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5:38pm

Wed February 26, 2014
State Capitol

Bill to Stop Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline Goes to House Floor

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Opponents of the proposed Blue Grass Pipeline got a victory of sorts Wednesday in the Kentucky general assembly.  By the thinnest of margins, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would prohibit eminent domain action for the transmission of natural gas liquids.

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10:51pm

Mon February 24, 2014
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Transportation Project Funding Comes Before Budget Committee

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As they prepare to vote on funding for road repairs, state lawmakers are asking questions about maintenance and new projects. State transportation department officials went before the House Budget Subcommittee on Transportation Monday.

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6:00am

Mon February 24, 2014
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Legislature Moves to Set Planning Time Minimum for Teachers

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The Kentucky House has overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring teachers to be paid for a minimum of 120 minutes a week for non-teaching activities.  Bill sponsor Rita Smart says having adequate planning time in the daily schedule seems to be a bigger issue for elementary teachers.

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4:09pm

Fri February 21, 2014
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Legislators in Both Houses Wrangle Over Pace of Budget Action

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In the Kentucky Legislature, there was budget talk Friday in both houses, but it had little to do with dollars and cents.  It began in the Senate when Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer asked members in the House to move on a two year budget and get it to his chamber.

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4:05pm

Fri February 21, 2014
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Ky. Senate Moves to Reduce 'Water Patrol Harassment'

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation its sponsor argues would help reduce water patrol harassment in the state.  A Marina operator testified in committee about a growing wave of boater complaints about overzealous officers.

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8:02am

Fri February 21, 2014
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Senate Backs Bill to Allow Concealed Weapons in Bars

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Legislation that would allow those with concealed carry permits to carry weapons into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House. 

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7:17am

Thu February 20, 2014
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Voting Rights Restoration Bill Passes Ky. Senate

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With support from U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a weakened version of a bill restoring voting rights for some felons has cleared the Kentucky Senate. The issue hasn't had strong Republican support in the past. But Wednesday,

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7:12am

Thu February 20, 2014
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Ky. House Committee Hears Eminent Domain and Bluegrass Pipeline Debate

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The hotly-debated issue of eminent domain as it relates to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project got a lengthy hearing at the State Capitol Wednesday. 

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9:53pm

Tue February 18, 2014
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Legislators May Look to Affordable Care Act for State Budget Savings

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Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget.  House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Governor Beshear. 

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9:22am

Mon February 17, 2014
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Ky. House May Consider Smoking Ban This Week

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The House sponsor of a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban hopes to see a floor vote this week.   Proponents realize the measure still faces opposition.

Statewide smoking ban could get a vote this week in the House

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3:49pm

Fri February 14, 2014
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Ky. House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion

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The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.   It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.  The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.

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10:11pm

Thu February 13, 2014
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Ky. Lawmakers Near Mid-Point of 2014 Session

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Next Wednesday marks the midway point for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly.  Typically, much of the heavy lifting regarding legislation occurs during the second half of the 60-day session.  This winter’s lawmaking exercise seems to be following that tradition.

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12:11am

Thu February 13, 2014
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House Bill Would Raise Fees to Pay for 9-1-1

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A measure being filed in the Kentucky House would increase the monthly statewide wireless fee by 30 cents.  Proponents say the increase is needed to offset the loss of revenue as a result of declining land-line phone service.  

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8:02am

Wed February 12, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Committee Approves Concealed Weapons in Bars

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A bill that would allow bar owners to open their doors to concealed weapons has won approval by a Kentucky Senate committee.  Current state law prohibits anyone to enter a bar with a gun that is not openly visible.

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10:03pm

Tue February 11, 2014
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Booster Seat Bill Emerges from House Committee

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An effort to toughen child booster seat standards in Kentucky is heading to the House floor.  The measure has been before lawmakers in previous sessions of the legislature.

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11:25am

Mon February 10, 2014
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Kentucky Senate to Consider Financial Literacy Bill

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The Kentucky House has approved legislation intended to help citizens of the state better understand how to save and use their money.

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10:59pm

Fri February 7, 2014
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House, Senate Leaders Debate Minimum Wage Bill

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Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation.  The House approved a bill Thursday to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour.  Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.

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10:56pm

Fri February 7, 2014
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Senate Approves Plan to Restrict Governor's Authority

The Kentucky Senate Thursday approved a constitutional amendment measure which would give the legislature the ability to block administrative regulations proposed by the governor’s office when lawmakers are not in session.

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10:54pm

Fri February 7, 2014
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State Capitol Turns Red for Women's Heart Disease Awareness

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National "Wear Red Day" has been recognized by the Kentucky General Assembly.  The American Heart Association urged everyone to wear red on Friday to bring attention to the number one killer of women, heart disease.

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10:40am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Committee

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A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the state.

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10:36am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Senate Leadership's Highest Priority Passes

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 The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

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6:44am

Fri February 7, 2014
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House Backs Plan to Raise Ky. Minimum Wage

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill to increase the minimum wage in the Commonwealth.  The measure raises the minimum wage 95 cents a year over a three year period.  If enacted into law, the hourly rate would go from seven dollars 25 cents to ten dollars and ten cents after three years.

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6:41am

Fri February 7, 2014
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General Assembly to Consider Loosening Concealed Carry Rules

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People considered at risk in domestic situations may soon have access to additional protection.   Kentucky’s General Assembly is being asked to approve legislation loosening restrictions on concealed weapons.

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6:38am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Committee Approves Caregiver Registry Bill

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A Kentucky Senate committee has approved additional protections for vulnerable Kentuckians who receive personal care services.  The bill is aimed at reducing adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation by creating a registry with the state.

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7:43am

Thu February 6, 2014
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Abortion Related Ultrasound Bill Passes Senate

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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.  The bill does not include an exemption for victims of rape. According to the reproductive rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 88 percent of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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5:31pm

Mon February 3, 2014
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Governor to Reveal Tax Reform Plan Tuesday

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t spilling any secrets about the tax reform proposal he plans to unveil Tuesday. When asked about his plan, mum is the word. Beshear won't say whether he wants to raise taxes, or whether his plan will be revenue neutral.

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10:22am

Sat February 1, 2014
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Legislative Leaders to Meet with Governor on Tax Reform

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Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Governor Beshear Monday to talk tax reform.  Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Governor Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.  But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting.

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9:43pm

Fri January 24, 2014
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Assessing Pace of 2014 General Assembly

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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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10:27pm

Wed January 22, 2014
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Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate State Treasurer

Legislation seeking to eliminate the state office of treasurer is making its way through the Kentucky Senate.  The Senate State and Local Government Committee easily approved the measure Wednesday.  Bill Sponsor Chris McDaniel says voter approval of the constitutional amendment would save taxpayers about two and a half million dollars each year.

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4:29pm

Fri January 17, 2014
State Capitol

Bill to Permit Monkey Service Companions Filed in State Senate

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A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate  At first blush, northern Kentucky Senator John Schikel’s bill sounds like fodder for The Daily Show. It allows primates to serve as service companions in private residences.  But when asked about it, Shickel, a former police officer, breaks down in tears.

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