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Senate GOP leaders say they will focus on jobs, economy in 2017 session

12/01/2016 04:59 PM

With Democrats out of power in Kentucky’s House of Representatives, Senate Republicans are eager to see a number of bills that had stalled in the lower chamber become law. Speaking at their caucus retreat in Paducah on Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders say they will focus primarily on economic legislation in the upcoming session that gavels in Jan. 3. “I think what we want to do is create an environment and atmosphere that has jobs at the end of our mission, and we... Read more 

Law enforcement professionals honing their skills to fight human trafficking

12/01/2016 03:08 PM

FRANKFORT — Prosecutors and police officers from across the state met to discuss ways to combat human trafficking, one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in Kentucky. Thursday marked the first day of a day-and-a-half training regimen through the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute. Attorney General Andy Beshear, whose office is hosting the training, says human trafficking affects every county in the state. He recounted how his office partnered with police in Louisville to save a 14-year-old girl before... Read more 

Senate Republicans look to finally be able to pass legislation which was stymied by House Democrats in past years

12/01/2016 10:32 AM

COVINGTON – As Senate Republicans meet at their annual retreat in Paducah, one reality is that for the first time in 95 years, legislation which is passed out of their chamber in 2017 has a better chance than ever to pass both chambers, and be signed into law. Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, senses a lot of optimism among his colleagues who are looking forward to the 2017 session with more enthusiasm than ever. “A lot of the priority items that we’ve... Read more 

Reforming the tax code, where the experts see the discussion ahead of 2017

12/01/2016 09:13 AM

Details are scant on what exactly a GOP tax reform package would consist of or even when a proposal could come, but tax insiders are speculating on which way the discussions could play out based on previous comments from the governor and others. Charles George, the government affairs director for the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Mark Loyd, a partner and chair of the Bingham, Greenbaum, Doll’s tax and employee benefits practice group, broke down the need for... Read more 

House Republicans pick four new members of leadership team

11/30/2016 06:26 PM

FRANKFORT — House Republicans elected four new members of its leadership team on Wednesday as they prepare to assume control of the lower chamber for the first time since 1921. The 64-member caucus elected Rep. Jonathan Shell, who was unopposed, as its next majority floor leader; Rep. David Osborne as House speaker pro tem; Rep. David Meade as majority caucus chair; and Rep. Kevin Bratcher as majority whip. The latter three races were contested, but House Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover, who was unanimously... Read more 

Rep. Brian Linder admits pressure is now on GOP, but is looking forward to help move the state forward

11/30/2016 06:26 PM

DRY RIDGE — When the Kentucky House of Representatives convenes on Jan. 3, it will mark the first time in 95 years that the GOP has controlled the House, and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, is one of many GOP House members who is looking forward to the day when his party will control the House, Senate and Governor’s Office. Linder, who was first elected in 2013, admits that there could be some pressure on state Republicans, but he feels that... Read more 

Gov. Bevin talks new building panel, Medicaid waiver application, gun violence and pensions in wide-ranging news conference

11/29/2016 04:23 PM

LOUISVILLE — Gov. Matt Bevin covered a plethora of topics in a wide-ranging press conference on Tuesday to announce the formation of the Housing, Buildings and Construction Advisory Committee as part of his administration’s efforts to reduce regulations. The first-year Republican also touched on his expectations for the state’s Medicaid waiver application under President-elect Donald Trump, increasing gun violence in the state’s two largest cities and pension reforms on the horizon during a nearly hourlong news conference at the Building Industry... Read more 

Legislation has allowed state's craft beer industry to thrive

11/28/2016 04:33 PM

FLORENCE – Officials with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers say that 2016 legislation, which allowed craft brewers to double the maximum production cap for a calendar year, has paid dividends for the growing number of micro brewers across the state. Adam Watson, owner of Against the Grain brewery and president of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations on Monday that Senate Bill 11, which increased the production cap for a microbrewery... Read more 

Proposed legislation would allow licensed physical therapists to practice in other states without having to obtain an additional license

11/28/2016 03:54 PM

FLORENCE – Licensed physical therapists would have the ability to practice in other states without having to obtain another license from that state if physical therapy licensure Compact legislation is passed during the upcoming 2017 session. The Physical Therapy Compact would dictate that participating member states would recognize licenses from other member states as long as the physical therapist’s license is in good standing and is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the state in which he/she is practicing. Kentucky... Read more 

Sen. John Schickel says General Assembly has done 'horrible' when it comes to addressing the heroin crisis

11/28/2016 03:18 PM

FLORENCE – Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, says that the General Assembly has done a “horrible job” when it comes to addressing the heroin crisis and challenged members of the legislature to do more during the upcoming session. Schickel made the comments on Monday during the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations meeting which was held at Turfway Park. The GOP lawmakers comments came in response to Kentucky Association of Realtors CEO Steve Stevens, who was emphasizing how the heroin crisis... Read more 

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