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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.