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Beshear files lawsuit against pension reform bill

04/11/2018 11:12 AM

FRANKFORT- As promised, Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the pension reform bill signed into law Tuesday. Beshear along with the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police named Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect, as the defendants on the lawsuit filed in Franklin County Circuit Court. The lawsuit says it is seeking a declaration of rights, a temporary injunction... Read more 

Bevin Signs Pension Reform Bill

04/10/2018 07:28 PM

FRANKFORT- Gov. Matt Bevin,R-Kentucky, has signed the controversial pension reform bill. Gov. Bevin denied to comment whether he would sign Senate Bill 151 during a press conference Monday announcing his veto of the budget and tax bills. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed the governor signed the bill Tuesday a little before 6 pm. Thousands of teachers stormed the Capitol in protest of the measure that was tacked on last minute as an amendment to a sewage bill. Kentucky Democratic... Read more 

Legislative Ethics Commission Reaches Agreement on Hoover Sexual Harassment Case

04/10/2018 01:31 PM

FRANKFORT- Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has reached a settlement with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission over a sexual harassment case. The agreement with the ethics commission prosecutor was reached behind closed doors. Under the agreement, Rep. Hoover was required to acknowledge that he violated state ethics laws while text messaging with a female legislative employee, pay a $1,000 fine, and admit his wrongdoing to the commission. During his statement to the commission, Hoover reiterated his banter with the... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Victims' Rights Bills

04/09/2018 05:40 PM

The 2018 Session seems to have been filled with partisan bickering—fueled by protests and attacks on the opposite party. For outsiders looking in it seems as if Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky don’t agree on anything. However, there were several bills signed into law this session that received bipartisan sponsorship, and passed unanimously through both chambers. As Pure Politics has reported, this was a big year for victims’ rights as several bills aimed at protecting victims sailed through both the... Read more 

U.S. Surgeon General visits Northern Kentucky to advocate for more people carrying overdose reversing drug

04/09/2018 01:57 PM

FLORENCE – United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams was in Florence on Monday visiting with officials of the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) as well as recovering opioid addicts and their families to discuss his recently released advisory on naloxone, emphasizing that Americans should know how to use and keep on-hand the overdose-reversing medication. The advisory emphasizes the importance of persons having naloxone on hand for patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing... Read more 

Bevin announces veto of entire budget, tax reform legislation

04/09/2018 01:31 PM

FRANKFORT — In a Monday press conference Gov. Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget bill and tax reform legislation passed by the General Assembly, which is under a GOP super majority in both chambers. Legislative leaders in the House and Senate have dug in on their plan, and are calling on Bevin to meet with them before signing the veto. Bevin said he was vetoing the bills, because of concern that they were not fiscally responsible. He... Read more 

NKY Chamber applauds General Assembly for work on pension and tax reform

04/05/2018 02:59 PM

FORT MITCHELL – With the Kentucky General Assembly passing bills related to pension and tax reform, as well as the the budget, organizations like the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce see the 2018 session as a successful one. Before the session started, chamber officials highlighted the importance of dealing with the states pension crisis and tax reform which needed to be addressed for Kentucky to remain competitive from a business standpoint with other states. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Vice President of... Read more 

Bevin vetoes bill to phase in pension payments for local governments

04/05/2018 02:49 PM

FRANKFORT- Governor Bevin has vetoed a bill meant to help local governments with increasing pension payments. House Bill 362 would have phased-in pension contributions for city and county governments, as well as school districts while also creating a way for entities to withdraw from the pension system through “buy-outs”. Bevin said he supports the phase-in provision, but vetoed the bill because the buy-out provision was “very problematic.” In his veto message, Bevin encouraged the General Assembly to restore the phase-in... Read more 

RPK targets Democrats voting against budget with robocalls

04/04/2018 04:34 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched a series of robocalls against Democrats who voted against the biennium budget bill. The calls seem to be targeting rural Democrats, mainly House members, with Republican challengers in the general election. The calls are meant to inform voters a Republican Party spokesperson said on Wednesday, when asked about the calls by Pure Politics. “We felt it was important to communicate directly with voters in these districts and let them know the truth about... Read more 

Kentucky Department of Education to hold town hall meetings on high school graduation requirements

04/04/2018 02:35 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt will host a series of town hall meetings across Kentucky beginning next week focusing on high school graduation requirements. Educators, parents, students, business representatives and community members are invited to attend and share their thoughts on the topic with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education staff. In advance of the meetings, participants are being asked to consider the following question: “What should high school graduates be able to know, do and experience... Read more 

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