From Frankfort

Budget, tax bill tweaks pass General Assembly

04/14/2018 02:34 PM

FRANKFORT- As the clock is ticking before sine die, the Senate Appropriation and Revenue committee approved two committee substitutes cleaning up language in the budget and revenue bills. House Bill 265 SCS1, cleans up the language from House Bill 200. It does various things, including shifting $7 million to school districts who have been adversely affected by the loss in unmined minerals tax. It also creates language for tourism grants through the Kentucky Office of Tourism. House Bill 487,... Read more 

Teachers, parents disgusted with Bevin's sexual assault comments, House Condemns

04/14/2018 10:12 AM

FRANKFORT- Hours after Governor Bevin insinuated children were being sexually assaulted due to the thousands of teachers protesting at the Capitol, parents and teachers say they are disgusted by his comments. “I thought they were quite disgusting, quite loaded and quite insensitive.” said Nicole Finley, a parent from Louisville. Terry Long, a retired teacher from Greenville, was almost left speechless by the comments. “What he said yesterday, terrible..it just befuddles me. It can’t help anything, it especially can’t help him,” he... Read more 

House and Senate override vetos on budget and revenue and tax reform bills

04/13/2018 10:20 PM

FRANKFORT – The House and Senate voted to override the Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of of House Bill 366, known as the revenue and tax reform bill, as well as House Bill 200, the budget bill. For House Bill 366, the House voted 57 to 40 to override the veto, while the Senate narrowly voted to override by a 20 to 18 vote with Senate President Robert Stivers casting the deciding yes vote. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who voted... Read more 

General Assembly passed bill which would increase penalties for adults who recruit gang members

04/13/2018 10:20 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would impose harsher penalties for adults who recruit individuals, including kids, for gangs has been passed by the Kentucky General Assembly on Friday. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would make it a felony to recruit gang members. The bill was passed on a 21-17 vote with six Republicans, Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, Sen. Stephen Meredith, R-Leitchfield, Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville and Sen. Brandon... Read more 

Bevin threatens special session on tax reform and budget if lawmakers override his vetoes

04/13/2018 02:48 PM

FRANKFORT — As the House of Representatives took to the floor to debate a controversial tax overhaul that generates revenue in an effort to fund education and pension payments, Gov. Bevin threatened to call them back to Frankfort in a special session if the bills were not fiscally responsible. Minutes before the House voted to override the veto on the bill with a 57 – 40 vote, Bevin tweeted that he would call a special session if the means to... Read more 

Pension injunction hearing likely next week, Beshear says

04/13/2018 01:28 PM

FRANKFORT- The hearing to prevent the pension reform bill from becoming law will likely happening next week, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky. While meeting with teachers at a rally Friday, Beshear told Pure Politics the injunction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but could be moved up to earlier in the week. “Right now it is scheduled for Wednesday, but it may end up being sooner depending if the judge wants more time, but we’re ready, we’re confident and... Read more 

Thousands of teachers rally at Capitol, McConnell building sign vandalized

04/13/2018 12:42 PM

FRANKFORT — Thousands of teachers from all across the Commonwealth gathered on the steps of the Capitol building in Frankfort on Friday, as lawmakers began their final hours of the 2018 legislative session inside. Teachers poured out by the busload at the base of the steps leading up to the state Capitol building on Friday, many carrying homemade signs aimed at Gov. Matt Bevin, and the many statements he has made this year — including calling some teacher’s thugs for... Read more 

Rally at NKU targets cuts to education which has led to uncertainty on college campuses

04/12/2018 04:36 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Hundreds of faculty, staff and students at Northern Kentucky University held a noontime rally to protest statewide budget cuts that have led to job uncertainties on the Highland Heights campus. Mark Leeman, an associate professor at NKU and one of the rally’s organizers, told those in attendance that the state’s practice of underfunding postsecondary education has been taking place for some time and if it continues it will lead to a not so prosperous Kentucky. “This year, the state... Read more 

What to watch for when lawmakers return for final days of session

04/12/2018 03:37 PM

Legislators from around the state return to Frankfort on Friday for one of the final days this legislative session, and they have several heavy lifts in front of them. After nearly three-months in session, lawmakers will make a final scramble in their remaining 48 hours to again pass a budget and revenue measure after Gov. Bevin vetoed their compromise plan. Overriding vetoes on tax and budget bills Lawmakers will have to carefully count their votes and decide if they can cobble together... Read more 

Bevin requests disaster declaration, Congressional delegation supports request

04/11/2018 03:46 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin is requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were affected during severe weather in late February, a move backed by the entire Congressional delegation. Bevin reportedly sent a letter to President Trump on Monday seeking the deceleration for the weather event which caused over $24.7 million in damages statewide, with 75 percent of that total related to highways, bridges and local infrastructure, the Bevin administration said in a news release. “This requested Presidential Disaster... Read more 

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