Ryland Barton

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Louisville’s practice of busing students around the city to try and create more diverse schools is under fire again as Kentucky education officials consider whether to take over management of Jefferson County Public Schools.

Rep.. Donna Mayfield has dropped out of her race for re-election.Credit Richmond RegisterEdit | Remove

A Republican state representative from Winchester has withdrawn her candidacy for re-election, saying that politics in Frankfort has become “too vicious.” 

Rep. Donna Mayfield made the announcement during a candidate forum on Wednesday evening according to a Facebook Live video of the event posted by the Winchester Sun. 

This week in Kentucky politics, speculation flared that Kentucky’s new education leaders would try to take over Louisville’s public school district. Plus, a judge ruled that Attorney General Andy Beshear  can sue the governor over the pension bill that was signed into law earlier this month. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

Teachers Storm Capitol Protesting Pension Bill

Mar 30, 2018
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Teachers from around Kentucky descended on Frankfort Friday  morning to protest a surprise pension bill that was rushed through the state legislature the day before. About two dozen school districts were shut down because of teacher walk outs. 

Hundreds of teachers and other state employees packed the Kentucky Capitol Wednesday as Republican lawmakers presented their new plan to overhaul the state’s ailing pension systems. 

Supporters of the bill say it would save the state $4.8 billion over the next 30 years by requiring the legislature to put more money into the pension systems and reducing benefits to current and future retirees. 

Janet Sogar, a retired teacher from Florence, says she has a hard time encouraging young people to become teachers because of proposed cuts to future teacher pensions. 

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This week at the state legislature, a new bill overhauling the public pension system was finally filed and it’s a lot different from the proposal made by Gov. Matt Bevin last fall. But, it still reduces benefits to many current and most future state employees while promising massive infusions of cash into the pension systems. 
Bevin’s plan to overhaul the pension system would have moved most future and some current state employees onto 401k-style retirement plans. 

The Kentucky House Natural Resources Committee has advanced a controversial bill that would scale back Kentucky’s solar net metering program, an effort to compensate households with solar panels for putting energy back on the power grid. 

State law requires power companies to compensate those households with credits that can be used on future power bills. 

But under House Bill 227, the value of those credits would be reduced from the retail price of power to the wholesale price—a reduction of about two-thirds. 

Kentucky.com

Lawmakers return to Frankfort this week for the 2018 General Assembly and are slated to make changes to the state’s pension systems, craft a new two-year budget and consider a variety of other legislation.

This will be the first time in Kentucky history that a budget will be written by a Republican-led legislature and governor. 
 

On WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners Show, Bevin said major cuts are likely across state government. 

When Will Jeff Hoover Officially Step Down? Soon

Dec 26, 2017
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Hoover announced he was stepping down from his role as speaker last month after admitting he exchanged sexually-charged text messages with a staffer. 

On WHAS radio’s Terry Meiners show, Bevin said it’s “highly unlikely” that Hoover would try to keep his leadership position when the General Assembly goes back into session. 

“I don’t know why he would do that. He’s already stated that it’s his intent to stand down. You can’t officially resign until the House is in session, which will happen when they come back in again.” 

Berea College

A provision that would have protected Berea College from a tax on university endowments has been removed from the tax bill passed by Congress today. 

On Tuesday evening a Senate parliamentarian ruled that the provision shielding Berea’s endowment from the tax violated the chamber’s rules. 

Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican representing the 6th Congressional district blamed the removal on Democrats, who originally challenged the provision.  

Lawmakers Say Tax Reform Unlikely

Dec 20, 2017
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Republican leaders of the General Assembly are throwing water on the idea that they’ll make major changes to the state’s tax code during the upcoming legislative session. 

Lawmakers have to craft a new two-year budget for the state and are hoping to overhaul the pension systems in the session which lasts from Jan. 2 until mid-April. 

At a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday, Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he doesn’t think there will be time for tax reform in the upcoming session. 

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This week in Kentucky politics, the president of the Senate filed a bill that would strip powers from the attorney general’s office and give them to the governor.

As the legislative session winds down, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether a charter schools bill will pass and if it does, what it will look like. And reports that President Trump would visit Louisville this week were walked back…but Vice President Mike Pence WILL be coming.

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

This week, Kentucky was on the national stage as former Gov. Steve Beshear gave the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s first congressional address. And Gov. Matt Bevin went to the White House to give his assessment of the Affordable Care Act.

Plus, as the legislative session winds down, the General Assembly finally advanced a charter schools bill.

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

There’s more on the 2017 session here.

A sweeping criminal justice bill has been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly. It aims to provide workforce training for state prisoners, fight drug addiction and increase penalties for some crimes.

Kentuckians were among the hundreds of thousands of people who traveled to Washington D.C. this weekend. Some attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and others were there for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, protesting Trump’s attitudes toward women and minorities.

As the first weekend of the new administration is in the books, I checked in with a couple Kentuckians who traveled to the events for very different reasons.

Listen to the audio in the player above.

Reporters' Roundtable on Election on Eastern Standard

May 17, 2016
Eastern Standard

Kentucky political reporters will join us to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election and other political matters on this week's Eastern Standard.  

Reporters Discuss 2015 News on Eastern Standard

Dec 16, 2015
Noah Day

  During 2015, Kentuckians elected and inaugurated a new governor.

The Commonwealth stood at "ground zero" during a struggle over the implementation of same-sex marriage.

Our nation's response to terrorism and the 2016 presidential race dominated national news.

lrc.state.ky.us

Kentucky lawmakers have entered the final stretch of the 2015 General Assembly, with hundreds of bills awaiting action before the final gavel falls later this month.