Kentucky House of Representatives

Politics
1:02 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Legislative Redistricting Plan 83-17

Speaker Greg Stumbo unveils Democratic redistricting plan earlier this month.
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FRANKFORT — A legislative redistricting bill has breezed through the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Legislative leaders removed many of the partisan overtones that had been in previous proposals, a move that led to broader support among rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties.

The House passed the bill 83-17 Wednesday morning. The Senate is expected to rush the measure to a vote on Friday.

(Related: WFPL's past coverage of the redistricting issue and the General Assembly's special session.)

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Politics
7:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

James Kay Wins Special Election for Kentucky House Seat

James Kay
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A rookie Democrat will represent Woodford, Franklin, and Fayette counties in Frankfort.

The election of attorney James Kay also maintains his party’s majority in Kentucky’s lower house.

Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and Independent John Mark Hack. The Kay, 30, believes his youth was an advantage.

“The first thing that I can say is youth is an advantage. You know, I haven’t been jaded by the political process. You know I have experience working together in the community and helping people and trying to make a difference,” Kay said.

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Education
4:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill to Raise Kentucky Dropout Age Approved by House Panel

The Kentucky House Education Committee has approved a bill that would require students to stay in school until they’re 18 years old.

Kentucky’s current law that allows students to drop out at age 16 with their parents’ permission. 

"As Gov. Beshear noted in his State of the Commonwealth speech, the dropout age was set in 1920.  That’s almost been 100 years.  Now in 1920, education wasn’t as highly regarded as it is today," said Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer, the bill's sponsor.