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The Chatter: Gov. Bevin's office disputes Democratic lawmaker, emails show knowledge of right-of-way issues in delayed road project

10/22/2016 12:34 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office released internal Transportation Cabinet emails on Friday that indicate state Rep. Russell Meyer knew of right-of-way issues on a road project in his district months before its delay in March. It’s the latest development in a back-and-forth between Bevin’s administration and Meyer, a Nicholasville Democrat who has accused the Republican governor of delaying an $11 million expansion of East Brannon Road after rebuffing offers to join the House GOP caucus. The email release came the same day... Read more 

Judge denies Gov. Bevin's request to vacate UofL board of trustees ruling

10/21/2016 11:19 AM

UPDATED — In a decision released Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has refused to vacate his ruling stating the governor can’t abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees. Shepherd ruled last month that Gov. Matt Bevin had exceeded his authority in abolishing and revamping the University of Louisville board in June, a decision Bevin sought to have the same judge overturn. In an 11-page ruling released early Friday, Shepherd struck down the four primary grounds Bevin’s... Read more 

Pension plan "in far worse shape than people realize," Sen. McDaniel says

10/20/2016 12:14 PM

FRANKFORT — Even after substantial reforms to the state pension systems Republicans and Democrats in the state Capitol have serious concerns about the state of the retirement system. Senate Budget Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, says the “biggest thing” lawmakers need to do is “be honest with ourselves” about the state of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. “The fact of the matter is some of the underlying assumptions inside of this pension system are just not holding true,” McDaniel said, pointing... Read more 

State hopes to raise awareness, educate public on prescription drug abuse and proper disposal with new partnership

10/18/2016 09:49 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky health and law enforcement officials are partnering with a pharmaceutical group to spread the word about disposing unused medications. MyOldMeds Kentucky, unveiled Tuesday at a Capitol press conference, is an effort involving the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety, Kentucky State Police and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Tuesday’s launch comes days before Saturday’s prescription drug disposal day at state police posts across Kentucky, and Office of Drug Control Policy Executive... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth sends Gov. Bevin letter urging him to drop Medicaid waiver

10/18/2016 06:59 PM

FRANKFORT — Congressman John Yarmuth is urging Gov. Matt Bevin to withdraw his administration’s Medicaid waiver application on Tuesday, arguing in a letter Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signal doom for Kentucky’s proposal. Yarmuth singled out CMS denials of Medicaid waivers submitted by Arizona, which was partially denied, and Ohio. Those states had provisions similar to Kentucky’s waiver in their proposals, such as charging premiums on individuals with incomes below the federal poverty... Read more 

Gov. Bevin declines to seek rehearing in Supreme Court case

10/13/2016 01:55 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration will not seek a second hearing before the Kentucky Supreme Court after the high court ruled 5-2 that the governor overstepped his authority by ordering current-year cuts to universities’ fourth-quarter allotments earlier this year. Bevin’s office had until Wednesday to ask for a rehearing 20 days after the high court’s decision. Amanda Stamper, Bevin’s spokeswoman, said the $18 million that had been withheld from most state universities “will be released in due course upon order of... Read more 

Kentucky Homeland Security, law enforcement hold exercise simulating attacks on power grid, government computer networks

10/13/2016 10:39 AM

Kentucky government officials, law enforcement and private-sector representatives ran through a worst-case scenario test on Wednesday, preparing for how the state would react if hackers took down the power grid to a quarter of the state while simultaneously attempting to steal data from government computer networks. The exercise comes amid the growing rise of hacking incidents, including hacks of the Democratic National Committee, with U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is pointing the finger at Russia, saying the foreign... Read more 

Kentucky's request for REAL ID extension denied

10/12/2016 03:10 PM


FRANKFORT – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is denying Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension to come into compliance with federal regulations known as REAL ID. Kentucky had already been operating on a one-year extension that expired on Monday October 10, 2016. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) requested another one-year extension after legislation that would have brought Kentucky into compliance was vetoed by Governor Matt Bevin earlier this year. Bevin vetoed Senate Bill 245 at... Read more 

Gross misdemeanor bill 'gateway' to penal code reforms, Yonts says

10/11/2016 02:25 PM

FRANKFORT — With the 23 members of the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council meeting to dig into potential penal code reforms, Rep. Brent Yonts says the bill he first proposed during the 2016 General Assembly could serve as the starting point for the sweeping reforms. Yonts proposed creating an entirely new class of crimes qualified as a gross misdemeanor. The legislation would include reducing sentencing guidelines for three crimes including: flagrant nonsupport (child support), forgery second degree and possession of... Read more 

Rep. Floyd declines appointment to House panel investigating actions by Gov. Bevin

10/07/2016 05:09 PM

State Rep. David Floyd formally declined House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s appointment to a House panel investigating allegations of threats and retaliation by Gov. Matt Bevin in a letter Friday. Floyd, a Bardstown Republican who did not seek reelection this year, was one of two Republicans named to the House Investigatory Committee on Executive Actions on Wednesday. Others on the panel include Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat who will chair the committee; Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively; Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington;... Read more 


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