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Kentucky’s genetic counselors could be licensed under senate legislation now before house members. 


Becca Schimmel/Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley region once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now it’s shifting toward what’s known as right-to-work law. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws and Ohio is considering a similar bill.

Kentucky Education Reform Bill Set For Vote

Feb 16, 2017
Kentucky.com

An education reform bill, a top of the Republican-led Kentucky senate is headed to the floor Friday.

A major thrust of is to give local schools more say in revising academic standards.  Bill Sponsor Mike Wilson said it increases local decision making and decreases bureaucratic burdens on educators.


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Kentucky’s bourbon industry is looking for legislative approval to open the door to new in-state sale of whiskey dating back decades.  Under current law, these, often discovered, bottles of aged distilled spirits can’t be resold. 

Stu Johnson/WEKU

The Kentucky Senate voted to double the amount of campaign contributions allowed for some donors after an emotional floor debate.

Kentucky.com

The Kentucky senate voted Wednesday to make all public school campuses tobacco free 

Bill Sponsor Dr. Ralph Alvarado told senators Kentucky’s youth smoking rate is higher than the national average for adult smokers. The Winchester physician was asked about having tobacco products in a vehicle on school grounds.


The Kentucky Senate has approved a resolution condemning a white nationalist organization’s planned spring rally in eastern Kentucky. 

 Members of the Traditionalist Worker Party along with the Nationalist Front and National Socialist Movement are scheduled to gather at Jenny Wiley State Park in late April.  A rally is expected to take place in Pikeville. 

Pike County Senator Ray Jones called it disgraceful for the participants to gather near a memorial to those who fought and died in World War II.

Senate Passes Strict Penalty For Drug Dealing

Feb 15, 2017
Kentucky.com

 The Kentucky Senate has voted to make all trafficking in heroin or Fentanyl Class C felonies, a measure designed to help reduce overdose deaths.


Kentucky.com

The current heroin abuse problem in Kentucky is causing lawmakers on the House Education Committee to look for new ways to prevent sometimes deadly consequences of opioid use.


Ky.gov

The Kentucky General Assembly is looking at ways to improve foster care and adoption, although the real push for reforms is likely a year away.

Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for change when it comes to state adoptions and foster care.  He raised the issue during his State of the Commonwealth address last week.


Stu Johnson/WEKU

Dozens of Kentucky college students rallied for nearly two hours in Frankfort Monday to show their concerns about tuition and student debt  

Student leaders and a number of state office-holders drew repeated cheers in the capitol rotunda.

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New Leader Named To Kentucky Commission on Women

Feb 13, 2017
Ky.gov

The new chairwoman of the Kentucky Commission on Women is stepping into a brand new role, different than her position as head of an advanced technology firm.

Danette Wilder is president of SealingLife Technology. She said one goal of the Commission this year will be to influence the lives of women in areas like education, entrepreneurship, health and well-being.  Wilder said pay equity remains an issue.


AddiaWuchner.com

A Kentucky House committee has advance a bill that would require college freshmen students to undergo “catchup immunizations” before they begin school.  The vaccinations would cover diseases like measles, meningitis, and whooping cough.  Bill sponsor Addia  Wuchner said a new state regulation requires this immunization in the eleventh grade, but it won’t cover all students.

Kentucky.com

 

The  Senate Education Committee Thursday unanimously approved legislation requiring all Kentucky public schools to be tobacco free . The measure calls for posting “no smoking” signs and developing local school tobacco policies.

Abortion Bills Prompt Debate, Protest

Jan 9, 2017
Stu Johnson

Debate and action on two abortion measures received attention in Frankfort during the opening 

week of the 2017 legislative session.  ​

 The observers included two people with completely different perspectives.

Stu Johnson

In an extremely rare Saturday meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly, legislators took final action on abortion and labor-related bills.  Both the House and Senate voted to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require an ultrasound prior to any abortion. 

During debate on the ultrasound measure, Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas said some Kentucky children face extreme trauma every day.  “We see children that are unattended.  We see children who will suffer. We see children who are harmed and permanently damaged.”

Religious Leaders Plan Weekly Frankfort Visits

Jan 4, 2017
Stu Johnson

 

Religious leaders from a number of Christian faiths gathered in Kentucky's capitol rotunda Tuesday.  They're planning weekly visits to Frankfort to spotlight issues and pray.

 

Assessing Pace of 2014 General Assembly

Jan 24, 2014
courier-journal.com

The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days.  For instance, no votes occurred in either house Friday morning and both the House and Senate were in session for less than an hour.

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he WEKU Stations and Kentucky Educational Television combined forces to present a special interactive program discussing the issues and accomplishments of the 2013 Kentucky legislative session.   KET's Bill Goodman and WEKU's John Hingsbergen co-hosted the hour-long program Tuesday morning March 12.

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The WEKU Stations and Kentucky Educational Television will combine forces to present a special interactive program discussing the issues and accomplishments of the 2013 Kentucky legislative session.   KET's Bill Goodman and WEKU's John Hingsbergen will co-host the hour-long program Tuesday morning March 12 from 11:00 am until noon.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will issues confronting the General Assembly.  The program, which airs "live" on KET at 8:00 pm Monday, repeats at 11:00 am Tuesday on the WEKU stations.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight,  host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 General Assembly.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss legislation to raise the mandatory dropout age from 16 to 18.