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Foster-care bills on fast track to Gov. Bevin's desk after sailing through Senate committee

02/22/2017 01:29 PM

FRANKFORT — A pair of bills meant to make life easier for Kentucky’s foster youth breezed through the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. Foster youth would have an option to be placed in the home of a person who isn’t related but shares some sort of relationship with the child, such as a family friend, a neighbor or a coach, under House Bill 180, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence. House Bill 192, sponsored by Rep. Larry Brown, R-Prestonsburg, would... Read more 

Bill granting funding for Bowling Green veterans nursing home passed House budget committee

02/21/2017 09:18 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill that would authorize $10.5 million in bonds for a new veterans nursing home in Bowling Green cleared the House budget committee on Tuesday. Supporters say bonding authority granted under House Bill 13 is necessary to improve the 90-bed project’s chances of becoming a reality and that bonds are needed to match $19.5 million in federal funding. While some opposed HB 13 in favor of another proposed veterans facility in Magoffin County, the bill ultimately passed the House... Read more 

Public colleges and universities would move to performance-based funding model under bill that cleared Senate committee

02/21/2017 07:22 PM

FRANKFORT — Funding for the state’s postsecondary schools would be based on the numbers of degrees they confer, students enrolled, credit hours earned and other factors under legislation passed by the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, would codify a performance-based funding model described in last year’s biennial budget. The formula would be administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education, and Givens said SB 153 has been backed... Read more 

McConnell greeted by hundreds of protestors in Anderson County

02/21/2017 05:46 PM

LAWRENCEBURG – Between 700 and 800 protestors greeted U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as he spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg. Democratic Party of Kentucky Communications Director Daniel Lowry said the protestors came from across the state to send McConnell a message. “They don’t appreciate the things that he has done such as vote against workers, voting against the minimum wage hike, and he has shut down Senator Warren,” Lowry said.... Read more 

Trump's behavior "terrifying," Congressman Yarmuth says

02/21/2017 12:21 PM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, is becoming increasingly alarmed with the actions and words from President Donald Trump. Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democratic official, who is now the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, summed up Trump’s presidency after a recent press conference in a word as “terrifying.” “It’s terrifying from a number of perspectives,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News on Monday. “One is he’s incoherent; President Trump literally cannot express a thought that is coherent. Secondly,... Read more 

House Democrat files medical marijuana bill

02/19/2017 10:58 AM

As more lawmakers hear from their constituents advocating for access to medical marijuana, freshman Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed a bill which would allow patients access to the drug. House Bill 411, is barely two-pages in length and would essentially allow physicians the ability to prescribe the drug to patients, and not hold those doctors liable for recommending marijuana. Sims is filing the legislation for Eric Crawford, a quadriplegic of 23-years, who lives in Mason County and is a... Read more 

Time for bills in General Assembly getting tight as lawmakers head into second half of 30-day session

02/18/2017 05:30 PM

FRANKFORT – With this year’s 30-day legislative session entering its second half next week, lawmakers are working to ensure a number of bills reach Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk before the General Assembly adjourns sine die. While anything can be resuscitated through amendments or tacked onto so-called “Christmas tree” bills at the 11th hour, many pieces of legislation will wither without movement next week. House Speaker Jeff Hoover told representatives Friday, the 14th legislative day in the session, that the 533 bills... Read more 

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