David Williams Awaits Details Following State of the Commonwealth

Governor Steve Beshear’s chief legislative rival is still waiting to see the meat of the governor’s 2012 legislative agenda. After the governor’s annual State of the Commonwealth address, Republican Senate President David Williams told reporters he gives Beshear credit for delivering a “pleasent speech,” but he’s still waiting to hear the details on proposals like […]

Kentucky Legislative Chambers Hold Moment of Silence for Galbraith

Lexington native and frequent political candidate Gatewood Galbraith never held elected office, despite his multiple attempts at landing jobs in Kentucky’s Capitol. But today, legislators in both chambers took a moment to remember Galbraith, the so-called pernennial candidate to Kentucky’s pernennial problems. Galbraith passed away last night from complications related to emphysema. Both the House […]

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

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 […]

Stumbo Signals Openness to Charter Schools

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he’s interested in hearing more about charter schools after a new group launched TV ads in support of the reform Tuesday morning. In the past several years, Shelbyville Republican Brad Montell has introduced legislation into the house to legalize charter schools. And supporters in the state Senate have filed […]

Beshear Requests Budget Meeting With Williams, Stumbo

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Gov. Steve Beshear wants to meet with the top two leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly in the ongoing effort to secure a new state budget. In a letter to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Gov. Beshear recommends the three meet as soon as possible […]

General Assembly Leaders Confident of Budget Resolution

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House and Senate leaders are preparing for five weeks of intensive work, now that they have a broad budget outline. House Democrats and Republicans were briefed on the budget outline Thursday and Speaker Greg Stumbo expects a budget bill to be out by the middle of next week. […]

Williams Predicts No Gambling Bill This Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Expanded gambling is again a hot topic of discussion in Frankfort, as lawmakers wrap up the first week of the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly. As yet, no expanded gambling bills have been filed, except for a constitutional amendment requiring a vote by the people. But that’s not keeping the […]

Beshear Meets With Legislative Leaders on Special Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has shared with legislative leaders his plan for addressing an almost one billion dollar state budget shortfall.  Governor Beshear spent almost two hours behind closed doors with House and Senate leaders. Afterwards, Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters, the governor is ordering an across the board, […]

Veto Recess Begins In Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in a two-week recess to give Governor Steve Beshear time to consider possible vetoes. Lawmakers return on March 26, and the session ends on the 27th. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo is already predicting a special session may be necessary […]

Stumbo Files Video Lottery Terminals Legislation

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh As promised, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation calling for video lottery terminals at the state’s horse tracks. The Kentucky Lottery would license and oversee the gambling devices. Stumbo says VLT proceeds would be used to support primary education throughout the commonwealth and reduce taxes. “I think […]