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Member of Bevin administration joins Top Shelf Lobby as partner

03/22/2017 03:23 PM

Justin Clark, who recently served in the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin as general counsel for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is joining Top Shelf Lobby as a partner, effective April 1, 2017. “Top Shelf Lobby is excited to have Justin join our firm as partner,” said Top Shelf partner, Marc Wilson. “His skill sets, his legal experience and knowledge of the process in state government is a tremendous asset that will help grow our firm to the... Read more 

Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims

03/21/2017 03:15 PM

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. The first batches of previously backlogged sexual assault kits have been returning to Kentucky, rechecked by Kentucky State Police analysts and entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System database. Victims are beginning to be notified by law enforcement in an effort to reopen cases and potentially prosecute offenders. In Louisville, the metro police department’s special... Read more 

Senate budget chair believes that special session on tax reform is still a long way off

03/21/2017 02:29 PM

ERLANGER – Senate Appropriations and Revenue Chair Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, believes that a lot of work is going to have to be done before a special session on tax reform can be called by the Gov. Matt Bevin in 2017. McDaniel acknowledges when and if a special session is going to happen it’s totally up to Gov. Matt Bevin, but doesn’t see it happening for quite some time. “I just don’t think that any plans that could be out there... Read more 

Son of state senator banned from 3rd floor of Capitol Annex says he will hire an attorney to clear his name

03/16/2017 02:54 PM

Dan Seum Jr., a medical marijuana advocate and the son of Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, has been banned from the third floor of the Capitol Annex after racially charged comments, according to a letter detailing the ban. But the younger Seum says the whole incident is a misunderstanding and that he plans on hiring an attorney to help clear his name. News of the incident first broke on Wednesday in an article written by Tom Loftus for the Louisville Courier-Journal which... Read more 

Kentucky places second for Site Selection's Governor's Cup award after winning twice

03/16/2017 01:56 PM

After taking the top spot for two years in a row, Kentucky placed second in Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup awards in per capita development projects. Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced the magazine’s rankings in a news release Thursday. Kentucky was edged out by Nebraska in the per capita category despite having more than twice as many qualifying projects as tracked by Conway Projects Database. Texas won the top state by number of projects total, a list that ranked Kentucky seventh... Read more 

House passes trio of Senate's priority bills as veto break looms

03/15/2017 07:16 PM

FRANKFORT — The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would give governors broader authority in removing trustees from university boards on a 60-33 vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 107, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, stems from Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision last year to reorganize the University of Louisville board of trustees, which he said had become dysfunctional and out of compliance with laws on minority and political representation. His actions were ultimately overturned in Franklin Circuit Court after Attorney General... Read more 

Charter schools bill passed by Senate, House heads to Gov. Bevin's desk

03/15/2017 06:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation which would authorize public charter schools throughout Kentucky was passed by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 520, sponsored by Rep. Bam Carney, R-Campbellsville, passed by a 23-15 vote with all Democrats, along Republicans Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, Sen. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, and Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, casting no votes. The House later passed the bill on a 53-43 vote, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. A lot of floor debate... Read more 

Public charter schools bill heading to Senate floor after passing education committee

03/15/2017 01:36 PM

FRANKFORT — The Senate Education Committee has approved amended legislation that would authorize public charter schools throughout Kentucky, setting up a likely floor vote later Wednesday. House Bill 520 cleared the education panel on a 9-3 party-line vote with a few changes. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, said the upper chamber cleaned up language in a number of areas, such as requirements that charter schools hire certified teachers, lotteries conducted by charter schools and participation in athletics. Supporters and opponents shared... Read more 

Reentry reform legislation passes House judiciary

03/15/2017 12:51 PM

FRANKFORT- A bill which would make it easier for individuals released from the criminal justice system to reenter the work force after they have completed their sentences was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Judiciary on Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would lift some employment barriers for felons in hopes of keeping them from reoffending. The legislation would also allow Class C and D felons on probation or parole to earn compliance credit and... Read more 

RPK Targets two House Democrats for missing votes

03/14/2017 04:39 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Party of Kentucky is continuing to keep pressure on House Democrats who have missed votes, or are voting against bills being promoted by the Republican supermajority with a round of targeted posts and websites launched on Tuesday. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, and Rep. Russ Meyer, D-Nicholasville, have been singled out by the Republican Party with the round of Facebook posts and micro-sites calling them out for missing votes this session on the House floor. The RPK tells... Read more 

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