House Democrat files medical marijuana bill

As more lawmakers hear from their constituents advocating for access to medical marijuana, freshman Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed a bill which...

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Time for bills in General Assembly getting tight as lawmakers head into second half of 30-day session

FRANKFORT – With this year’s 30-day legislative session entering its second half next week, lawmakers are working to ensure a number of bills reach...

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Fiddler in the Senate: Friday's reason to smile

FRANKFORT — There’s a reason many individuals tune out from politics — it’s tough, at times demoralizing and disheartening to constantly filter the political...

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Priority education bill unanimously passes full Senate

FRANKFORTSenate Bill 1, which would mirror the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December...

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Criminal justice reform bill faces scrutiny in Senate committee

FRANKFORT – A bill which would help released felons get back into the workforce faced scrutiny on Thursday by members of the Senate Committee...

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Senate education priority bill heading to floor after sailing through committee

FRANKFORT — The Senate’s education reform bill is heading to the floor after sailing through the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote Thursday.

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House Democrat files medical marijuana bill

02/19/2017 10:58 AM

As more lawmakers hear from their constituents advocating for access to medical marijuana, freshman Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed a bill which would allow patients access to the drug. House Bill 411, is barely two-pages in length and would essentially allow physicians the ability to prescribe the drug to patients, and not hold those doctors liable for recommending marijuana. Sims is filing the legislation for Eric Crawford, a quadriplegic of 23-years, who lives in Mason County and is a... Read more 

Time for bills in General Assembly getting tight as lawmakers head into second half of 30-day session

02/18/2017 05:30 PM

FRANKFORT – With this year’s 30-day legislative session entering its second half next week, lawmakers are working to ensure a number of bills reach Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk before the General Assembly adjourns sine die. While anything can be resuscitated through amendments or tacked onto so-called “Christmas tree” bills at the 11th hour, many pieces of legislation will wither without movement next week. House Speaker Jeff Hoover told representatives Friday, the 14th legislative day in the session, that the 533 bills... Read more 

Fiddler in the Senate: Friday's reason to smile

02/17/2017 02:27 PM

FRANKFORT — There’s a reason many individuals tune out from politics — it’s tough, at times demoralizing and disheartening to constantly filter the political rhetoric. I can only speak for myself, but, personally, I try very hard to bring the most informative, unbiased, analytical, state-based political reporting you’ll find anywhere; I’m grateful to anyone who has spent an evening on the couch watching our coverage on Pure Politics, or reading this website. However, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t... Read more 

Priority education bill unanimously passes full Senate

02/17/2017 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate Bill 1, which would mirror the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015, was passed 35-0 by the Senate on Friday. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, told members of the Senate that SB1 would gradually alter the state’s education standards, giving the state Department of Education authority to review those standards every 6 years. It would also allow local school districts to develop teacher evaluation methods and criteria.... Read more 

Criminal justice reform bill faces scrutiny in Senate committee

02/16/2017 05:09 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would help released felons get back into the workforce faced scrutiny on Thursday by members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary. Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, is a criminal justice reform bill which came about as a result of Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointed committee to study criminal justice reform, and is aimed at lowering the number of Kentuckians who return to prison by creating options for rehabilitation. The legislation, which has the backing... Read more 

Senate education priority bill heading to floor after sailing through committee

02/16/2017 04:02 PM

FRANKFORT — The Senate’s education reform bill is heading to the floor after sailing through the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote Thursday. Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, would comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act that was signed into law in December 2015. The legislation would gradually alter the state’s education standards, giving the state Department of Education authority to review those standards every six years. It would also allow local school districts to develop... Read more 

Quarles named chair of GOP national agriculture organization

02/15/2017 07:40 PM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been named the chairman of Ag America, the national organization that represents Republican Commissioners and Secretaries of Agriculture. “Ryan Quarles exemplifies the future of agriculture, and the future of the Republican Party,” said Ag America President Tim Barnes in a press release. “When he was elected Commissioner in 2015 he was the youngest statewide elected official, of any party, in the country. He’s the face of our ag future and we look forward to his... Read more 

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