Democrats in the Kentucky Senate sent a formal letter to the chamber’s president expressing concern about the pace of bill consideration. Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones says the majority party’s method is not in line with a representative democracy. "Since the republicans took control of the state senate, the process has been a fast track, railroad type process to moving legislation," said Jones.
From left: Greg Stumbo, Robert Stivers, John Hingsbergen
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As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.
From left to right House Speaker Greg Stumbo-Senate President Robert Stivers
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Governor Steve Beshear Wednesday night delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address. House and Senate leaders offered positive comments regarding Beshear's tenure.
Governor Beshear's eighth State of the Commonwealth Speech ran a little over an hour and was interrupted by applause from legislators more than 35 times. Beshear spoke about leading Kentucky through a historic recession, as well as achievements in education, and insuring Kentuckians through the state's health care exchange.
As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly approaches the mid-point, what has the state's legislative branch achieved so far this year? What is likely to be accomplished by the end of this 60-day session? These are questions we will pursue in this week's show, originating "live" from the State Capitol in Frankfort.