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House Minority Floor Leader not concerned about growing list of Democrats not seeking re-election

01/19/2018 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – A number of House Democrats, led by 43-year veteran Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have decided not to seek ree-lection this year, but House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, isn’t overly surprised by the announcements. Adkins, who has served in the House since 1987, said he hates to see all of that experience go, but he’s hopeful that new blood will re-energize his party and bring new ideas to the General Assembly. The Sandy Hook... Read more 

Three weeks into the 2018 session and no signs that a pension bill is close

01/19/2018 03:06 PM

FRANKFORT – We’re twelve days into the 2018 General Assembly 60 day session, and there is still no sign that a pension bill is eminent. Acting Speaker of the House Rep. David Osborne, R- Louisville, says that work continues to go on behind the scenes on the issue, and admits that without a pension bill working on the budget will not be easy. “Certainly, funding the pension makes the budget ore difficult,” Osborne said. “That’s the reason that we’ve gotten in... Read more 

Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older. Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence. The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to... Read more 

Retiring former Speaker of the House Jody Richards says that education legislation was always his top priority

01/18/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – When former Speaker of the House Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green decided that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, it marks the end of a 42 year career in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Richards, who first joined the General Assembly in 1976 and served a record 14 years as Speaker from 1995 to 2009, says that he just felt the time was right to call it a career at the end of the year. “I still enjoy... Read more 

Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

01/18/2018 04:40 PM

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of treatment outcomes by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services easily cleared a House Committee on Thursday. House Bill 124 , filed by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls for enhanced standards and criteria for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs in Kentucky. As Wuchner explains, there are... Read more 

Postsecondary education president hopeful that state colleges and universities can save some programs

01/18/2018 03:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Postsecondary education officials are hopeful that a number of education programs which Gov. Matt Bevin had suggested not be funded for the next biennium will have a chance to stay in place as a result of discussions with the General Assembly. Twenty-four of the seventy programs cut were part of postsecondary education including lung cancer research grants, Kentucky Center for Mathematics at NKU, Robinson Scholars at the University of Kentucky, plus 21 others. Robert King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education,... Read more 

Survivors Council issues recommendations including new minimum age for marriage

01/17/2018 04:56 PM

FRANKFORT — Members of the Attorney General’s Survivors Council shared their recommendations on how the state can improve to better support victims of violent crimes. Of the more than 50 recommendations, at least one has been filed as legislation in the state Senate; a bill which would increase the minimum age for marriage in Kentucky. Senate Bill 48 filed by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, prohibits people under the age of 18-years old from getting married. Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky,... Read more 

Senate committee exploring one dollar per pack tax increase on cigarettes

01/17/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare heard from members from the medical and business community on Wednesday about the benefits of raising the tobacco tax. There has been a call to raise the cigarette tax by at least a dollar a pack in an effort to keeper younger people from smoking and possibly force some people to quit in an effort to improve the health of many of the Kentucky’s residents. Kentucky has the highest... Read more 

Stirring the pot; Sen. Seum files recreational marijuana bill, calls for Bevin to "open his mind"

01/17/2018 04:05 PM

FRANKFORT — Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, is the latest member of the General Assembly to file legislation to allow the use of marijuana in Kentucky. In a Capitol press conference on Wednesday, following Tuesday night’s budget address, Seum said marijuana, casino gaming and sports wagering could bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the state. Seum told members of the media he had used marijuana after a surgery to relieve pain rather than using opiates prescribed by a... Read more 

Bevin announces deep cuts and program reductions, but pension funding and other investments in budget address

01/16/2018 07:35 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced deep cuts, but increased spending in other areas in his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly. Bevin’s budget proposal, which is expected to be filed as a bill on Wednesday, calls for spending reductions in almost all areas of state government, with an across-the-board cut of 6.25 percent to most agencies. He’s also proposing “strategic cuts” to programs and the the complete elimination of 70 programs, according to... Read more 

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