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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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12:43pm

Sun March 9, 2014
State Capitol

Voting Rights, Gambling and Ballot Questions on Legislature's Agenda

Johnny Keene, right and Mary Maxwell of Frankfort stand of the steps of the Capitol and sing 'We Shall Overcome' at the end of the 50th Anniversary of the MLK March on Frankfort program, Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 at the Capitol in Frankfort. Keene and Maxwell were college friends at KSU and are now neighbors
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Even as thousands of Kentuckians marched on the state Capitol last week and called for voting rights for ex-felons, lawmakers have yet to reach an accord on the issue in the 2014 General Assembly. The demonstration Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of a landmark civil-rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to end segregation and extend voting rights for African Americans.

But the message this year focused on restoring voting rights to many felons who have served out their sentences. Legislators in the House and Senate are sparring over provisions in House Bill 70, which seeks a constitutional amendment on voter rights restoration.

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12:25am

Sat March 8, 2014
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Ky. House Committee Approves Day Care Radon Testing

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Kentucky day care centers would be required to be tested for radon under legislation approved by a House committee.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says Kentucky ranks in the top ten nationally when it comes to radon levels.  “It’s a piece of legislation that requires where young children spend nine or ten hours a day, day care centers actually get a test from a licensed professional for radon which cause lung cancer,” said Riggs.

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6:22am

Thu March 6, 2014
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Legislation Intends to Help Landowners Control Crop-Eating Wildlife

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The state of Kentucky is working to give farmers more options when it comes to dealing with wildlife that eat their crops.   The primary target of the legislation is deer.

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10:26pm

Wed March 5, 2014
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Fairness Bill Gets Hearing in Ky. House Committee

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Kentucky's House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposed statewide Fairness Bill.  The legislation, sponsored by Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian, would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.

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7:04pm

Wed March 5, 2014
State Capitol

Legislators Recall Martin Luther King, Jr. March

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Sen. Gerald Neal knew he was part of something historic when, as a freshman at Kentucky State University, he joined a mass of 10,000 who marched peacefully on the Capitol with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders 50 years ago today.

Some of the excitement he felt that day — “We thought we were on the path of eliminating racism in society, bigotry,” he said — has resurfaced as organizers recognize the Freedom March on Frankfort.

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6:01am

Mon March 3, 2014
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House Approves Tougher Fines for Texting in Work or School Zones

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Concerns about distracted driving continue to draw attention in the Kentucky General Assembly.  On Friday, the House approved a measure that would double the fines for texting while driving in school or work zones.

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6:00am

Mon March 3, 2014
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Senate Leader Confident of Timely Resolution for Budget, Other Priorities

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The Kentucky Senate's majority floor leader anticipates a major difference in the budgets expected to emerge in the legislature during the next month.  House members will cast their votes first on a 20 billion dollar spending plan.

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10:14am

Sat March 1, 2014
State Capitol

Concealed Carry for Domestic Violence Victims Approved by Ky. House

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Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday.  If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.

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12:20am

Fri February 28, 2014
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Ky. Senate Committee Supports Opening Juvenile Court Proceedings

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Proposed legislation to allow for the opening of certain juvenile court proceedings to the public is moving in the Kentucky Senate.  The bill that emerged from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday has been an emotional issue, debated by policy makers for years.

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9:56pm

Wed February 26, 2014
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Ky. House Committee Urges State Universities to Research Bee Losses

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An Eastern Kentucky University expert believes Appalachian Kentucky is ripe for the growth of beekeeping.  Tammy Horn is Director of Coal Country Beeworks. a project of the Environmental Research Institute at Eastern Kentucky University.

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5:38pm

Wed February 26, 2014
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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
State Capitol

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
State Capitol

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.


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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
State Capitol

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
State Capitol

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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