KY Special Session To Resume; Williams Says Slots Bill Dead

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh As Kentucky’s special session resumes this afternoon in Frankfort, all eyes will be on the Senate, where action is pending on the slots bill. House Speaker Greg Stumbo remains optimistic the bill, which squeaked through the House Friday, will get a fair hearing in the Senate. “Including Senator Williams, […]

Proposal Would Use Slots Funds For School Construction Projects

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Democrats are considering a plan to use funds generated by slot machines at horse tracks to finance school construction projects. Stumbo isn’t sure how many schools would be affected. “We’re looking at a proposal that we think would act as an economic stimulus […]

Beshear Talks Slots With House Leaders

Video slots at horse tracks was the main topic of discussion, as Governor Steve Beshear met with the top two leaders of the Kentucky House. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark met for an hour-and-a-half with Governor Beshear to discuss the current state of Kentucky’s horse industry. Stumbo wants video slots […]

Kentucky Legislative Session Resumes

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Only two days remain in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, which resumes today in Frankfort. Unless House Democrats waive a new rule limiting action in the final days to veto overrides, there won’t be much for lawmakers to do today and tomorrow. House Speaker Greg Stumbo […]

Leaders: Remainder Of Session Could See Little Action

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House Democratic leaders say when the 2009 session resumes Thursday, no further votes will be taken on pending legislation unless their caucus members desire such action. Speaker Greg Stumbo says, under new House rules, lawmakers can only consider gubernatorial vetoes when they return Thursday. That would mean no […]

Slots Bill Gets Hearing In Frankfort; No Action Taken

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The 2009 Kentucky General Assembly may be winding down, but that didn’t stop House leaders from holding one last hearing on video slots legislation. Kentucky horse industry representatives say states with video slots at horse tracks are out-competing Kentucky tracks by offering bigger race day purses. They predict video […]

KY General Assembly Resumes Monday

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is winding down in Frankfort. Only seven days remain in the session, and this is the last full week before the veto recess. That’s when Governor Steve Beshear will decide whether to veto any bills approved during the session. House Speaker […]

GAARD Bill Put On Hold

Even after being revised, legislation creating an investigative arm of the Kentucky General Assembly is being put on hold. Among those expressing concerns about creation of the General Assembly Accountability and Review Division, or GAARD, were Governor Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and State Auditor Crit Luallen. Among their concerns…costs, duplication and secrecy. Responding to […]

Beshear Has "Serious Concerns" About GAARD Bill

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he has “serious concerns” about legislation sponsored by the leaders of the state House and Senate that would create an investigative arm of the Kentucky General Assembly. Beshear says the proposed creation of the General Assembly Accounting and Review Division, or GAARD, would create another layer of bureaucracy at at […]

GAARD Bill To Get First Hearing In Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh A bill that would create an investigative arm of the Kentucky General Assembly gets its first hearing in a House committee today. House and Senate leaders have taken a lot of heat over legislation aimed at creating the General Assembly Accountability and Review Division, or GAARD. Attorney General Jack […]