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The Bills That Failed to Pass in the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 Session

March 26, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly passed several important pieces of legislation in the just-concluded 2015 session, including a comprehensive heroin bill and a freeze to the state’s tumbling gas tax. But with the session’s snow days, missed deadlines and divisive political views, several bills got failed to make it to the finish line. Read Story


With Deadline Looming, Kentucky General Assembly Passes Heroin Bill and More

March 25, 2015

State lawmakers worked into the early hours Wednesday to pass a series of bills before the Kentucky legislative session draws to a close. Read Story

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Conway Calls on Kentucky General Assembly To Pass Heroin Bill Before Session Ends Tuesday Night

March 24, 2015

So far, lawmakers have been squabbling over differing versions of the bill. A heroin bill died in the final minutes of last year’s session. Read Story


Kentucky Students Protest Politics In a Bill They Helped Craft

March 23, 2015

A group of Kentucky students has planned to rally on the steps of the state capitol Monday to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill they helped craft that has become a victim of the political process.A group of Kentucky students has planned to rally on the steps of the state capitol Monday to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill they helped craft that has become a victim of the political process. Read Story

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Heroin, Teachers Pension Solutions Elusive in Kentucky General Assembly

March 22, 2015

With two working days to go, Kentucky lawmakers still haven’t nailed down legislation to address the state’s growing heroin problem and it's ailing teachers pension system. Read Story

Fight Over Kentucky’s Gas Tax Freeze Turns To The Airwaves

March 19, 2015

A conservative non-profit group says it doesn’t want state lawmakers to freeze the state’s plummeting gas tax. Read Story


Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

March 19, 2015

Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers. Read Story

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Food Donation Tax Credit Slipped Into Last-Minute Bill in Kentucky General Assembly

March 18, 2015

Once-dead legislation that would allow Kentucky restaurants to claim a tax break for charitable food donations has been resurrected in the final days of this year’s legislative session. Read Story

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Some Kentucky Road Projects Will Be Cut If Fund Isn’t Stabilized, Transportation Cabinet Says

March 17, 2015

If the Kentucky General Assembly does nothing about Kentucky’s dwindling road fund, the state will have to make tough choices about which highway projects to fund, according to the state agency that administers highway construction projects. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Fairness Updates from Frankfort and Bardstown

March 14, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly just wrapped up its 2015 session, and some LGBTQ-related bills were under consideration. Chris Hartman from the Fairness Campaign joins us this week to talk about the proposed legislation—and what bills passed, and what didn't. Read Story


Kentucky Lawmakers Seeking Compromise On Teachers’ Pensions

March 13, 2015

House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s $3.3 billion bonding bailout of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System won’t pass this session, but a smaller study-and-finance package may still be in the works. Read Story

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Should Individuals Be Able to Donate More to Kentucky Statewide Campaigns?

March 12, 2015

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would double the amount individuals can donate to candidates for statewide office. Read Story


Kentucky General Assembly Adjourns For Veto Session Without Passing a Heroin Bill

March 12, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly adjourned late Wednesday night for a week and a half while Gov. Steve Beshear considers vetoes—and no bill addressing the state's rising heroin problems had been passed. Read Story


Three High-Profile Bills Likely Dead in the Kentucky State Senate

March 11, 2015

Bills for the local option sales tax, public-private partnerships and a statewide smoking ban won't likely win approval during the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session. Read Story