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11:47am

Sun February 24, 2013
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House Passes Bill Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

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The Kentucky House has unanimously passed a bill to create an external panel to review certain child death and near death cases. A similar bill failed to pass last year, but Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order in the spring to create a temporary panel, which has since been reviewing certain cases.

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11:45am

Sun February 24, 2013
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Pension Deal Could Include Lottery Tax

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House Democratic leaders will likely propose adding a 6 percent sales tax on Kentucky Lottery ticket sales and expanding available lottery games to fund future pension contributions. Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said the lottery sales tax would generate $49 million annually, and new lottery games could bring in between $60 million and $90 million over time.

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11:44am

Sun February 24, 2013
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Hundreds Turn Out at Gun Rights Rallies

Organizers estimate that more than 1,000 people turned out Saturday afternoon for one of Kentucky’s two Day of Resistance gatherings. The crowd cheered keynote speaker Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, and other speakers who railed against federal efforts at mandated gun registration and “gun-free” school zones. The Florence rally was one of more than 100 scheduled accross the country, according to organizers.

3:01pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Beshear Signs Bill for University Projects

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FRANKFORT – Eleven major construction projects at six state universities, including dormitory renovations, new student centers, and athletic facility improvements will soon be underway thanks to the quick passage of a bill that allows the schools to issue bonds for project financing – all at no cost to Kentucky taxpayers.

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2:53pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Beshear and Judd will Meet to Discuss 2014 Election

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Ashley Judd—the actress and potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate—will meet soon to with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss the 2014 election, Beshear said on Thursday. Judd has been meeting with potential donors and supporters in the past several weeks, including some in Louisville, the Hill reports.

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1:53pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Bill Transferring Medicaid Late Payments to Insurance Department Clears House Committee

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo's bill that would transfer late payments claims in Medicaid managed care has cleared its first committee. The legislation moves dealing with late payment issues between health care providers and managed care organizations to the Department of Insurance's third party system. Currently, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services deals with those issues—but how those issues are dealt with has become a major issue in Kentucky's managed care system.

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12:48pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Amendment Made to Electronic Voting Bill for Military Personnel

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Kentucky military personnel could get their election ballots electronically—but the ballots would have to be printed and returned to county clerks via snail mail, under changes made to a bill Thursday in a state Senate committee meeting.

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6:10pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Fairness Campaign Hopes for Kentucky House Hearing

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FRANKFORT — Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign. 

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6:01pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Rand Paul Reticent About Potential Tea Party Challenger to Mitch McConnell

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul isn’t sure if Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin would pose a problem for Mitch McConnell in a primary election. The wealthy investor acknowledged an interest in taking on McConnell and has been in discussion with Tea Party groups. A Bevin spokeswoman said several individuals have voiced "frustration with their current representation" in Washington.

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5:52pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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University Bonding Bill Passes Both Chambers

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A bill allowing most of Kentucky's public universities to start more than $360 million in bonding projects has officially cleared both legislative chambers. The Senate passed the bill 36-1 today, with Sen. John Schickel, a Union Republican, as the lone dissenting vote. 

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5:49pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Senate Committee Approves Election Bill

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Kentucky's governor and other statewide constitutional officers would be elected in the same year as presidential elections under a bill approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee. Without a change, statewide constitutional officers—including the secretary of state, state auditor and others—would be next up for election in 2015. 

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5:45pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Last-Minute Casino Gambling Amendment Introduced in the Kentucky House

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Just as the deadline for filing new bills was to expire, a bill to amend the Kentucky constitution to allow for casino gambling was introduced Tuesday afternoon in the state House. The bill would require the Kentucky General Assembly to allow and create regulation for casino gambling at no more than seven locations. The revenue, the bill says, would be used "job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans programs, local governments, public safety, and the support of the horse industry; create the Equine Excellence fund of dedication funds from gambling."

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1:37pm

Tue February 19, 2013
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Beshear Sides with Law Enforcement Over Hemp Legalization

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Speaking with reporters in Frankfort Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he's pushing to put the hemp legalization issue on hold until law enforcement's concerns can be addressed. According to WTVQ-TV, Beshear has concerns similar to those of Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, who's said the state should listen to the concerns of police officers since hemp leaves look like marijuana leaves.

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1:30pm

Tue February 19, 2013
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McConnell Ad Mocks Democratic Candidate Search

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In the first ad of the 2014 Kentucky Senate race, Republican Mitch McConnell pokes fun at Democrats for being unable to find an opponent for the general election. The online spot utilizes clips of President Obama, and shows him looking at a number of rumored challengers including actress Ashley Judd, former U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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12:54pm

Tue February 19, 2013
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Beshear Says Casino Gambling Bill is Dead for 2013

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Gov. Steve Beshear says he's a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky's horse racing tracks—but he's not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state's struggling pension system. Meanwhile, Beshear said casino gambling is not happening this year.

