Stumbo Says Budget Modifications Will Be Minor

The leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives says his chamber will make few changes to Governor Steve Beshear’s budget. Beshear released his two-year budget plan earlier this year. It calls for cuts of more than eight percent to most state agencies. And it includes roughly six percent cuts for higher education. House leadership has […]

Gambling Amendment Fails in Kentucky Senate

The Kentucky Senate has rejected a measure that would amend the state constitution to legalize casinos in Kentucky. The issue has long been a legislative priority of Governor Steve Beshear, and this year was the first in which he attempted to expand gambling by amending the constitution. The bill cleared committee yesterday, but failed on […]

Council Members Urge State Lawmakers to Support Charter Schools

A bipartisan group of Louisville Metro Council members have signed a letter urging the Kentucky General Assembly to support charter schools legislation. Earlier this week, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a bill that would create charter schools in the state. Several supporters testified that Kentucky is being left behind as one of […]

Watkins Encourages HPV Vaccine for Males and Females

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio After years of championing mandatory HPV vaccinations for young women, state Representative David Watkins has sponsored a resolution encouraging all Kentuckians to be vaccinated. The human pappilomavirus is linked to cervical cancer and the vaccine is recommended for young women. But males can transmit the virus and some HPV […]

Legislative Candidates Frustrated With Limbo Status

Several candidates for state legislative office are decrying the partisanship in Frankfort that has put their bids in limbo. The General Assembly approved new district maps last month, but the plans faced legal challenges and were thrown out last week by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherds’ ruling. That’s caused candidates who are running in the […]

Lawmakers Hold Ninth Annual Celebration of Black History Month

Kentucky lawmakers held their annual celebration of Black History Month in Frankfort today, the ninth such celebration. The program included a presentation of the book Two Centuries of Black Louisville and three new inductions into the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians—the late higher education advocate William Blakey, the late Urban League Director Arthur Walters and current […]

Judge Could Make Final Decision on Redistricting Tuesday

A Kentucky judge is taking more time to decide the future of the state’s new legislative district maps. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd heard four hours of testimony Monday on whether the plan that redraws state House and Senate districts are constitutional. Most of the arguments cited past redistricting lawsuits. One of the biggest […]

Raque Adams Files for State Senate

Former Louisville Metro Councilwoman and current state Rep. Julie Raque, R-Louisville, has filed to run for the state Senate in a newly-drawn district. The seat is currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, but the controversial redistricting map approved by the General Assembly would have moved him out of the area by year’s […]

Senate Committee Passes Alternative Safety Measure for Buggies

A proposal to allow more safety options for religious groups that operate buggies is making its way through the General Assembly. Senate Bill 75 unanimously passed committee today. It allows for one-inch reflective tape to be placed on buggies instead of a state-mandated reflective triangle. The change comes after many Amish in western Kentucky have […]

Miller Urges State Leaders to Change Public Employee Retirement Plans

In a newspaper editorial Tuesday, Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, urges Kentucky lawmakers to make significant changes to public employee benefits to help the city deal with its growing budget deficits. During the annual State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer warned residents about potential cuts to core city services as a result […]