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Debt ceiling and transgender bills pass Senate

02/27/2015 04:37 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky state Senate passed bills on Friday that would set the debt ceiling at 6 percent and require public school students to use the restrooms of the sex that they were born. Senate Bill 94, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, would cap the state’s debt at 6 percent of revenue and would direct any savings realized in drawing down the state’s indebtedness to the underfunded Kentucky Employees Retirement System for non-hazardous state workers. KERS has just 21... Read more 

At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

02/27/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Paul, R-Ky., delivered a nearly 20-minute speech often interrupted by cheers and chants from the young libertarian-leaning crowd. In his speech Paul delivered a call to arms for lovers of liberty to join his vision and “reclaim our birthright.” During his remarks, Paul cited the Constitution — reminding the crowd their rights cannot be disparaged —... Read more 

House Education Committee approves bill to improve poor-performing schools

02/26/2015 09:45 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation aiming to turn around persistently low-performing schools narrowly passed the House Education Committee Thursday, with a Democrat changing his vote to advance the bill. House Bill 498, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham, cleared the committee 17-3-2. Voting initially stalled at 16-3-3 with 17 supporters needed for approval, but Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, switched from a “pass” to send HB 498 to the House floor. The legislation would create a class of targeted focus schools. There were nearly 300 focus... Read more 

Discussions on heroin legislation continue in House judiciary panel, but no vote taken on Senate Bill 5

02/26/2015 03:28 PM

FRANKFORT — Talks on legislation targeting Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin problem continued Thursday as lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee reviewed, but did not vote on, the Senate’s version of a response to the drug issue. With the 30-day session nearing an end, Rep. John Tilley hopes the two sides can meet soon and cobble together a resolution. He floated a possible informal conference committee meeting on Saturday, but that was news to Sen. Chris McDaniel, who presented Senate Bill 5 in... Read more 

House bill to help fund UK cancer research center clears Senate committee

02/26/2015 12:42 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill which would authorize the General Assembly to help fund a new medical research center at the University of Kentucky was unanimously passed on Thursday by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. House Bill 298, sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, would authorize the state to appropriate $132.5 million, or half of the cost for the construction of a new research building. The university will come up with half of the construction and all other associated... Read more 

Public-private partnership legislation passes House; veto threat over tolling amendment avoided

02/25/2015 08:21 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would allow the state to pursue agreements with private industry in capital projects cleared the House 84-13 Wednesday, and lawmakers resoundingly defeated a floor amendment that doomed a similar bill last year. House Bill 443 — the public-private partnership, or P3, bill sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs — now heads to the Senate, which joined the House in sending last year’s public-private partnership bill to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk. But Beshear vetoed that legislation, pointing to an... Read more 

Beshear says he wants needle exchange in heroin bill; will ask House and Senate leaders to discuss KTRS bonding

02/25/2015 06:54 PM

As lawmakers head toward a likely conference committee to negotiate an agreement on anti-heroin legislation, Gov. Steve Beshear says a provision to allow local needle-exchange programs should be part of a final bill. Speaking to reporters outside his Capitol office just hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee heard discussion on the House version of the heroin legislation, Beshear said he was in favor of the House version of the bill but applauded both the House and Senate for their work... Read more 

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