Kentucky General Assembly

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3:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Shaughnessy Resigns from Kentucky State Senate

Kentucky state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, has officially resigned.

Last fall, Shaughnessy announced he was not seeking re-election after serving more than 20 years in the state legislature. And with no plans of a special session or imperative issues on the interim agenda, Shaughnessy says now is the best time to step down.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Legislative Leaders Will Attempt Payment for Redistricting Defense Again

 

Legislative leaders are going to take another crack at approving payments to lawyers who fought to defend last year’s redistricting maps.

The Legislative Research Commission hired the attorneys earlier this year to fend off challenges to new district maps. The attorneys were unsuccessful.

At the last scheduled LRC meeting, absences allowed minority leaders to block approval of payment to the attorneys.

So a new meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, and  officials hope to reverse the decision.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

State Representative Included in U of L Layoffs

Kentucky State Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, has been laid off from his job as director of outreach at the University of Louisville due to budget cuts.

Meeks revealed his job status during an interview with Ryan Alessi of CN/2, in which he criticized rising tuition at the state's public universities. 

WFPL previously reported that U of L expected up to 20 employee layoffs in various departments, which was subject to decisions made by deans or department leaders.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Immigration Ruling Could Stall Kentucky Legislation

Activists expect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down most of Arizona's controversial immigration law will stifle efforts to pass a similar law in Kentucky.

Kate Miller of the state ACLU chapter says Kentuckians have largely rejected policies modeled after Arizona's law. But at least one immigration bill comes up in every legislative session.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Kentucky Democrats Focusing on State House Campaigns

With no statewide races on the ballot this year, the Kentucky Democratic Party is focusing its efforts on the General Assembly. 

Republicans have made taking over the state House a priority and have pledged to raise one million dollars to do so. But KDP spokesman Matt Erwin says Democrats have already raised near that amount and they plan to do more than protect incumbents. 

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Head of State Homeland Security Office Says Fewer Resources are Available

The director of Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security says the amount of money he has available for grants to local governments is a fraction of what it was eight years ago. Gene Kiser says his office had $27 million for grants in 2004. That compares with only $2.2 million for the coming fiscal year.

Kiser says the depleted resource pool comes at a time when many public safety forces in Kentucky are trying to comply with a federal mandate.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Most State Universities Avoiding Major Layoffs

The majority of the state's public universities are not following the University of Kentucky's lead in laying off a large number of employees to balance the budget.

UK announced this week that 140 employees will be laid off and 160 unfilled positions will be eliminated. But other public universities like Murray State, Eastern and Western Kentucky aren’t doing the same. Some schools are using hiring and pay freezes to deal with budget cuts from the state, but others, like Western, aren't using personnel to balance budgets at all.

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Politics
10:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Meeks Beats Tea Party Candidate in State House Primary

State Representative Reginald Meeks thumped Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Meeks carried 80 percent of the vote in the race for the state House’s 42nd District seat, which covers parts of Old Louisville, downtown and the West End. Caswell is the founder and former president of the Louisville Tea Party, who said she has always been a registered Democrat.

Meeks said Caswell was a fraud and he pressured party leaders to file suit against her candidacy, though they never did.

No Republican is vying for the seat.

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