From Frankfort

Group again protests Ky. Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast over insurer's policies

08/25/2016 04:10 PM

LOUISVILLE — A group of more than two dozen protesters organized by the Fairness Campaign stood outside the Kentucky Exposition Center before Thursday’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast, hoping to pressure the insurance company into changing policies they view as discriminatory. Some examples include the Farm Bureau’s recognition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, opposition to state-supported benefits to same-sex couples and opposition to collective bargaining for public school employees. Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign,... Read more 

Vice chairman of KRS board will become interim executive director Sept. 1

08/24/2016 06:35 PM

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board of Directors on Wednesday named board member David Eager as the pension agency’s interim executive director once Bill Thielen retires Sept. 1. Thielen announced his retirement at the May 19 KRS meeting. One KRS board member who was not involved in Wednesday’s decision was Tommy Elliott, the former board chairman who was removed from the panel via executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin but restored in a temporary injunction issued by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip... Read more 

Bevin submits updated Medicaid plan to federal government

08/24/2016 02:14 PM

After some tweaking Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has submitted his Medicaid waiver plan to the federal government, but not everyone is on board with the proposal. The waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) was sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday — and reflects changes to the proposal after a public comment period. Among the changes to the proposal include allergy testing and... Read more 

Beshear hopes for "final, ultimate decision" by Supreme Court in board reorganization lawsuits

08/23/2016 05:41 PM

LOUISVILLE — Less than a week after he argued against Gov. Matt Bevin’s higher education cuts before the Kentucky Supreme Court, Attorney General Andy Beshear says he ultimately expects to be back in front of the high court as a pair of lawsuits challenging gubernatorial overhauls of boards move through the judicial process. On Monday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary injunction that put ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems board chairman Tommy Elliott back on the panel while keeping other... Read more 

Grimes says voter registration portal and overseas military voting initiatives showing successful results

08/23/2016 04:24 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says that the GoVoteKy.com web portal, launched in March 2016 has been a huge success in allowing Kentuckians to either register to vote, or update their registration online. Grimes told member of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government Subcommittee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force that more and more citizens are being drawn to the site. “We had had over 100,000 Kentuckians access it,” Grimes said. “Over 37,000 applications... Read more 

Group pushing for school scholarship tax credits hopeful ahead of 2017 legislative session

08/21/2016 11:35 AM

It’s the time of year when kids are getting up early, packing a lunch and heading off to school, but for many parents where the bus drops off students is a major issue. While many groups call for charter schools, EdChoice Kentucky, is calling for a tax credit scholarship which would allow for some students living in impoverished areas to attend private educational institutions. Charles Leis is the recently named president of EdChoice Kentucky, and as he explained businesses and... Read more 

Center for Applied Research focuses on Kentucky's future energy needs and resources

08/19/2016 04:03 PM

LEXINGTON – The Interim Energy Special Subcommittee held their monthly meeting on Friday at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) to learn more on the advantages of having such a facility in the commonwealth. CAER focuses on a number of Kentucky issues related to energy including reducing the environmental impact of energy production and use, exploring beneficial uses for coal ash and industrial waste, developing a new portfolio standard, insuring the affordable cost and reliability of power... Read more 

Chair of Senate education committee believes 2017 will be an active session for education legislation

08/19/2016 09:32 AM

FRANKFORT – Senate Standing Committee on Education chair Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, thinks the state implementation of the federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be one of the priority items on the minds of legislators during the 2017 session. “It gives us a whole lot more flexibility, moves everything back to the state, and really limits the authority that the U.S. Department of Education has, and the Secretary of Education has over the states,” Wilson said. Wilson, who has... Read more 

State officials say they have a handle on Zika virus

08/17/2016 06:42 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department of Public Health officials have reported that, as of August 5, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the state, and all were related to travel with no evidence of local transmission within Kentucky. Zika, which is a viral infection primarily spread by the bite of a mosquito, as mild symptoms which include rash, fever, joint pain, and red eye. Eighty percent of those infected experience no symptoms at all and specific laboratory testing... Read more 

Brain Injury Alliance wants to see a streamlining of care services

08/17/2016 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – Advocates for Kentuckians suffering from traumatic brain injuries would like to streamline Kentucky’s current system of care so that the state can better serve those with brain injuries. According to a 2004 University of Kentucky survey, 202,000 or 5 percent of all Kentuckians suffer from brain injuries. Those with brain injuries tend to suffer with physical cognitive and emotional issues, impulsive control disorders, substance abuse, family disorders, and unemployment. Kentucky’s current system for those with brain injuries includes the... Read more 

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