State Senator Julie Denton http://wfpl.org en State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/state-sen-julie-denton-hopes-bring-integrity-louisville-metro-council <p>Saying she wants to bring integrity to City Hall, Republican state Sen. Julie Denton is forgoing re-election to run for Louisville Metro Council next year.</p><p>The surprise move means the longtime state lawmaker is leaving the GOP-controlled Senate, where she currently chairs the chamber’s Health and Welfare Committee, for a council dominated by Democrats.</p><p>"I've tried to play well with both sides of the aisle in both chambers while in Frankfort. I've never been a chairman who decided what bills are going to be heard based upon who the support of the bill was," says Denton. "If somebody's got good public policy I think we need to be moving that forward."</p><p>Joined by a handful of council Republicans who are supporting Denton's early bid, she is running on a platform to bring transparency and accountability to Metro Government.</p><p>Asked about the council's <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-louisville-metro-council-let-me-regain-your-trust">public image in the aftermath of the Barbara Shanklin removal trial</a>, Denton says it was an unfortunate moment in council history that has put a "dark cloud" over the chamber.</p><p>"I wasn't there to hear the testimony and only read what was on the news. But based on the fact the majority found her guilty I found it surprising that she wasn't removed," she says.</p><p>Denton will be running for the seat currently held by Councilman Jerry Miller, who is leaving the council at the end of his term to make a bid for the state House next year. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6771 at http://wfpl.org State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/republican-state-senator-julie-denton-running-louisville-metro-council <p><strong>Update: </strong>State Sen. Julie Denton has announced Monday afternoon that she's running for Louisville Metro Council.</p><p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Republican <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/s036.htm">state Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville</a> will not seek re-election next year, WFPL News has learned.</p><p><span class="st">A</span> spokesperson for Senate President Robert Stivers told the radio station Denton did not discuss her future plans, but informed Stivers this weekend she will not be filing to retain her east Louisville district seat in 2014.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:36:07 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6768 at http://wfpl.org Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council Seniors Rally Against Nursing Home Bill http://wfpl.org/post/seniors-rally-against-nursing-home-bill <p>FRANKFORT — More than 100 senior citizens and advocates rallied Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda in support of several bills before the Kentucky General Assembly—and against one bill in particular.</p><p class="Standard"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They urged Kentucky lawmakers to oppose &nbsp;legislation that creates</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a panel to review lawsuits against nursing homes and requires those filing suits to pay fees to submit their case to the panel, said Cathy Murphy, associate state director for the AARP.</span></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:31:50 +0000 Rae Hodge 4261 at http://wfpl.org Seniors Rally Against Nursing Home Bill After Tough Debate, Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases http://wfpl.org/post/after-tough-debate-senate-passes-bill-allowing-panel-reviews-nursing-home-abuses-cases <p>The state Senate on Wednesday approved that sets up a panel to review abuse cases from nursing homes.</p><p>Three doctors would be put on the panel to review abuse cases; the bill would not prevent patients from filing lawsuits, but the findings from the panel could be admissible in court.</p><p>The Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on a party-line vote—Republican for, Democrats against.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill sponsor, Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, said the goal is to crack down on bad lawsuits, while still protecting nursing home patients.</span></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:10:05 +0000 Kenny Colston 3987 at http://wfpl.org After Tough Debate, Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands http://wfpl.org/post/denton-files-two-bills-place-affordable-care-act-decisions-lawmakers-hands <p></p><p>State Sen. Julie Denton has filed two bills that would put control of implementation of the Affordable Care Act into lawmakers’ hands.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;created a state-run health exchange through an executive order and is mulling whether to expand Medicaid. Both are parts of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.</p><p>Denton says her goal is to let lawmakers have some say in either matter.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:58:25 +0000 Kenny Colston 3345 at http://wfpl.org Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands Lawmakers Frustrated by Lack of Information on Health Insurance Exchange http://wfpl.org/post/lawmakers-frustrated-lack-information-health-insurance-exchange <p>Kentucky lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information on the state&rsquo;s incoming health insurance exchange.</p><p>The exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans.</p><p>At a meeting of the joint Health and Welfare committee, many lawmakers prodded members of the executive branch for details on the costs and operations of the exchange. But answers were lacking.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:37:29 +0000 Kenny Colston 1331 at http://wfpl.org Denton Has Concerns About More Private Medicaid Operators in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/denton-has-concerns-about-more-private-medicaid-operators-louisville <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The problems with privatized Medicaid in Eastern and Western Kentucky could be coming to Louisville.</p><p>Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in Louisville and the surrounding area for more than a decade. The system was the model for last year&#39;s Medicaid privatization, which brought three new Medicaid management companies into the state.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 367 at http://wfpl.org Denton Says Lawmakers Will Remove CoventryCares From Medicaid System if Tough Bargaining Continues http://wfpl.org/post/denton-says-lawmakers-will-remove-coventrycares-medicaid-system-if-tough-bargaining-continues <p>&nbsp;</p><p><span data-mce-style="font-size: small;" style="font-size: small; ">Kentucky Senator Julie Denton says the state&#39;s largest private Medicaid company is underpaying and threatening healthcare providers, and she says lawmakers may kick the company out of the state Medicaid system if the behavior persists.</span></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 19:52:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 366 at http://wfpl.org