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Beshear's office will partner with University of Louisville to examine handling of unprocessed sexual assault kits

01/19/2017 05:51 PM

FRANKFORT — Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday that his office will partner with researchers at the University of Louisville, who will examine Kentucky’s handling of more than 3,000 untested sexual assault kits as they’re processed by state police. The Kentucky SAFE Kit Backlog Research Project “seeks to examine the outcomes of kit testing, provide justice to victims and identify data-driven, victim-centered responses,” Beshear said during a Capitol news conference. “The Kentucky SAFE Kit Backlog Research Project is one of the first... Read more 

Stivers, Hoover, Westerfield, Fischer file amicus brief in defense of abortion law

01/19/2017 04:15 PM

Four Republicans lawmakers have filed a brief in defense of an anti-abortion bill passed during the first week of the General Assembly, because at least one of the men believe the Attorney General is “giving a pretty weak effort” at defending the new law from a legal challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. House Bill 2, which was signed into law last week, requires that a woman receive an ultrasound before an abortion. The law also says... Read more 

Sponsor of bill that would allow concealed carry without permit optimistic of chances

01/18/2017 06:01 PM

The sponsor of legislation that would nullify much of Kentucky’s concealed-carry law says he expects the bill to pass with overwhelming support from the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Albert Robinson and backed by the National Rifle Association, is one of a handful of bills that have already received two readings in the Senate during the opening week of this year’s 30-day session. It’s been assigned to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee,... Read more 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes meets with Chinese officials to talk economic development

01/18/2017 03:41 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with Chinese Embassy officials in hopes of strengthening the relationship between the Commonwealth and the People’s Republic of China, and discuss economic development in Kentucky. In a press release Grimes stated that “as Secretary of State she looks for every opportunity to help grow Kentucky’s economy and further develop connections for our state and its businesses.” Grimes went on to say that she hopes a continued relationship with China will help bring... Read more 

Fmr. Louisville Mayor, Obama appointee Jerry Abramson takes role with Bellarmine University

01/18/2017 03:25 PM

Jerry Abramson, Kentucky’s 55th Lt. Gov. and Louisville’s “Mayor for Life,” is returning to Louisville after serving in the Obama administration to join Bellarmine University. Abramson will join Bellarmine University next week as an Executive in Residence. Abramson returns to Kentucky from Washington D.C. where he served as President Obama’s director of intergovernmental relations the past two years. The former local, state and federal official will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in... Read more 

Lawmakers express concern over number of Medicaid recipients in the state

01/18/2017 02:20 PM

FRANKFORT – Some members of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare expressed concerns on Wednesday that the biggest problem with Medicaid in the state is the number of people on it. The committee heard from Rosmond Dolen, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Health Plans, who gave an overview of the performance of the five Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) in the commonwealth. “Early estimates indicate MCOs processed over 25 million medical claims in 2016,” Dolen said. “Kentucky’s five... Read more 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services-backed bill deletes several commissions and numerous required reports

01/18/2017 02:13 PM

UPDATED: Legislation requested by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services which will adjust membership in one commission, do away with another and delete mandatory reporting requirements for multiple areas is being put before the General Assembly as part of an effort to reduce red tape. Senate Bill 95, carried by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, would effectively scrap several commissions which are “inactive” and reduce reporting requirements for multiple reports from the cabinet, the Republican physician from Winchester told Pure Politics. “There are... Read more 

Majority of Kentuckians not fearful of losing insurance; Congressional Budget Office says repeal will raise costs, leave millions without insurance

01/18/2017 10:00 AM

A new study suggests less than one-fifth of Kentucky adults with health insurance were concerned with losing their coverage, at least in the weeks leading up to the November elections. The most recent study from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health, showed voters were not concerned about losing their coverage, but were split on their opinion of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. The poll... Read more 

Gov. Bevin appoints new University of Louisville board, renaming most from previous reorganization attempt

01/17/2017 03:16 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin seated a new University of Louisville board of trustees on Tuesday, duplicating most of his appointments from a failed attempt to reorganize the panel in June. All but two of the appointees – James Rogers, of Prospect, and Brian Cromer, of Louisville – were named to the U of L board in the June reorganization. Cromer was nominated a month later after one of Bevin’s original appointees declined. Bevin’s reorganization was ultimately overturned in Franklin Circuit Court and led... Read more 

SACS says "chill" on accreditation concerns at UofL; Stivers raised concerns with nominating commission

01/13/2017 03:51 PM

FRANKFORT — Days after the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges issued a letter to the University of Louisville detailing why they placed the institution on probation, Senate President Roberts Stivers says the accrediting body is not placing UofL’s accreditation at risk. Reading a quote on his phone from SACS president Dr. Belle Wheelan, calling on “everybody to take a chill pill and exhale,” Stivers said the reorganization of the UofL board of trustees under state... Read more 

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