Kentucky General Assembly http://wfpl.org en Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict http://wfpl.org/post/staffers-lack-african-american-women-decision-makers-kentucky-behind-arnold-ethics-verdict <p>The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.</p><p>That's according to <span class="st">Cassaundra</span> Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.</p><p>Since August, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">the Arnold scandal</a> has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9106 at http://wfpl.org Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-sexual-harassment-training-kentucky-legislators-awaits-governors-signature <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.</p><p>Currently, such training isn’t mandatory for lawmakers. But an amendment to an ethics bill would change that. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9105 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9094 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-got-hefty-donations-power-plant-proponents <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: proxima-nova, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:13:19 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9064 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents Kentucky Public Schoolteachers' Pension System Still Underfunded in New State Budget http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-public-schoolteachers-pension-system-still-underfunded-new-state-budget <p>An attorney with Kentucky’s public schoolteachers’ pensions says that the fund could run out in about 20 years if lawmakers don’t act. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the recently passed $20 billion state budget, lawmakers gave only half of &nbsp;the requested amount to the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, which provides pensions for the state’s public school teachers.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:19:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador | Kentucky Public Radio 9062 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Public Schoolteachers' Pension System Still Underfunded in New State Budget Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-budget-battle-shifts-focus-rupp-arena-renovations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>FRANKFORT—Kentucky state lawmakers spent the first several hours of a Saturday afternoon budget conference haranguing one another for Washington-style politicking and discussing whether to use state bonds to finance portions of a $310 million renovation plan for the University of Kentucky's&nbsp;Rupp Arena.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:07:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9009 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process? http://wfpl.org/post/tonights-kentucky-wildcats-louisville-cardinals-game-slowing-state-budget-process <p>Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.</p><p>Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.</p><p>With only a handful of days left in the session, lawmakers are behind schedule on passing the only bill they’re required to: A $20.3 billion biennial budget.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:40:03 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9004 at http://wfpl.org Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process? Kentucky Senate Restores Mine Inspections to 6 Per Year http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-restores-mine-inspections-6-year <p>The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding for state coal mine inspections.</p><p>Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.</p><p>But that doesn't mean Stivers wants to keep the amount of money exactly the same. He says the House budget <a href="/post/hollowed-mountains-now-hollowed-towns-coal-eastern-kentucky">didn’t address the reduction in the number of coal mines, </a>which he argues requires fewer inspections.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:56:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8992 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Restores Mine Inspections to 6 Per Year