From Frankfort

AG Beshear files suit against pharmaceutical company over deceptive marketing scheme

04/18/2018 03:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday his fifth law suit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, which, in his opinion, is accountable for contributing to an illicit drug market that has fueled Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit filed today in McCracken Circuit Court, alleges that Johnson and Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Ortho-McNeil subsidiaries, allegedly told doctors and patients that their opioid medications were safer than other alternatives, and misrepresented that opioids were “rarely... Read more 

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt resigns post after pressure from Bevin appointed board of education

04/17/2018 08:30 PM

Dr. Stepehen Pruitt, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, resigned his post on Tuesday after two-years in the role, one day after Gov. Bevin appointed multiple new members to the Kentucky Board of Education, which oversees Pruitt. Pruitt was appointed to the post shortly before Bevin took office. The Board of Education named Wayne Lewis, a charter schools advocate, as the interim commissioner. New Bevin appointed members were sworn in the special meeting held Tuesday, which remained in... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills for Children

04/17/2018 05:29 PM

With the 2018 General Assembly Session wrapped up for the year Pure Politics wanted to focus on the bills that made it through with wide bipartisan support. We’ve already focused on bills meant to help victims of crimes. This time, Pure Politics is focusing on two measures passed with children in minds. To begin with, House Bill 30, sponsored by Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, requires suicide prevention training for school teachers. The law requires one hour of suicide prevention training... Read more 

Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit. Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. “Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because... Read more 

Treasurer Ball announces Financial Empowerment Coalition and database

04/16/2018 04:09 PM

State Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky, announced a first-of-its-kind Financial Empowerment Database on Monday morning during the launch of the Financial Empowerment Coalition and the Financial Empowerment Database. “As a former bankruptcy attorney, I understand the need of greater financial literacy in our state,” Ball said in a news release. “This is an exciting day in Kentucky, as this coalition and database will help bring greater financial empowerment to Kentuckians. With the passage of HB 132 this session, we now have an... Read more 

Heiner resigns as Sec. of Education and Workforce Development, accepts appointment to Board of Education

04/16/2018 10:51 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s one-time political rival Hal Heiner, resigned Monday as the cabinet Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, and has accepted the governor’s appointment to the Kentucky Board of Education. “I am grateful for Sec. Heiner’s skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years,” said Gov. Matt Bevin in a news release. “He has overseen a pivotal time of transformation, as we strengthen Kentucky’s education system and modernize... Read more 

Bevin apologizes, seeks to clarify comments about teacher protests from Friday

04/15/2018 02:41 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, took to social media again on Sunday, this time seeking to clarify his comments from Friday where he alleged that children in Kentucky were sexually assaulted during the teacher protests on Friday which closed dozens of school districts across Kentucky. In the nearly 4 minute long video posted to his Twitter account on Sunday, Bevin said he realizes he “hurt a lot of people.” Bevin said he apologized to those that were hurt by the things that... Read more 

Budget, tax bill tweaks pass General Assembly

04/14/2018 02:34 PM

FRANKFORT- As the clock is ticking before sine die, the Senate Appropriation and Revenue committee approved two committee substitutes cleaning up language in the budget and revenue bills. House Bill 265 SCS1, cleans up the language from House Bill 200. It does various things, including shifting $7 million to school districts who have been adversely affected by the loss in unmined minerals tax. It also creates language for tourism grants through the Kentucky Office of Tourism. House Bill 487,... Read more 

Teachers, parents disgusted with Bevin's sexual assault comments, House Condemns

04/14/2018 10:12 AM

FRANKFORT- Hours after Governor Bevin insinuated children were being sexually assaulted due to the thousands of teachers protesting at the Capitol, parents and teachers say they are disgusted by his comments. “I thought they were quite disgusting, quite loaded and quite insensitive.” said Nicole Finley, a parent from Louisville. Terry Long, a retired teacher from Greenville, was almost left speechless by the comments. “What he said yesterday, just befuddles me. It can’t help anything, it especially can’t help him,” he... Read more 

House and Senate override vetos on budget and revenue and tax reform bills

04/13/2018 10:20 PM

FRANKFORT – The House and Senate voted to override the Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of of House Bill 366, known as the revenue and tax reform bill, as well as House Bill 200, the budget bill. For House Bill 366, the House voted 57 to 40 to override the veto, while the Senate narrowly voted to override by a 20 to 18 vote with Senate President Robert Stivers casting the deciding yes vote. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who voted... Read more 


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