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Bill would establish a new minimum age for marriage in Kentucky

02/15/2018 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT – A Senate bill, which would establish a new minimum age for marriage in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, was introduced on Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary. Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, would set the floor for marriage at the age of 17, currently there is no floor for marriage. The bill would require judicial approval with established criteria that must be accessed by the judge in order to ensure... Read more 

Bevin blames video games and culture for school shooting

02/15/2018 01:46 PM

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is responding to the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead and at least 14 hurt. Bevin appeared on a talk radio broadcast on Thursday, saying he is heartbroken over the shooting, mere weeks since the Marshall County High School shooting took the lives of two people, injuring 17 others. Bevin again said guns are not the cause of the school shootings — blaming culture and violent video games, and other media. The first-term governor compared... Read more 

Senate President Stivers now says don't expect pension bill until next week

02/14/2018 04:17 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who yesterday thought a pension bill could be filed as early as Thursday, now says that he doesn’t expect one to surface until at least Tuesday of next week when the General Assembly returns from a 3-day holiday weekend. Stivers said the delay is due to the process of putting together such a complex, 200-page bill. “When you reference and you put in bills, references to statutes and how they interplay with each other, especially... Read more 

As Kentucky leads the nation in parental incarceration, advocates offer solutions to protect kids

02/14/2018 02:16 PM

Among incarcerated Kentuckians, three out of every five inmates have children, and that rate of parents behind bars could have profound impacts on children in the state, advocates warn. Kentucky is currently ranked second in the United States for the number of parents behind bars. For those 32,700 children whose parent is incarcerated they face short-term impacts, like housing stability and education, and there are also long-term impacts from the trauma children experience when they are separated from a parent. Long... Read more 

Bill designed to protect independent pharmacies passes Senate committee

02/14/2018 01:50 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill which would move Medicaid reimbursement for pharmacies from Managed Care Organizations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was passed on Wednesday by the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare. Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would make the Department for Medicaid Services the administrator of all benefits payouts to pharmacies. Wise feels that one of the biggest reasons for the legislation is to protect the retail and independent pharmacies in... Read more 

Quarles meets with Trump, others at White House to discuss infrastructure proposal

02/14/2018 08:10 AM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles met with President Trump and others, including Ivanka Trump at the White House on Monday as the administration unveiled a sweeping proposal to rework infrastructure in the United States. Quarles, who was the lone state agriculture commissioner at the unveiling of the plan on Monday, lauded the $200 billion plan which would set aside $50 billion in block grants for projects in rural America. Trump intends on generating up to $1.5 trillion in total with... Read more 

Senate President Stivers expects a pension bill as early as Thursday of this week

02/13/2018 05:21 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester says there’s a good chance a pension reform bill will be introduced in either the House or Senate as early as Thursday of this week. Wednesday will mark day 30 of the 60-day session with many wondering if and when a pension bill would be crafted. Stivers says while it was impossible for him to explain all of the nuances bill, there is one big piece of the puzzle where there will be no change. “The... Read more 

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