Get a crash cart, stat: Status update on bills heading into lawmakers' last full week of work

Only a fraction of the 757 bills filed in this year’s short session have a shot to become law as legislators enter their final full...

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Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll.

The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young...

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House passes bill revamping personnel practices at the Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT — A bill mandating the Legislative Research Commission draft comprehensive personnel policies cleared the state House on a 55-26 vote Friday.

The legislation comes...

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Debt ceiling and transgender bills pass Senate

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky state Senate passed bills on Friday that would set the debt ceiling at 6 percent and require public school students...

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At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Paul,...

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House Education Committee approves bill to improve poor-performing schools

FRANKFORT — Legislation aiming to turn around persistently low-performing schools narrowly passed the House Education Committee Thursday, with a Democrat changing his vote to...

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Get a crash cart, stat: Status update on bills heading into lawmakers' last full week of work

03/01/2015 03:00 PM

Only a fraction of the 757 bills filed in this year’s short session have a shot to become law as legislators enter their final full week of work. The House and Senate have sent a combined 189 pieces of legislation to the other chamber thus far, but only one item, a resolution adjourning the first part of the session in January and convening the second in February, has cleared both chambers. That will change this week with a few bills, such... Read more 

Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

02/28/2015 05:58 PM

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll. The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young activists had Paul coming out on top of the crowded potential field of Republican candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place in the poll, according to the Washington Times Paul said he was “humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement” he received at CPAC. “Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have... Read more 

House passes bill revamping personnel practices at the Legislative Research Commission

02/27/2015 06:59 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill mandating the Legislative Research Commission draft comprehensive personnel policies cleared the state House on a 55-26 vote Friday. The legislation comes after top lawmakers decided to release the National Conference of State Legislatures’ draft audit of the LRC last month. The report, which has not been finalized, detailed a lax personnel system and low morale within the agency’s nonpartisan staff. Rep. James Kay, sponsor of House Bill 262, said many of the complaints found in the draft... Read more 

Debt ceiling and transgender bills pass Senate

02/27/2015 04:37 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky state Senate passed bills on Friday that would set the debt ceiling at 6 percent and require public school students to use the restrooms of the sex that they were born. Senate Bill 94, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, would cap the state’s debt at 6 percent of revenue and would direct any savings realized in drawing down the state’s indebtedness to the underfunded Kentucky Employees Retirement System for non-hazardous state workers. KERS has just 21... Read more 

At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

02/27/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Paul, R-Ky., delivered a nearly 20-minute speech often interrupted by cheers and chants from the young libertarian-leaning crowd. In his speech Paul delivered a call to arms for lovers of liberty to join his vision and “reclaim our birthright.” During his remarks, Paul cited the Constitution — reminding the crowd their rights cannot be disparaged —... Read more 

House Education Committee approves bill to improve poor-performing schools

02/26/2015 09:45 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation aiming to turn around persistently low-performing schools narrowly passed the House Education Committee Thursday, with a Democrat changing his vote to advance the bill. House Bill 498, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham, cleared the committee 17-3-2. Voting initially stalled at 16-3-3 with 17 supporters needed for approval, but Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, switched from a “pass” to send HB 498 to the House floor. The legislation would create a class of targeted focus schools. There were nearly 300 focus... Read more 

Discussions on heroin legislation continue in House judiciary panel, but no vote taken on Senate Bill 5

02/26/2015 03:28 PM

FRANKFORT — Talks on legislation targeting Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin problem continued Thursday as lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee reviewed, but did not vote on, the Senate’s version of a response to the drug issue. With the 30-day session nearing an end, Rep. John Tilley hopes the two sides can meet soon and cobble together a resolution. He floated a possible informal conference committee meeting on Saturday, but that was news to Sen. Chris McDaniel, who presented Senate Bill 5 in... Read more 

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