Andy Beshear

Stu Johnson

Kentucky's chief law-enforcement officer has filed a lawsuit against a Nicholasville car dealership. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says the legal action is in response to deceptive business practices.

 


While AG Beshear Speaks, Gov. Bevin Will Skip Fancy Farm

Jul 5, 2017
Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

A spokesman for Matt Bevin says the Republican governor will skip the annual "political speaking" at the Fancy Farm picnic.  


Kentucky is making progress in addressing a backlog of untested rape kits.  A 2015 audit revealed the commonwealth had more than three-thousand untested kits, which include physical evidence collected from sexual assault victims. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says about 1,500 of those kits have now been examined and the DNA entered into a national crime database.

"We have active investigations going on right now," Beshear told WKU Public Radio.  "The hits suggests there is at least one serial rapist that has been identified and this is an absolute critical step that we are going to follow through with until every single victim has their kit tested."

Attorney General Andy Beshear is speaking out against Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.

Kentucky Has Tested Just Over A Third Of Rape Kit Backlog

Jan 23, 2017

More than a year after discovering a backlog of more 3,000 untested rape kits, Kentucky authorities have completed testing slightly more than a third of them and are beginning to launch criminal investigations.

“You will see criminal proceedings this year,” Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Thursday.

kentucky.com

Kentucky’s highest court says the state’s Republican governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

The 5-2 ruling by the state Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling that said Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to order public colleges and universities not to spend all of the money the state legislature gave them.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear appealed, arguing Bevin’s order was illegal. A majority of the court agreed on Thursday, saying Bevin does not have that authority.

AG Beshear Says Dialogue Only Answer in Police Shootings

Jul 19, 2016
ag.ky.gov

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it’s difficult to watch some things going on across the U.S.  He was referring to violence such as Sunday's ambush-style shootings of three police officers in Baton Rouge. Beshear says he understands there are concerns about policing today, "None of them should lead to violence and all this is about getting together as a community to talk through any differences that we have.”

Ground Broken for New Methodist Home for Children

Jul 18, 2016
WEKU News

    A new chapter in a long history is being written by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.  Monday’s groundbreaking focused on centralization.

For almost three decades, the facility off Versailes road has offered residential services for children with histories of abuse and neglect.  It sits on more than 200 acres.  Now, it’s moving to a 35-acre site in Jessamine County. 

Kentucky Attorney General Will Sue Bevin Over U of L Action

Jun 22, 2016
kentucky.com

Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for abolishing and then reinstating the boards of trustees of both the University of Louisville and Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state agency that manages the pensions of most state employees.

Bevin appointed new members and changed the number of seats on each panel on Friday. In both cases, Bevin said the moves were made to achieve a “fresh start.”

On Wednesdy, Beshear said Bevin had overstepped his power.

“The opportunity for abuse of power here is evident, and it’s scary,” Beshear said.

bizjournal.com

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it could be several months before a final state court ruling in his lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday the governor had proper authority in ordering a two percent reduction in current year funding for public universities and colleges. 

state-journal.com

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office would have shared jurisdiction with all state courts in human trafficking investigations and prosecutions under a bill approved in a House committee.  The measure easily emerged from the Judiciary Committee Wednesday.  Attorney General Andy Beshear says human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry worldwide, “Of the reports the Cabinet is getting right now and, mind you, it is vastly under-reported, only about ten percent of those cases are resulting in a criminal investigation.”

AG Candidates Debate Voting Rights, Religious Freedom on KET

Oct 13, 2015
wkyt.com

The two candidates competing to be Kentucky's next attorney general have differing views on the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it relates to the highly publicized actions of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.  Davis went to jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses for same sex couples.