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Nearly a Year After Kentucky Legislature’s OK, Cannabidiol is Still Unavailable

January 11, 2015

It's been nearly a year, and not a drop of cannabidiol oil has been produced in the state. There are currently no manufacturers for the oil here, and it's illegal to transport it across state lines. Read Story

Senate President Robert Stivers joins House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Gov. Steve Beshear just before his 2015 State of the Commonwealth address.

The First Week of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 Session, in Review

January 10, 2015

In the first week of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, lawmakers elected leadership, assigned committees and begun moving legislation through the Capitol at a fast pace. Read Story

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, right, signs off on several pieces of legislation in the House chamber.

Kentucky House Speaker: Let Teachers’ Retirement System Issue $3.3 Billion in Bonds

January 9, 2015

Stumbo said the state could re-invest in the underfunded Kentucky Teacher Retirement System by allowing KTRS to issue $3.3 billion worth of bonds. Read Story

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Right to Work Bill Passes Kentucky Senate After Fierce Debate

January 8, 2015

The legislation allows employees to work for businesses with organized labor without having to pay union dues. Read Story

Kentucky State Senate Gives Speedy OK to Anti-Heroin Legislation

January 8, 2015

Legislation addressing Kentucky's heroin epidemic progressed with extraordinary speed Thursday in the Senate, and is now on its way to the House. Read Story

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5 Takeaways From Gov. Beshear’s Final State of the Commonwealth Address

January 7, 2015

Gov. Steve Beshear celebrated many of his major policy accomplishments during his tenure in the state's executive branch, and called on lawmakers to continue moving the 2015 session toward job-creation initiatives. Read Story

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Anti-Heroin Bill Gets OK From Senate Committee on 2nd Day of 2015 Session

January 7, 2015

An anti-heroin bill sailed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on just the second day of Kentucky's 2015 legislative session. Read Story

Kentucky State Sen. Brandon Smith Charged With DUI on First Night of 2015 Session

January 7, 2015

Kentucky State Police arrested state Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, on Tuesday night on charges of driving under the influence. Read Story

One of many signs promoting Boone Mahon for jailer in Martin County

Possible Fix for Kentucky’s No-Jail Jailers: Cutting Their Pay

January 7, 2015

Top Kentucky elected officials say a simple measure could remedy the costly issue of elected county jailers who have no jails to run—slashing their pay scales. Read Story

Protesters calling for anti-heroin legislation in the Kentucky state Capitol.

Kentucky Capitol Demonstrators Call For Action Against Heroin

January 6, 2015

Nearly 130 demonstrators calling for action against the growing epidemic of heroin abuse filled the state Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. Read Story

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, is sworn into office on the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2015 Session.

Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 Session Gets Underway

January 6, 2015

FRANKFORT — The first day of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session kicked off with a flurry of activity. Demonstrators flooded into the Capitol rotunda. Constitutional officers and elected officials of every stripe filled statehouse hallways, and both the … Read Story

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joins Democratic and Republican leadership in the Kentucky House of Representatives to announce that local option sales taxes will be their top priority this year. From left to right: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, Davies County Judge Executive Al Mattingly, Fischer, House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson.

Kentucky House Democrats’ Top Priority: The Local Option Sales Tax

December 19, 2014

Kentucky Democratic House leaders announced Friday that their highest priority in the 2015 legislative session will be passing a local option sales taxes. Read Story