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What passed and what didn't as the clock ran out on the 2014 session

04/16/2014 10:13 AM

The final hour probably was not lawmakers’ finest hour. Earlier Tuesday night — the 60th and final day of the 2014 session — they passed a flurry of bills. But the last hour of the session was marked by procedural votes, finger-pointing and inaction on several key bills. First, what passed on the final night: The Road Bill – Not passing the bill with road and bridge projects or the funding for the transportation cabinet has forced special sessions in... Read more 

Stivers: Failure to pass heroin legislation 'tragic'; Will ask Beshear to call special session on the issue

04/16/2014 01:35 AM

Calling the failure of the House to pass a heroin bill “tragic,” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, vowed to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday and urge him to call a special session. Before the 2014 legislative session even began, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation aimed at curbing the rising scourge of heroin in Kentucky. The three-tiered bill would have provided education, treatment and tougher penalties for those people caught trafficking the drug. The bill hit speed bumps... Read more 

Clock runs out on heroin bill, among others, after House GOP group protest of procedures

04/15/2014 11:16 PM

What amounted to a 45-minute rhetorical exercise in the House over a provision requested by the Secretary of State, effectively ran out the clock on the 2014 session — including the bill aimed at combating heroin. The heroin legislation was perhaps the most high-profile bill among several that fell short in the final hour of the 2014 legislative session. The measure would have increased treatment availability and education, provided for wider use of the drug Naloxone to combat the effects... Read more 

General Assembly 2014: Late night wheeling-dealing-horse-trading edition

04/15/2014 07:24 PM

Legislators spent the evening trying to combine, link and leverage bills in a flurry of negotiations. That didn’t always yield smooth results. The House, for instance, passed the state’s transportation operational budget bill, House Bill 236, by a 58-37 vote shortly after 10 p.m. But in the spending bill — a companion bill to the road and bridge project list — was a provision the Senate put in language that weighed in on a dispute over occupational taxes in four communities... Read more 

General Assembly 2014: Final day update -- dinner recess edition

04/15/2014 05:20 PM

The road plan is here. Senators got their copies of the bill will nearly $4 billion in spending for major road and bridge projects. Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood and the Senate Transportation chairman, said the House and Senate already started with agreement on $2.7 billion worth of projects. The challenge was squeezing $1.7 billion of requests into a little more than $900 million. The result is a road plan that is 25 percent “over programmed,” meaning there are more projects... Read more 

Grimes brings in $2.7 million in first quarter of 2014, outraising McConnell

04/15/2014 03:53 PM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced fundraising numbers Tuesday, showing Grimes outpaced Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell by $300,000 in the first three months of 2014. According to a press release from the campaign, Grimes had her best fundraising quarter yet as she brought in $2.7 million, bringing her total amount raised for the cycle to $7.3 million. The Grimes campaign touted the candidates quarter numbers, noting that the total surpassed the amount raised by McConnell .... Read more 

General Assembly 2014: Final day update -- noon edition

04/15/2014 10:57 AM

A day after warning of a possible special session to finish a bill outlining road and bridge projects, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday morning that the House and Senate have a single road plan leaders think they can agree to. Stumbo said the list looks like the one that House suggested to the Senate over the weekend. Stumbo said the House Democratic leaders will have to review the bill and is likely to pass it late today. At noon,... Read more 


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