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Beshear introduces Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit

01/16/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, announced Tuesday the creation of a Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit to investigate cold sexual assault cases and implement a statewide plan of action to improve justice for victims of sexual assault. The unit is funded through a $3 million U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant that was awarded to the Attorney General’s office. “These funds are allowing us to create a dedicated cold case... Read more 

Minority Caucus Chair says it will be hard to conduct business with sexual harassment scandal still hanging over body

01/15/2018 04:52 PM

NEWPORT – A northern Kentucky state representative believes that even though the House agreed to table Rule 23A and disband the eight member special investigative committee investigating whether sexual harassment charges against Representative Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, were valid and warranted further investigation, the body will still have a hard time conducting business. Rep. Dennis Keene,D-Wilder, believes that as long as the Legislative Ethics Commission investigation into the circumstances of a confidential sexual harassment settlement between four members of the House... Read more 

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer will not run for Secretary of State in 2019

01/13/2018 10:03 AM

FRANKFORT – After considering a run for Secretary of State in 2019, Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has decided not to run for the statewide office. Thayer, who has served in the Senate since 2003, said that he did not want the distraction of running for a statewide office to get in the way of the work that he’s currently doing in the Senate. “I have determined that the best way to serve my district, my caucus, my party... Read more 

Bevin announces approval of 1115 waiver, threatens termination of Medicaid expansion

01/12/2018 02:02 PM

FRANKFORT- Highlighting the health challenges facing Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced the approval of the new 1115 Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH. The approval of the Medicaid work requirement makes Kentucky the first in the nation to apply work requirements to Medicaid recipients. Nine other states have applied for similar waivers. “Kentucky will lead the way and show other states how Medicaid can be changed, other states will follow our example.” Bevin said. Bevin administration officials highlighted the changes to... Read more 

Senate leaders still not sure when a pension bill will be in place for consideration

01/12/2018 01:52 PM

FRANKFORT – With Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and Budget address scheduled for Tuesday night, there is speculation as to when the first pension bill will surface. While the Senate waits, the House has been bogged down with all of the drama related to former Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover’s sexual harassment allegations, which has brought progress on a pension bill to a standstill. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, is hopeful that a bill might surface next week, but... Read more 

Carroll accuser, Jason Geis welcomed on Senate floor Thursday

01/12/2018 11:08 AM

The Senate got a surprise on Thursday afternoon when Jason Geis, the man who was allegedly propositioned for sex by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Kentucky, in exchange for help getting into art school, appeared on the Senate floor as a guest of the upper chamber. The 86-year old former governor waved at Geis as he and his son were announced in the Senate. Carroll was kicked out of Democratic leadership by the Senate Democratic caucus last year following a report... Read more 

Bill to move gubernatorial elections to even numbered years passes Senate

01/11/2018 05:20 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which move the year for the governor, lieutenant governor and all of the constitutional officer elections from the current odd numbered years to even numbered years was passed by the full Senate. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, passed 24-11 along party lines, and would put the question in the form of a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters to decide. “I can’t imagine anything more democratic or bipartisan in wanting to save money, make... Read more 

Committee studies cost of Medicaid prescriptions in relation to pharmacy benefit managers

01/11/2018 05:12 PM

FRANKFORT – The role of pharmacy benefit managers and their role in determining the cost of drugs for Medicaid patients was the subject of today’s joint meeting of the Senate and House committee on Banking and Insurance. A pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) is a health care company that contracts with insurers, employers, and government programs to administer the prescription drug portion of the health care benefit. PBMs work with insurers and employers to perform a variety of services to ensure high-quality, cost... Read more 

Lawmakers cancel session on Friday ahead of weather threat

01/11/2018 05:07 PM

With predictions for ice and snow on Friday across Kentucky the General Assembly has canceled their normal legislative work day. Session will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4pm, the same day as the State of the Commonwealth address from Gov. Matt Bevin. There is a winter storm warning issued for western Kentucky, and Louisville. Lawmakers will not be in session on Monday, acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Read more 

Medical Marijuana legislation introduced in the House

01/11/2018 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT- Representative John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Kentucky. House Bill 166 was unveiled Thursday by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, and members of the medical marijuana task force. The bill includes proposals from the task force. “What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,” Grimes said. “Now, with 29 states and... Read more 

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