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Governor Bevin signs alcohol shipping bill

06/01/2018 01:54 PM

LOUISVILLE- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, ceremonially signed a bill allowing visitors to ship spirits and wine home. House Bill 400, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, allows visitors to ship up to 4.5 liters of spirits and four bottles of wine per person while visiting a distillery or winery. Alcohol may only be shipped to states that allow alcohol shipments. Currently, only seven states and the District of Columbia allow spirit shipments, and 44 states allow wine shipments. To... Read more 

Bevin promotes Sunderland to Deputy Chief of Staff

06/01/2018 09:28 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has promoted Bryan Sunderland, a former Vice President with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as his Deputy Chief of Staff for policy and legislation. Sunderland, who had been acting as Bevin’s legislative director, will assume many of the responsibilities formerly held by Adam Meier, who was named Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary on May 17, according to the administration. “I am sincerely appreciative for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth in this new capacity,” Sunderland... Read more 

House Republicans say they are poised to hold their ground in November election

05/31/2018 01:42 PM

FLORENCE – Despite House Republican Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, losing to Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda in the Republican primary, some Republican House members believe that in the end, they will still maintain around the same number of seats that they won in 2016 and in the 2018 general election. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who attended the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Legislative Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday in Florence, and was unopposed in the primary,... Read more 

First bill prefiled for 2019 General Assembly Session

05/30/2018 03:06 PM

PIKEVILLE- The first bill of the 2019 legislative session was filed Wednesday by Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forrest Hills. BR 28 seeks to add stronger protections for utility customers in preventing increased utility rates. The bill would also give the Public Service Commission (PSC) broader authority to hold utility companies more accountable when considering to increase rates on customers. The legislation is similar to a bill filed in the 2018 session that died in committee. “Despite the fact that numerous representatives... Read more 

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky partners with Kentucky HEALTH

05/30/2018 12:32 PM

LOUISVILLE- In an effort to help Kentuckians maintain health coverage, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will be partnering with Kentucky HEALTH. The Foundation says its sole mission in the partnership with the Bevin Administration is to keep coverage for those currently receiving Medicaid as the switch to the new waiver is made. The Foundation will focus on the community engagement component, referred to as PATH (Partnering to Advance Training and Health). They will do so by supporting Medicaid beneficiaries... Read more 

Derrick Ramsey appointed as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

05/29/2018 02:05 PM

FRANKFORT- Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has appointed Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Ramsey has most recently been serving as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet, where he has been administering worker compensation and workplace standard laws. Previously, Ramsey served as Deputy Secretary of Commerce under former Governor Ernie Fletcher, R-Kentucky. “Derrick has worked tirelessly for the past 30 months, as Labor Cabinet Secretary, on behalf of Kentucky’s working men and women,” said Gov. Bevin. ... Read more 

Kentucky Department of Public Health to give out 10,000 Hepatitis A vaccinations

05/24/2018 11:35 AM

FRANKFORT- To help aid the Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that they will be giving out 10,000 vaccinations to 10 counties hit with the disease. The Acting Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Howard, made the announcement during a Facebook Live event while providing information about the disease and answering questions for the public. Dr. Howard says each of the 10 counties will receive 1,000 vaccinations... Read more 

After losing GOP primary Wesley Morgan quits GOP, backs Democratic candidate

05/23/2018 02:58 PM

Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has vowed to remain a thorn in the side of the Republican Party and is endorsing Democratic nominee for the 81st House District Morgan Eaves. Rep. Morgan posted his frustrations in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page after losing the Republican nomination on Tuesday night to audiologist Deanna Frazier, who garnered 56.8 percent of the vote. “I will never cease to be a thorn in the side of every member of the Republican Party who... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, two other GOP incumbents lose primary battles

05/22/2018 10:42 PM

With a slim loss in the 71st House District Republican primary House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell lost a stunning race as his GOP opponent, a teacher running on largely Democratic education talking points pulled out a victory. R. Travis Brenda, a teacher from Berea, defeated Shell by 123 votes, less than 2 percentage points, despite being heavily outspent. Brenda has raised $16,126 for the campaign, according to a finance report filed 15 days before the election. Shell raised a... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | Man denied same-sex marriage license loses bid to challenge Kim Davis in November

05/22/2018 10:08 PM

In an effort to unseat the woman who denied him a same-sex marriage license three years ago, Rowan County democrat David Ermold has lost his bid to challenge incumbent Kim Davis. In 2015, Davis made national headlines when she cited religious beliefs for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized the unions. Democrat Elwood Caudill earned the democratic nomination to challenge Davis in November after receiving more than half of... Read more 

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