmakers return to Frankfort in 2018 to write a two-year spending plan. Last week, the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System released an actuarial report that showed the state would need to funnel an additional $4.4 billion into the pension system if the reform proposal is passed as written and that the system would be 71... Read more 

After toddler finds guns and shoots self in Louisville, advocate hopes lawmakers take action on gun safety legislation

11/16/2017 05:06 PM

On Monday, a 3-year-old toddler accidently shot himself in the head after he found a loaded gun in his family’s car as his dad shopped for a used car in Louisville. He’s not the only child who has accidentally shot himself after finding a firearm, and Luther Brown, executive officer of Board 4 Change and founder of the Little Hands Little Feet gun safety program, says he hopes such regrettable incidents will be a thing of the past. Brown supports legislation pre-filed... Read more 

No tax dollars used in sexual harassment settlement, LRC director says

11/16/2017 03:24 PM

UPDATED The sexual harassment settlement reached by former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and others with a legislative staffer was not paid with tax dollars, Legislative Research Commission Director David Byerman said Thursday. “No taxpayer dollars have been used to pay any settlement claim in this matter, or in any such matter in my two years as Director of the Legislative Research Commission,” Byerman said in a statement. “Controls are in place that require proper authorization before any disbursements are made from any... Read more 

Updated pension reform bill in the works, new pension oversight co-chair says

11/16/2017 10:50 AM

As the House of Representatives finds it’s footing amid an alleged sexual harassment settlement which that caused Rep. Jeff Hoover’s resignation as speaker and sparked an investigation, the new co-chair of the Public Pension Oversight Board says work is underway to re-craft the proposal. Rep. Jerry T. Miller, R-Eastwood, told Pure Politics this week that “changes need to be made” to the legislation for it to pass the House of Representatives. “We’ve gone back and continuing to meet with groups... Read more 

Rep. Jim Wayne files complaint, asks Legislative Ethics Commission to investigate sexual harassment settlement

11/15/2017 05:39 PM

A Democratic lawmaker filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission Wednesday, asking the panel to investigate a confidential sexual harassment settlement that prompted former House Speaker Jeff Hoover to resign from his leadership post. Hoover, R-Jamestown, admitted to reaching a settlement with a former legislative staffer as he resigned, but he said their communications via text message were consensual and that he and others named admitted no wrongdoing as part of the agreement. GOP Reps. Jim DeCesare, Brian Linder and... Read more 

Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application "real closer" to approval, state Medicaid commissioner says

11/15/2017 04:06 PM

The head of Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services told lawmakers Wednesday that the state is “real closer” to getting federal approval for its 1115 Medicaid waiver program dubbed Kentucky HEALTH. It’s been more than a year since officials submitted the waiver application, but Steve Miller, commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services, said he’s optimistic that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will give Kentucky the OK to proceed with their proposal ahead of the anticipated July 1 rollout. “We’ve gone... Read more 

Grimes plans to convene medical marijuana task force with aim at legislation

11/15/2017 01:31 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, will soon co-chair a task force with a focus on crafting legislation to legalize, study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes for medical marijuana. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years,” Grimes said in a news release on Wednesday. “We must do more to relieve their pain and suffering, and there is significant evidence that cannabis is beneficial... Read more 


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