Kentucky General Assembly

Environment
3:43 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Cuts Deep for Some Kentucky Energy and Environment Programs

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Some departments of the Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will see deep cuts over the next two years, if the General Assembly approves Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Kentucky Expanded Gambling Critic Shares Concerns With House Committee

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The fight over expanded gambling continues in Frankfort.

Opponent took their concerns on Wednesday to the state House.

While much of the criticism is rooted in moral opposition to gambling, there’s concern about a lack of transparency as well.

Members of anti-gaming groups told lawmakers that the harm gaming would cause isn’t worth the estimated $286 million in new tax revenue that Rep. Larry Clark says his gaming bill would generate.

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Politics
7:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Budget Preserves K-12 Education, 5% Cuts For Most Agencies

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FRANKFORT—Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.

But Beshear said his budget was was made possible in large part by a 5 percent cut across many state agencies. 

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Politics
3:31 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Bill Would Allow Kentuckians to Have Service Monkeys

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A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate.

At first blush, state Sen. John Schikel’s bill sounds like fodder for "The Daily Show." It allows primates to be service companions in private residences.

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Politics
9:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill meant to fight the state's heroin problem.

The Senate on Thursday voted 36 to 0 in support of the bill, which includes multiple provisions to address a growing epidemic of heroin abuse across the state. It enforces new punishments and funds treatment.

Eric Specht, who founded the anti-heroin group North Kentucky Hates Heroin after his son Nicolas died from an overdose last year, told lawmakers that the bill’s expansion of treatment options would have helped his son.

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Local News
6:44 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Bill Calls for Tracking Kentucky Economic Development Incentives

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A bill that would keep tabs on the money Kentucky gives out for economic development projects has cleared a House committee.

Kentucky spends about $1.4 billion each year on economic development incentives, with nearly half that amount going to “energy development” and the coal industry, according to the New York Times.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the state doesn’t have a way to track that money.

State Rep. Larry Clark's bill would create a public database of the incentives and list the number of jobs created and the return on the investments.

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Politics
6:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Proposes Expansion of Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky

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The Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky will expand to four lanes in the coming years under a proposal from Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear's proposal will be paid for with nearly $600 million in state and federal highway funding, and more than $150 million in funds recovered by toll revenues.

“The Kentucky Highway Plan that I will be recommending to the General Assembly will include a series of construction projects by which the Mountain Parkway will be four-laned, lengthened and thoroughly modernized by the year 2020," Beshear says.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers React to Ruling on Grocery Store Liquor Sales

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FRANKFORT — A federal appeals court has struck down a 2012 decision that lifted a ban on Kentucky grocery stores selling liquor and wine.

On this issue, the chatter in Frankfort suggests that a legislative challenge to that ruling, if it happens, isn’t likely to fare well.

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Local News
11:59 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Appeals Court Reinstates Ban on Liquor, Wine Sales in Kentucky Grocery Stores

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A federal appeals court has reinstated a 76-year-old old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor in Kentucky after finding the law doesn't violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a decision by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in 2012 to lift the restriction.

Judge Deborah L. Cook wrote for the court that the state "indisputably maintains a legitimate interest" in reducing access to high-alcohol content products.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Felon Voting Rights Bill's Hopes Rest on Rand Paul's Support

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A bill to restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put about 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls.

Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year because of support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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