Kentucky General Assembly Winding Down

This could be the last full week of the 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Only eight days remain in the session, which began in early January.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says much work remains to be done, including Senate action on a Medicaid budget adjustment approved by the House.

“I think the more they look at it, the more they’ll probably come to the realization that what Gov. Beshear has proposed is a very sound proposal and just a smart way to spend money. I mean, any reduction would mean we would leave federal dollars on the table,” he said.

The Medicaid bill currently is under consideration by the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. The Senate today is scheduled to vote on a sweeping penal code reform bill already approved by the House.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.