Kentucky General Assembly

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3:47 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Judges Could Order Breathalyzers Into DUI Offenders Cars Under House Bill

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Kentucky judges could order breathalyzers installed into the vehicles of drunk driving offenders under a bill approved Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Under current law, some DUI offenders qualify for hardship licenses. Those allow the offender to drive to and from specified locations at limited times—such as work and school—even though their regular drivers license has been suspended.  

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Politics
2:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hospitals, Health Department Voice Concerns, but MCOs Say Groups Aren't Engaging With Them

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Representatives of the state's health department and various hospital executives say almost two years later they are still having payment issues with Medicaid managed care organizations.

Speaking before a House budget subcommittee on health issues, the two groups described situations in which payment for care they administrated months ago were still outstanding claims.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Choose Kentucky's Governor in Presidential Election Years? Senate Committee Says Yes.

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Kentucky's governor and other statewide constitutional officers would be elected in the same year as presidential elections under a bill approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee.

Without a change, statewide constitutional officers—including the secretary of state, state auditor and others—would be next up for election in 2015. 

Under Senate Bill 55, those elections would move to 2016.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Give Kentucky Farmers Tax Credit for Food Bank Donations

Kentucky farmers who donate produce to food banks would get a tax credit under a bill being considered in Frankfort.

The measure is sponsored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee.  He says the ten percent credit could help get more fruits and vegetables to a growing number of families in need.

Politics
6:41 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

HIV Testing Bill Clears Kentucky House 96-0

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A bill aimed at allowing victims to ask for quick HIV testing of defendants in sexual assault cases has cleared the state House.

Under current laws, only prosecutors can ask for HIV testing of an accused person and only after a conviction. But the bill would allow a victim to ask for such a test before a conviction.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Louisville Democrat and the bill's sponsor, says medical advances can prevent HIV from spreading into AIDS if caught early on, but convictions often take up to three years.

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Politics
11:50 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Steve Beshear: Casino Bill is Dead for 2013, Unsure if Instant Racing Will Be Used to Fund Pensions

Steve Beshear
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Gov. Steve Beshear says he's a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky's horse racing tracks—but he's not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state's struggling pension system.

Meanwhile, Beshear said casino gambling is not happening this year.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill

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A bill aimed at reforming the way special districts are treated in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in hands of the state Senate.

House Bill 1 is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, based off recommendations Edelen made during his investigation of special taxing districts across Kentucky.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Despite Reservations Elsewhere, Kentucky House Moves Forward With Redistricting

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Kentucky House leaders are moving ahead with addressing redistricting this session—despite hesitation from the Senate and pleas from the governor.

The regional caucuses are still working on their areas when it comes to redistricting, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

But that the main hold up was in eastern Kentucky, where there are large population losses. Despite those issues, Stumbo said his Democratic caucus has voted in favor of finishing redistricting this session.

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Politics
11:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions

Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game currently played at two Kentucky tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. The legality of the game is also currently being litigated at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

But if the General Assembly passes a bill authorizing it, the court case would be moot.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law

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A bill authorizing more than $360 million in bonds for university projects is just steps away from becoming a reality.

House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.  And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday.

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