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Gov. Bevin quotes opinion from former AG Conway, his gubernatorial opponent, in attempt to prove reorganization powers

06/24/2016 09:19 PM

FRANKFORT — The ongoing battle between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear took a turn for the surreal on Friday, as the first-year governor cited an opinion from his former gubernatorial opponent, ex-Attorney General Jack Conway, in his defense of reorganizing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Republicans in the legislature quickly came to Bevin’s side as Conway sought to set the record straight and condemned the Republican governor’s actions as a re-write of state statute. Bevin’s... Read more 

Kentucky will seek another extension for REAL ID compliance, vehicle regulations commissioner tells legislative panel

06/23/2016 05:37 PM

FRANKFORT — The state will seek an extension to come into compliance with the federal REAL ID law, Department of Vehicle Regulations Commissioner John Mark Hack told lawmakers on the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation on Thursday. The General Assembly passed a bill in this year’s legislative session, Senate Bill 245, that would have put Kentucky in compliance with the identification law passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Gov. Matt Bevin, who had urged lawmakers to... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear challenges Gov. Bevin's decision to revamp pension, UofL boards

06/22/2016 07:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Attorney General Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin will square off again in Franklin Circuit Court after the governor’s moves on Friday to reconstitute the Kentucky Retirement Systems and University of Louisville board of trustees. Beshear announced on Wednesday that he planned to intervene in a lawsuit filed against Bevin by ex-KRS board chairman Thomas Elliott, challenging his removal from the pension board via executive order. Bevin later reorganized the KRS board, and he said his decision to... Read more 

Gov. Bevin and officials unveil proposed Medicaid waiver program

06/22/2016 06:43 PM

FRANKFORT — Billed as a transformational approach to Medicaid, Gov. Matt Bevin and members of his cabinet unveiled on Wednesday the state’s application for a section 1115 waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If approved, the waiver would model health coverage for those on Medicaid after the state’s insurance plan for public employees, minus dental and vision coverage, Bevin and others said. The proposal, called Kentucky Health, would also include pilot projects for addiction services and rewards accounts for... Read more 

Ag commissioner kicks off first regional meeting to address food insecurity in Kentucky

06/22/2016 02:04 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – The first of 10 Kentucky Hunger Regional Task Force meetings took place on Tuesday in northern Kentucky as community leaders discussed what is working as well as the challenges they face in feeding Kentucky’s food-insecure population. The Hunger Task Force is part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. The objectives of the task force is to study the sources of hunger, identify the unique issues that... Read more 

Bevin says Ramsey will leave UofL, Ramsey says he will tender resignation to new board

06/21/2016 08:12 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin is defending his dismissal of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on Friday, and says contrary to speculation UofL President James Ramsey will be leaving his position. In defending his dismissal and partial reappointment of the UofL Board of Trustees, Bevin told one reporter he was mistaken in his assumptions that the governor does not have the power to disband the board. “I have absolute authority both constitutionally and legislatively, statutorily, to disband any board... Read more 

Bevin impanels 23-member council to review criminal justice policy ahead of 2017 session

06/21/2016 05:13 PM

FRANKFORT — As the prison population in Kentucky grows to 23,500 and recidivism rates sit at 43 percent, a new approach to criminal justice is being drafted. Speaking to reporters, onlookers and members of the newly created Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council, Gov. Matt Bevin said he had been elected to fix problems in the state, and criminal justice will get his full attention. Bevin tapped Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley to chair the 23-member panel, which... Read more 

Office of Education Accountability launches 49 investigations last year on 612 complaints, director tells legislative subcommittee

06/21/2016 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT – The Office of Education Accountability, charged with investigating potential wrongdoing at local school districts, launched 49 inquiries on 612 written complaints last year, OEA Director David Wickersham told lawmakers Tuesday. That means 8 percent of complaints sparked inquiries by the OEA in 2015, but Wickersham credits his agency’s screening process with weeding out grievances that are out of the agency’s jurisdiction. “What we attempt to do is to very carefully screen and make a determination about whether a complaint that... Read more 

Combatting food insecurity in Kentucky: How Ag Commissioner Quarles is fighting for food

06/20/2016 03:30 PM

As one-in-six Kentuckians face food insecurity GOP Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is attempting to find a remedy by partnering with the agriculture community in the commonwealth. At the beginning of the month, Quarles announced the launch of a statewide Kentucky Hunger Task Force initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. “What’s different about this initiative is that we’re starting from the farm level,” Quarles said. “Meaning we’re involving people who actually put the seeds in the ground... Read more 

Gov. Bevin shuffles KRS board and requires disclosure of investment fees via executive order

06/18/2016 11:23 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin has reorganized the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ governing board and required the agency to disclose fees paid to individual investment managers, circumventing a legislative battle that has stalled in the General Assembly in recent years. Bevin issued an executive order on Friday, abolishing the KRS Board of Trustees and creating in its place the KRS Board of Directors, which will oversee pension systems with nearly $20 billion in combined unfunded liabilities. The move expands membership of the panel from... Read more 

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