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RPK Targets two House Democrats for missing votes

03/14/2017 04:39 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Party of Kentucky is continuing to keep pressure on House Democrats who have missed votes, or are voting against bills being promoted by the Republican supermajority with a round of targeted posts and websites launched on Tuesday. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, and Rep. Russ Meyer, D-Nicholasville, have been singled out by the Republican Party with the round of Facebook posts and micro-sites calling them out for missing votes this session on the House floor. The RPK tells... Read more 

Performance-based postsecondary funding bill passes House 65-29

03/14/2017 04:24 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would move the state to a performance-based funding model for the state’s public colleges and universities is heading to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk after passing the House on a 65-29 vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 153 would base postsecondary funding on a number for factors, such as student retention and degrees conferred. Current funding levels would be retained in 2019 and any variances would be limited to 1 percent and 2 percent in the following two years, respectively. Rep.... Read more 

Bill which implements tougher sentences for persons who take part in gang activity passes Senate committee

03/14/2017 03:28 PM

FRANKFORT – individuals who recruit children under 15 years old to join gangs would face harsher prison sentences under legislation which was unanimously passed on Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. House Bill 315, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, calls for stiffer penalties for adults 18 and older who are charged with intentionally encouraging someone to join a criminal gang and would face misdemeanor or felony charges for repeat offenses. Benvenuti told committee members that Kentucky’s current laws are outdated... Read more 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches "transparency portal"

03/14/2017 02:47 PM

Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced the launch of a website providing information on Kentucky’s boards and commissions on Tuesday. The launch of the transparency portal comes after a recent Civic Health Index report, released from the Secretary of State’s Office, found that citizens have lost trust in institutions like state government. In a press release, Grimes said that she was committed to engaging voters and rebuilding trust between government and constituents. “My office is committed to rebuilding the... Read more 

House bill to limit drone surveillance without a warrant clears Senate committee

03/14/2017 12:16 PM

FRANKFORT – A House bill that would require police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations cleared the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday. House Bill 291, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park, which passed by a 6-2 vote in the committee, would require a judicial warrant specifically naming the targeted individual before police could use a drone for surveillance in most situations. The proposed law would allow warrantless use of a drone when... Read more 

Bevin, state leaders ask nonprofit, faith communities for help in fixing foster care system at summit

03/12/2017 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services appealed to nonprofit and religious leaders for their help in finding permanent homes for Kentucky’s 8,000 foster youth Friday. Bevin and others spoke to about 250 at the Summit to Save Our Children, held at the Administrative Office of the Courts, stressing the need to help children who are in the state’s care at no fault of their own. Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of CHFS, called Kentucky’s foster... Read more 

Vice President Mike Pence promotes GOP health proposal during Jeffersontown stop as debate roils in D.C. and beyond

03/11/2017 07:35 PM

JEFFERSONTOWN — With Republicans in Congress advancing their first proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, Vice President Mike Pence spent part of his Saturday selling the plan to more than 100 who gathered at Harshaw Trane. Before taking the stage, he spoke with small business owners about the proposed American Health Care Act. The GOP-led House of Representatives is fast-tracking the bill that would removes or alters key parts of the federal health law known as Obamacare through reconciliation, a budgetary... Read more 

Bill requiring additional records checks for school employees, public camp workers headed to House floor

03/09/2017 02:22 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would require school districts to check with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for substantiated instances of child abuse before making hires is heading to the House floor. The House Health and Family Services committee approved Senate Bill 236 on a unanimous 12-0 vote Thursday. The bill would require new hires at school districts to obtain letters from the health cabinet indicating that they have no substantiated instances of child abuse or neglect on their records. SB 236... Read more 

House Bible literacy bill for public schools passed by Senate education committee

03/09/2017 01:52 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill aimed at creating elective Bible literacy courses in public schools was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Education on Thursday. House Bill 128, sponsored by Rep. DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, would require the state Board of Education to establish policies for local school boards that choose to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the... Read more 

Stivers says there was no influence from governor to file amendment stripping AG's office of some powers

03/08/2017 09:50 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers says that his amendment to House Bill 281 which would strip the Attorney General’s office of some powers was his idea alone and not Gov. Matt Bevin’s. Stivers’ amendment would only allow the attorney general to sue in five types of cases, including Medicaid fraud and consumer protection, and give the rest of his civil power to the governor. HB 281 was heard on Wednesday morning by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, but no vote was... Read more 

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