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11:52pm

Tue April 8, 2014
State Capitol

Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges

Former Ky. Rep. John Arnold has been cleared of ethics charges
Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.

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10:53pm

Tue April 1, 2014
State Capitol

Decisions on State Road Projects Still to Come

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Decisions about three and a half billion dollars in road and bridge projects across Kentucky will wait for another day.

Lawmakers from the House and Senate spent many hours negotiating over the weekend before finally reaching agreement on a two year state budget.  But, consensus on a road plan remains on the 'to do' list.  

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7:03am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Kentucky Legislators Approve Biennial Budget

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Final passage of a 20 billion dollar state budget brought with it high praise, but also some expression of disappointment and frustration. 

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10:18pm

Thu March 27, 2014
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Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House

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The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.  Proponents say it could lead to state savings of 25 million dollars over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".

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10:14pm

Thu March 27, 2014
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House Speaker Says Budget Negotiations Could Extend Into Next Week

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The end of session schedule for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, as often the case, is up in the air.  Leaders from both chambers are working to try to reach agreement on a two year budget. 

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10:08pm

Thu March 27, 2014
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Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure

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The Kentucky General Assembly is working to further public-private partnerships when it comes to large expensive projects.  Legislation to assist in local and state projects has been approved by the state senate.

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6:54am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee

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A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee.  

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6:48am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Under Negotiation

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The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.  The transportation committee adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.  Committee Chair Ernie Harris says the multi billion dollar transportation program contains no tax increases.

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6:45am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

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A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

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7:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
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Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to defund the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program. 

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9:14pm

Tue March 25, 2014
State Capitol

Voting Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

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Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kentucky can now register to vote in confidentiality.  The Address Confidentiality Program is being implemented through the Secretary of State's Office.

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11:14pm

Mon March 24, 2014
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Ky. Senate Passes Its Version of State Budget

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The Kentucky Senate has now passed its version of a two year $20 billion budget.  The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.

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10:46pm

Wed March 19, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Passes Proposal to Shorten Legislative Sessions

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Legislation aimed at shortening Kentucky General Assembly sessions has easily passed the state's senate.  If approved by the full legislature, the constitutional amendment would require statewide voter approval before it could to go into effect. 

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10:43pm

Wed March 19, 2014
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General Assembly Expected to Approve Lexington Room Tax Increase

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Lexington's legislative request for authority to raise the city transient room tax seems to face clear sailing in the Kentucky House, The backing comes as time winds down for the 2014 session of the General Assembly.

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10:39pm

Wed March 19, 2014
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Tanning Bed Ban Falls Short in Senate Committee

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Legislation to ban most minors from Kentucky tanning beds has failed in committee.  The House-approved measure fell two votes shy of passage in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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5:39pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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Coal Incentives Passed by House Committee

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A state House panel has unanimously approved a bill to provide tax incentives to the ailing coal industry. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says his bill will permit tax breaks on machinery and manufacturing for coal-related companies.

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5:30pm

Mon March 17, 2014
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Senate Budget Work Moving Forward

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The Kentucky Senate works this week to put its mark on a two year budget.  Members have been reviewing spending and program needs the last few weeks, but now it's decision time.

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6:52am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Roof Repair Legislation Heads to the Senate

Louisville Representative Steve Riggs
Credit kyhousedems.com

When severe storms blow through the Commonwealth, less-than-reputable roof repair crews often times offer their services.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says legislation approved in the House hopes to remedy the problem.  "It's a terrible problem in Kentucky with storm chasers and contractors that do work on roofs that come out of state and are basically predators.

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5:10pm

Fri March 14, 2014
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Bill Relaxing Drug Refill Limits Moves to Ky. House

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation aimed at keeping certain key maintenance drugs in the hands of patients.  The bill requires pharmaceutical benefit managers to contact prescribing doctors before cutting off coverage of the medications.

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5:07pm

Fri March 14, 2014
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Ky. House Approves Cuts to School Calendars

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Kentucky school districts could shorten their academic calendars by up to ten days under legislation approved in the House today.  Local school officials have been clamoring for some legislative guidance in the wake of a rough winter and many cancelations.

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9:43am

Fri March 14, 2014
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Ky. Senate Approves Termination of Parental Rights for Rapists

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The Kentucky Senate has unanimously approved a bill terminating parental or custody rights of anyone convicted of felony rape when the mother chooses to keep the child. 

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5:16pm

Thu March 13, 2014
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Telecom Deregulation Attracting Crowds and Critics

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A telecommunications deregulation bill before the Kentucky General Assembly is continuing to attract a crowd.  Dozens were on hand for the hearing in Frankfort Thursday.  Much attention has focused on the potential impact the measure may have on land line phone service. 

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4:17pm

Thu March 13, 2014
State Capitol

Judiciary Committee Moves on Ky. Juvenile Justice Reform

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A legislative effort to reform a portion of Kentucky's juvenile justice system is moving in the GeneralAssembly.  The one-hundred-plus page bill won committee approval Thursday in Frankfort.

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11:47pm

Wed March 12, 2014
State Capitol

State Senate Backs Use of Hemp Oil as Medical Treatment

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The Kentucky Senate is backing the use of marijuana or hemp oil to treat severe cases of epilepsy in children.   The senate voted 38 to zero Wednesday in favor of a bill to give the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville the authority to study cannabis oil. 

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11:24pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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Ky. Senate Considers Bill Clearing the Way for Rand Paul Presidential Bid

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A bill seeking to ensure a federal office holder in Kentucky could run for re-election and President of the United States at the same time is on its way to the full Senate.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayeris the sponsor of the bill, intended to clear the way for Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul's expected run for the presidency. 

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11:21pm

Wed March 12, 2014
State Capitol

Stivers Bill Seeks to Shorten Legislative Sessions, Save Money

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Legislation that would significantly change the format of future sessions of the General Assembly is moving in the Kentucky Senate.  The measure, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, would shorten the session by a third over a two year period.  He also says it could save the state seven million dollars each year. 

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11:00pm

Tue March 11, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. House Expected to Discuss, Pass Proposed Budget

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The Kentucky House is expected to vote on a state budget Wednesday, but not without some debate.   Republican delegates were expected to caucus Tuesday to get details from staff of the Legislative Research Commission. 

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3:14pm

Tue March 11, 2014
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House Committee Backs School Snow Day Bill

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The full House will vote on legislation to allow local school districts to shorten their instructional calendar by up to ten days.  The measure is being promoted as a way for schools to deal with a higher-than-normal number of snow days. 

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3:10pm

Tue March 11, 2014
State Capitol

Local Sales Tax Option Moves Forward

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Giving local governments the option of putting a sales tax increase before its residents remains alive in the current legislative session.  But, based on comments from a key leader, its chances of passage appear slim. 

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5:26pm

Mon March 10, 2014
State Capitol

Finding Ways to Grow Revenues at Kentucky State Parks

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A call from city officials across the state for a local sales tax option faces tough sledding in the Kentucky legislature.  But, a veteran Kentucky senator believes some additional funds may be generated in other ways.

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