Bill to Create Statewide Fraud Law Is Re-Introduced

A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government. Stumbo says the bill is needed to help […]

Stumbo Has Questions About Gambling Amendment, May Change Wording

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed gambling amendment. The amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely […]

After Impasse, New Congressional Districts Become Law

After weeks of disagreement, new districts for Kentucky’s six U.S. House seats have become law. The issue appeared dead earlier this week when the state Senate was unable to approve a new map. But lawmakers rallied around a compromise plan last night. Under the new plan, the Second District will lose some of its northern […]

Congressional Redistricting in Limbo as Filing Deadline Passes

The deadline for Kentuckians to file to run for the U.S. House has passed…with no extension and no agreement on new district maps. The deadline was 4:00 pm today. And as it passed, state House leaders were still waiting on approval from the Senate on the latest compromise on what the districts should look like. […]

Congressional Filing Deadline Likely to Be Moved Again

Kentucky lawmakers are struggling to finalize new Congressional districts. Both chambers approved new maps of the districts last month and have been in a conference committee for weeks to work out the differences. Last week, legislative leaders thought they were close to an agreement that would leave the maps relatively unchanged, but no compromise was […]

Officials Urge Passage of Prescription Drug Legislation

From Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials are touting a legislative proposal that focuses on fighting prescription drug abuse. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system, and other lawmakers […]

Stumbo Introduces Bill to Crack Down On Pill Clinics

A bill to crack down on illegal pain clinics has been introduced in the Kentucky House. Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, all Democrats, collaborated on the bill. It would transfer the operation of KASPER, a statewide pill tracking system, to the Attorney General’s office. It would also require […]

Kentucky General Assembly Takes Friday Off Because Of Filing Deadline Delay

Kentucky lawmakers are giving themselves another long weekend by taking tomorrow off. And one legislator is blaming the filing deadline for the break. Candidates have until Tuesday to file to run for the General Assembly. A judge pushed back the deadline back earlier this week so he could further consider the constitutionality of new district […]

Judge Delays Legislative Filing Deadline

A Franklin Circuit Court judge has pushed back the filing deadline for state legislative candidates. In response to a lawsuit claiming the new redistricting maps are unconstitutional, Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a restraining order moving the deadline back one week. Shepherd also set a hearing on the constitutionality argument for Monday morning. Secretary of State Alison […]

Debate over Psuedoephedrine as Prescription Only Getting Personal

The debate over how to regulate psedudoephedrine is becoming more polarized. Lawmakers are wrestling with the idea of whether to make the drug, known as PSE, available by prescription only. Law enforcement supports that idea, while health care and citizen groups don’t. The debate has led one state Senator to dial back his leadership on […]