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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.