Beshear, Williams Rivalry Could Influence November Legislative Elections

Kentucky lawmakers will begin a special session today that could become election fodder for legislative candidates on both sides of the aisle this fall. This is the seventh straight year lawmakers have gone into special session, which costs the state sixty thousand dollars a day to fund. And Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate… Continue reading Beshear, Williams Rivalry Could Influence November Legislative Elections

Lawmakers Return for Special Session

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort today to begin a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear has ordered lawmakers to take up a funding bill for the state’s road plan and one addressing prescription pill abuse. Those were the two major bills that died in the final hours of the 2012 regular session… Continue reading Lawmakers Return for Special Session

Williams Says Beshear Needs to ‘Tone Down’ Rhetoric

Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session. The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn’t pass two of the session’s critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state’s road plan and one that would… Continue reading Williams Says Beshear Needs to ‘Tone Down’ Rhetoric

Coal Scholarship, Dropout Bills Won’t Be Added to Special Session Agenda

An education proposal favored by Kentucky House leadership will not be included in next week’s special session, effectively killing its chances this year. A bill that began as a measure to bring the University of Pikeville into the state system morphed into one that would have created scholarships for college students from coal counties. House… Continue reading Coal Scholarship, Dropout Bills Won’t Be Added to Special Session Agenda

Beshear Continues to Blame Williams Over Deadlock

A blame game over important legislation leftover in the 2012 General Assembly is turning into a repeat of last year’s gubernatorial election. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for state lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down… Continue reading Beshear Continues to Blame Williams Over Deadlock

Stumbo Says House Won’t Override Budget Vetoes, Giving Beshear the Final Word

Governor Steve Beshear’s 45 vetoes to the executive branch budget will remain intact. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House Democratic caucus chose not to override any vetoes, despite the objections of individual lawmakers. “But collectively as a body the caucus chose to support the governor’s decisions to veto. He gave a very good presentation… Continue reading Stumbo Says House Won’t Override Budget Vetoes, Giving Beshear the Final Word

Outside of Budget Line Items, Beshear Doesn’t Expect to Veto Other Bills

Kentucky lawmakers have one more legislative day in their calendar this year, but they likely won’t spend it overriding vetoed bills. Governor Steve Beshear spent most of Wednesday signing bills into law. And outside of the almost mandatory line item vetoes every governor has in budget bills, Beshear says he doesn’t expect to use his… Continue reading Outside of Budget Line Items, Beshear Doesn’t Expect to Veto Other Bills

Beshear Predicts Prescription Pill Bill Will Pass in Strong Form

Supporters of a bill that would put more restrictions on prescription pills say they believe the measure will pass soon, despite increased lobbying efforts by doctors to weaken the bill. The bill would move the KASPER prescription tracking system to the Attorney General’s office and strengthen restrictions on pain clinics. Kentucky lawmakers were unable to… Continue reading Beshear Predicts Prescription Pill Bill Will Pass in Strong Form

Bill Allowing Reflective Tape on Slow Moving Vehicles Becomes Law

Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads. Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 75 into law today. The bill is in response to the jailing of Amish men in Western Kentucky, who refused to use the orange triangles for… Continue reading Bill Allowing Reflective Tape on Slow Moving Vehicles Becomes Law

Beshear Signs Deal on Unemployment Loan Interest Payments Into Law

Governor Steve Beshear has signed a plan to save employers from federal unemployment insurance tax hikes into law. At his first ceremonial bill signing of the year, Beshear praised lawmakers and the business and labor communities for reaching a compromise. House Bill 495 would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a state organization to repay… Continue reading Beshear Signs Deal on Unemployment Loan Interest Payments Into Law