Injured Lawmaker Dewayne Bunch Resigns

From the Associated Press A southeastern Kentucky lawmaker who was severely injured earlier this year is resigning his House seat. State Representative and public school teacher Dewayne Bunch suffered a head injury while breaking up a fight at Whitley County High School in April. He underwent surgery for an infection and is still recovering. House… Continue reading Injured Lawmaker Dewayne Bunch Resigns

Lawmaker Has More Questions About Hospital Merger

The principals of three merging healthcare systems in Kentucky can expect more questions from state lawmakers. Last week, representatives from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives addressed the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare. They fielded questions about how reproductive and end-of-life services would be protected after the entities merge… Continue reading Lawmaker Has More Questions About Hospital Merger

Conway Says State Must Approve Hospital Merger, Ramsey to Address Lawmakers

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Steve Beshear are attempting to assert their role in a pending hospital merger. Questions have been growing around the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives. The merged hospitals will have to follow Catholic health directives. That means University Hospital would have… Continue reading Conway Says State Must Approve Hospital Merger, Ramsey to Address Lawmakers

State Lawmakers Discuss When to Begin Redistricting

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Members of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Task Force on Elections are at odds over when to begin redrawing legislative districts based on the 2010 Census. It could either be done during a special session this year or during the regular session which begins in January. “It can be done… Continue reading State Lawmakers Discuss When to Begin Redistricting

Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Aviation Needs

With a budget session coming up in January, Kentucky lawmakers are taking an early look at state aviation needs. A legislative hearing on the topic was held this afternoon in Frankfort. The Department of Aviation has 35 employees and an annual budget of around $10 million. The department oversees three fixed-wing aircraft and one helicopter.… Continue reading Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Aviation Needs

Former State Rep Eddie Ballard Dies

Praise is pouring in for former Kentucky Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville, who died at age 81. Before retiring from the legislature last year, Rep. Eddie Ballard would rise from his desk each day the House was in session and ask the Speaker to excuse all absent members. The ceremonial duty was generally the most… Continue reading Former State Rep Eddie Ballard Dies

Indiana Senate Committee Approves Redistricting Plan

A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee has approved a redistricting plan for the chamber, though Democrats say it unfairly dilutes African-American and Hispanic voters. The Senate Elections Committee approved the plan with a 6-2 vote along party lines Thursday. The panel also proposed new district boundaries for Indiana’s nine congressional seats.

Indiana House Approves Drug Tracking Bill

The Indiana House has approved a bill that would require computerized tracking by retailers of cold medications used in making methamphetamine. The vote was 78-11 The bill would have all stores selling pseudoephedrine enter the identity of customers into a multistate database and limit a person to buying 7.2 grams of those drugs in a… Continue reading Indiana House Approves Drug Tracking Bill

Senate Adjourns Special Session

Kentucky’s special session on Medicaid officially ended Wednesday evening. Adjournment came after Senate Republicans approved resolutions symbolically overriding Governor Beshear’s line-item vetoes of the Medicaid bill. Eleven Democrats in the chamber, including Representative Robin Webb of Grayson, refused to support the resolutions. “My outrage is we had to come back for a special session. It… Continue reading Senate Adjourns Special Session

State Senate Reconvenes

As expected, the Kentucky Senate reconvened the special session on Medicaid. But not much has happened yet. Senate President David Williams gaveled the session to order, and 27 members recorded their presence. A couple of resolutions were read, and then Senate Republicans went behind closed doors to caucus, where they remain. Democratic Senatir Walter Blevins… Continue reading State Senate Reconvenes