Kentucky General Assembly

Education
7:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Kentucky House OKs Planning-Time Expansion for Elementary School Teachers

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Kentucky teachers would have a minimum of 24 minutes a day in their schedule for planning under a bill moving through the General Assembly.

The state House easily approved the measure Friday that requires teachers to get at least 120 minutes a week for non-teaching activities.  

“The big issue of this bill is teacher directed, so the teacher can decide that day what she feels or he feels they need to plan for," state Rep., Rita Smart, a Richmond Democrat and the primary bill sponsor.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Kentucky the Path to Restoring Voting Rights to Felons Makes a Detour

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FRANKFORT — As a child, Teddi Smith-Robillard suffered trauma that haunted and shaped her early years—to the point that she ended up a convicted felon, she said.

“I lived in hell, in my mind," she said. 

Now 74, she can reflect on a life of overcoming many obstacles—including regaining the right to vote in Kentucky, which she needed extraordinary measures to achieve.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Concealed Carry Permit-Holders to Bring Guns into Bars

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FRANKFORT — Legislation that would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring firearms into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House.

The state Senate passed the measure Thursday by a 30 to 4 vote. State Sen. John Schickel says he believes Senate Bill 60 is about the right to defend oneself. He told fellow senators that crime rates and gun-related accidents have fallen since concealed carry laws were established.

Schickel says there is a reason for gun possession in a bar.

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Education
2:46 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Presidents of UK, UofL Make Funding Case to Kentucky General Assembly

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The presidents of the universities of Kentucky and Louisville made their case Thursday for more state dollars before a legislative  budget review committee.

U of L President James Ramsey and UK President Eli Capilouto are slated for a 2.5 percent cut in funding in the first year of Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget.

Related: Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

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Politics
9:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

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Kentucky’s pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Commissioner Hasan Davis told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary this week that the Department of Juvenile Justice is struggling.

Years of employee attrition, program reductions and budget fluctuations have strained the agency.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Employee Fired for Appearing in Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign Ad

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A Kentucky legislative employee who appeared in a video supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been fired for violating a policy forbidding political activity.

Charles Booker, 29, of Louisville worked at the Legislative Research Commission as an analyst for just over a year.

Last week, he appeared in an online Grimes ad starring his wife, Tanesha, which accused Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of losing touch with poorer voters.

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Education
8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Bill Introduced Requiring CPR Training For Kentucky Students

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A bill to add CPR training to the health requirements to graduate from Kentucky schools has been proposed in the General Assembly.

Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, the bill would require Kentucky high schools to include CPR training in health education.

The bill is gaining support from lawmakers across the state, including many from Jefferson County.

Without requiring students or instructors to become CPR certified, the training would provide students with hands-on skills that will enable them to respond to certain emergency situations.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

How Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Began and Where It's Going

It was a very different time in 2004, politically and socially. George W. Bush was poised to sail into a second term in the White House. Hearings in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial began in earnest. And “Shrek 2” was making millions at the box office.

And Kentucky, along with 10 other states, voted to ban same-sex marriages.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Propose Bills Ending Kentucky Death Penalty

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FRANKFORT — Two Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.

Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville and Republican Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown say the justice system is flawed and should not have the power to take a felon’s life.

Corrections data provided by the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty shows that 14 death penalty cases have been overturned since 1983.

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Politics
6:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Legislators React to U.S. Attorney General's Call to Restore Felon Voting Rights

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FRANKFORT — The push to restore felon voting rights has received a major endorsement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, but it's not clear what effect that may have in the state Capitol—where lawmakers are debating the issue.

As he called on states to lift rules that make it harder for felons to get their right to vote back, Holder singled out Kentucky. He said it's one of three states where a fifth of black adults are prohibited from voting because of a felony record.

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