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12:33pm

Mon February 18, 2013
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Democrats Divided On Ashley Judd

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Parallel to the divide between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the Tea Party, Kentucky Democrats are vocally split over actress Ashley Judd running the GOP leader. Democratic officials, lawmakers and operatives have voiced opposition to Judd, suggesting the Hollywood star is too liberal and would hurt down-ticket candidates. Judd has been described as a "catastrophe" for not only state House candidates but gubernatorial ones in 2015.

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12:31pm

Mon February 18, 2013
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Kentucky House Moves Forward With Redistricting

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Kentucky House leaders are moving ahead with addressing redistricting this session—despite hesitation from the Senate and pleas from the governor. The regional caucuses are still working on their areas when it comes to redistricting, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

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12:29pm

Mon February 18, 2013
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Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill

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A bill aimed at reforming the way special districts are treated in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in hands of the state Senate. House Bill 1 is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, based off recommendations Edelen made during his investigation of special taxing districts across Kentucky.

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2:11pm

Sun February 17, 2013
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Hemp Advocates Say State Could Benefit From Different Markets

Hemp doubters, including prominent Kentucky politicians and law enforcement, scoff at the idea that the market for the crop could mean much to Kentucky farmers. But they have not been answering the phones at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, where Commissioner James Comer gets two or three calls a week. "Industry leaders in automotive manufacturing, cosmetics, energy, processing and certified seed are all interested in Kentucky-grown industrial hemp," Comer told the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Feb. 11.

12:13pm

Fri February 15, 2013
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House Leaders Consider Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions

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Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions. Instant Racing is a slots-like game currently played at two Kentucky tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. The legality of the game is also currently being litigated at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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12:04pm

Fri February 15, 2013
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Bill Deregulating Land-Line Phone Service Clears the Senate

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A controversial telephone-deregulation bill that opponents say could leave people in rural areas without land-line service cleared the state Senate Thursday on a 24-13 vote. The measure now goes to the House, where two key lawmakers have said the bill is problematic because of its potential impact on rural areas. But the bill's sponsor said those areas will be protected.

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11:35am

Fri February 15, 2013
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University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law

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A bill authorizing more than $360 million in bonds for university projects is just steps away from becoming a reality. House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.  And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday.

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3:28pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Kentucky Senate Passes Hemp Bill

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The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders. The Senate's 31-6 approval of a bill establishing oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally comes with the release of a poll stating that most Kentuckians believe legalized hemp would create jobs.

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2:05pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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House Panel Approves Coal County Scholarship Bill

FRANKFORT—A bill approved Thursday by the House Education Committee would create a scholarship and grant program to help college juniors and seniors from Kentucky’s coal counties attain four-year college degrees. House Bill 210, introduced and sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, would offer scholarships to students from the state’s 34 coal-producing counties in eastern and western Kentucky who attend school in those counties through the “Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program” to be established by the bill.

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2:02pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Former Wildcat Derek Anderson Joins Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban

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FRANKFORT — Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda  for their cause. Urging Kentucky lawmakers to pass a statewide smoking ban, Gov. Steve Beshear and former University of Kentucky basketball player Derek Anderson spoke in favor of House Bill 190 at the rally. Currently more than 20 Kentucky communities have smoke-free laws, spanning across the state. And recent polls said that most Kentuckians support a ban.

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12:41pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Debt Ceiling Bill Clears State Senate Panel

Legislation that would cap the state's debt supported by General Fund appropriations was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Committee Chair Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, would prohibit the legislature from appropriating more than 6 percent of General Fund revenues to bonded indebtedness.

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12:31pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases

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The state Senate on Wednesday approved that sets up a panel to review abuse cases from nursing homes. Three doctors would be put on the panel to review abuse cases; the bill would not prevent patients from filing lawsuits, but the findings from the panel could be admissible in court. The Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on a party-line vote—Republican for, Democrats against.

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5:41pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Committee Passes Dropout Age Bill

FRANKFORT—A bill that would raise the school dropout age in Kentucky from 16 to 18 passed the House Education Committee Tuesday. House Bill 224, sponsored by House Banking and Insurance Chair Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, and Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, would raise the dropout age gradually by increasing the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17 on July 1, 2017 and from age 17 to 18 on July 1, 2018. Similar legislation has been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly for over a decade but has never become law.

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5:39pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Senate Committee Backs Bill Requiring Medicaid Providers to Publish Prescription Prices

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A bill requiring Kentucky Medicaid managed care operators publish a list of prescriptions and reimbursement prices on Wednesday passed a state Senate committee, following prodding from  independent pharmacists asking for access to pricing standards before they fill prescriptions.

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5:39pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Senate Committee Backs Bill Requiring Medicaid Providers to Publish Prescription Prices

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A bill requiring Kentucky Medicaid managed care operators publish a list of prescriptions and reimbursement prices on Wednesday passed a state Senate committee, following prodding from  independent pharmacists asking for access to pricing standards before they fill prescriptions.

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