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9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session

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Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.

The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Speaker: Kentucky House May Still Investigate John Arnold Sexual Harassment Allegations

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FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House may take up further investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the Statehouse.

Late last year, a committee looking into allegations against former Representative John Arnold disbanded without launching a formal investigation. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters Friday that he received a letter from the chair of that panel.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.

House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.

The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state, Stumbo says.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Facing Gap in Funds and What Needs Funding

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Kentucky’s budget priorities may require some $800 million in revenue the state doesn’t have.

The gap between what the state needs to spend to maintain the status quo and how much it’s bringing in will be a point of contention for lawmakers and state agencies.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders this month that the spending deficit could exceed $800 million.

And he says that it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming.

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Local News
9:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky's Next Budget May Have $450 Million Shortfall

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New revenue in Kentucky’s upcoming biennial budget will not be enough to account for an estimated $450 million shortfall.

Lawmakers expect about $230 million in new revenue to be available for the budget. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders that more than half of that money will be used to pay down the state’s pension debt.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold

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FRANKFORT—After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Court Sides With Plaintiffs in Kentucky Redistricting Case

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The three-judge federal panel tasked with determining the constitutionality of outdated Kentucky voting districts has granted the plaintiffs attorneys' fees, possibly paving the way to an official end to the state's two-year redistricting nightmare.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency's operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

Lawmakers—who make up the LRC's leadership panel—chose Marcia Seiler by a unanimous 15-0 vote to replace Robert Jenkins, who was named as interim director last month after the resignation of his supervisor, Robert Sherman.

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Politics
9:36 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kentucky State Police to Investigate Document Shredding at Legislative Research Commission

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Kentucky State Police has opened an investigation into the shredding of documents by Robert Sherman days after he resigned as director of the Legislative Research Commission.

The investigation will be handled by KSP's special investigations branch, said Sgt. Rick Saint-Blanchard, state police spokesman.

Saint-Blancard declined to comment further on the investigation.

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