General Assembly

by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio

The Kentucky Senate has backed off of an amendment that would have restored funding vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear in a transportation budget after the House of Representatives refused to consider the changes.

Before asking that the chamber drop the amended version, which kept $50 million dollars worth of spending in his district, Senate president Davis Williams accused House leaders of taking the lion’s share of the road funds.

“I don’t feel like the person that’s really been victimized in this situation,” he said. “I think the members of the house, the house majority, ought to take a look, every two years, at what happens in the road plan.”

The transportation budget passed without the amendment, leaving the governor’s vetoes in place and accomplishing half of the business the legislature was called back to Frankfort to tackle. Meanwhile, last-minute negotiations could breathe new life into a bill aimed at limiting prescription drug abuse and so-called “pill mills.” House and Senate leaders are trying to hash out a compromise that could pass both chambers.

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Lack of Transportation Budget Delays Action on Bridges Project

by Gabe Bullard April 16, 2012

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the General Assembly’s inaction on a transportation budget has put the Ohio River Bridges Project on hold. The commonwealth is in charge of the downtown portion of the project, which includes a new bridge between Louisville and southern Indiana and a reworking of Spaghetti Junction. This week, the state Transportation […]

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Senate Approves Revised Road Plan

by Kenny Colston March 28, 2012

The Kentucky Senate has approved more changes to the state’s two and six-year road plans. In the two-year plan, the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville will be funded with bonds. The six-year plan calls for the project to be paid for with federal highway funds afterward. The House previously approved road plans that use […]

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Gambling Amendment Fails in Kentucky Senate

by Gabe Bullard February 23, 2012

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 […]

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Williams Avoids Comment on Beshear’s Change of Heart on Tax Reform

by Kenny Colston January 6, 2012

Senate President David Williams is staying out of the mud when it comes to commenting on Governor Steve Beshear’s new tax commission. Williams proposed his own commission last legislative session. It would have included tax experts, economists and others and charged them with completely re-writing Kentucky’s tax code. The new tax code would then be […]

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Shaughnessy Uses Basketball to Create Discussion Over Higher Ed Graduation Rates

by Kenny Colston January 6, 2012

A state Senator from Louisville has come under fire for trying to legislate that the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville play each other in basketball and football. Democratic Senator Tim Shaughnessy has filed a bill that includes language that requires UK and U of L to play each other every year. But Shaughnessy says […]

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Legislative Leaders Want to Ward Off Gridlock, Say 2012 Session Has ‘Potential’

by Kenny Colston January 3, 2012

The 2012 Kentucky General Assembly is starting its 60-day budget session with a long list of issues to work out. The highlights are obvious: gambling, the budget, and redrawing congressional districts. But lawmakers must also figure out how to shore up the state’s unemployment insurance and deal with Medicaid managed care problems. And there are […]

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Bill Requiring Prescriptions for Cold Medicines Would Only Apply to Certain Convicts

by admin November 22, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A Kentucky state lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would require a prescription for cold and allergy medicines, but it would only apply to convicted meth offenders. Many over-the-counter cold remedies contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth. Democratic Representative Brent Yonts wants to create a block list for […]

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Stumbo Prefers Special Session for Redistricting

by Gabe Bullard November 15, 2011

The speaker of the Kentucky state House says a special legislative session on redistricting could be in order this year. Speaker Greg Stumbo says he would prefer to redraw the legislative boundaries before next year’s regular session Special sessions cost more than $60,000 per day. And Governor Steve Beshear has previously said he would support […]

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Kentucky Lawmaker Seeks to Change Diploma System for Special Education

by admin October 26, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A Kentucky lawmaker is trying to change the way the school system recognizes achievements of special needs students. Special education programs identify possible therapies and establish individual instructional goals for students. But when many of those students finish high school, they don’t graduate with a diploma, but a certificate […]

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