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Senate's priority education reform bill passes education committee

02/11/2016 05:34 PM

FRANKFORT — The state Senate’s top priority bill, which would change the way the state would review their educational standards and how schools and students would be evaluated, cleared the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, passed by a 9-3 vote with the three Democrats on the committee — Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Gerald Neal, D-Louisville; Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington; and Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg — voting “no.” The bill looks to do away... Read more 

Senate Bill 5 amended to offer separate marriage license forms, clearing committee

02/10/2016 09:04 PM

FRANKFORT — Couples would pick between two marriage licenses once they tie the knot under a bill passed by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. The proposed change in Senate Bill 5 would allow newlyweds to choose licenses that identify them as first and second parties or bride and groom, and neither would bear the name of the county clerk. Sen. Steve West, a Paris Republican and the bill’s sponsor, says he hopes he’s found a compromise resolution on... Read more 

Senate, House committees pass companion bills dubbed "Noah's Law" on covering formula for eosinophilic disorder patients

02/10/2016 07:38 PM

FRANKFORT — A pair of bills that would ensure health coverage of amino-acid-based formulas consumed by those suffering from eosinophilic disorders unanimously cleared House and Senate committees on Wednesday. Senate Bill 146 and House Bill 353 emerged this year in response to a 9-year-old Pike County boy named Noah Greenhill, who suffers eosinophilic esophagitis and is the namesake of the bill called “Noah’s Law.” Noah suffers eosinophilic esophagitis, which affects his esophagus, and had for years suffered reflux, nausea, rashes and intense... Read more 

'Revenge porn' protection bill unanimously passes House committee

02/10/2016 04:02 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would prohibit the distribution of sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted unanimously passed a House committee on Wednesday. House Bill 110, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, is aimed at protecting individuals from having private and possibly sexually explicit images, from being posted online without their permission. The legislation, known as the “revenge porn” bill would make distribution of sexually charged images without consent a Class A misdemeanor unless it is done... Read more 

Bevin's proposed budget cuts threaten watchdog agencies, elections

02/09/2016 10:52 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year spending plan could have drastic consequences for two agencies charged with keeping an eye on politicians and the dollars they spend. Officials with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection that there is no way the agencies can survive the cuts as handed down and still fulfill their statutory obligations to watch over... Read more 

Public-private partnership bill clears House budget committee, prepped for floor vote

02/09/2016 05:02 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would authorize the use of public-private partnerships cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on an 18-4 vote on Tuesday. The bill has been a pet issue for Rep. Leslie Combs in recent years, and after announcing her retirement from the House last month, this year will be her last shot at shepherding the legislation into law. And after twice failing to become law in 2014 and 2015 thanks in part to opposition against tolling on reconstruction of... Read more 

Senate A&R committee finds agreement in Bevin's budget request

02/09/2016 02:52 PM

FRANKFORT – Senators got their first rundown of the in-depth executive branch budget on Tuesday, and had a decidedly more favorable opinion of the document than it’s been received in the state House. There were some questions and requests for specifics from members of the Republican controlled chamber. Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz, questioned state Budget Director John Chilton about how agencies will handle the proposed 4.5 percent cuts for this fiscal year. “Have you seen innovative ways that agencies are... Read more 

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