Stumbo In Favor of Senate Bill That Would Change Redistricting

A change in the way lawmakers draw redistricting lines is likely to end up in front of voters this fall. Senate Bill 18 would give legislators more direction in how to split counties during  redistricting, as well as require them to follow federal law. It would throw decades of past state precedent out the window. […]

House Passes Prescription Pill Bill, Hopes to Hatch a Compromise With Senate Version

A bill aimed at strengthening  prescription pill tracking  to crack down on abuse has cleared the Kentucky House. The measure  is one of the chief priorities of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, whose work on the issue dates back to his time as attorney general. House Bill 4 would move the KASPER pill tracking system to the attorney […]

House Passes Budget Bills, Which Now Head to the Senate

Two year budgets for all three branches of state government have now passed one chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly. The House spent more than an hour debating the details of the executive, legislative and judicial budgets before easily passing all three. They also passed a bill creating a tax amnesty program that Governor Steve […]

Stumbo says Senate PSE Bill Will Likely Remain Intact If It Passes

A proposal that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine consumers can buy in a month could make it out the state House of Representatives intact. The Senate passed a bill last week that would limit consumers to seven point two grams of pseudoephedrine every month, or roughly two boxes of cold medicine. Now, the bill has […]

UPIKE Compromise Includes New Scholarship Fund

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky. House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn’t currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise. That compromise would […]

House Judiciary Committee Passes Two Bills That Would Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state’s fight against drugs. One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds. The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription […]

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 […]

Legislative Leaders Say They Won’t Draw New Maps This Session

Legislative leaders in Kentucky say the issue of redistricting is over for the current session. Lawmakers drew new maps of their districts earlier this year to reflect the latest census data. But the state Supreme Court ruled that the maps were unconstitutional and threw them out. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says there’s no need to […]

Stumbo Pushes Back on UPIKE Detractors

The leaders of a movement to bring the University of Pikeville into the state college system made their case to the House Education Committee today. There was little new information revealed in the hearing, but it gave lawmakers a first-hand account of how the move would work. It also allowed proponents a chance to strike […]

UPIKE Bill Set for Hearing in House Education Committee

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan to make the University of Pikeville the ninth state university will not be derailed by the hectic session. Stumbo is the main legislative supporter of the measure. And he says despite redistricting, expanded gambling legislation and other barriers or distractions, his bill will continue moving forward. The […]