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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
State Capitol

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
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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

Booster Seat Bill Proponents
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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
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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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5:15pm

Thu January 16, 2014
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Heroin Legislation Approved in Kentucky Senate

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The Kentucky Senate has adopted legislation aimed at addressing the state’s growing heroin problem.  It contains provisions on treatment, education, and intervention.   Senate bill five increases penalties for high volume heroin traffickers and paves the way for charging them with homicide when there is an overdose death.

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5:06pm

Wed January 15, 2014
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Amendment To Consolidate Statewide, National Elections Moves In Senate

FRANKFORT— Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington (left), confers with Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, in the Kentucky Senate.
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A proposal to change the timing of elections for Kentucky’s statewide officers has sailed out of a Senate committee.  If it passes the House and voters approve the constitutional amendment, statewide races for governor, attorney general, and agriculture commissioner would coincide with national elections.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer supports the change.

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8:53pm

Thu January 9, 2014
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Legislation to Focus on Spotting Early Signs Of Child Abuse

FRANKFORT— Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville (left), and Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, follow testimony during a meeting of the House Health and Welfare Committee.
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Legislation that requires training for physicians so they can better spot signs of child abuse is pending in Frankfort.  The bill was given a preliminary hearing Thursday at the state capital.


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4:35pm

Wed January 8, 2014
State Capitol

EKU, UK And Berea Partner On "Promise Zones" In Southeast Kentucky

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A new federal program could allow eight southeast Kentucky counties to attract more support in their fight against poverty.  The program would create a so-called "Promise Zone." The designation could bring more federal money into the region and spawn additional partnerships between government agencies, social service groups and private employers.  E-K-U President Michael Benson says his school will also be involved in the initiative.

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4:57am

Wed January 8, 2014
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Education Funding, Tax Reform Demanded In State Of The Commonwealth Address

Gov. Steve Beshear entered the House of Representatives to give his State of the Commonwealth Address at the Kentucky State Capitol on Jan. 7, 2014, in Frankfort.
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A State of the Commonwealth Speech offers Kentucky's governor an opportunity to emphasize an administration's accomplishments.  Last night, Governor Steve Beshear spent a good amount of time talking about health care reforms, but also called on the general assembly to enhance state revenues and reform taxes.

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5:05pm

Tue January 7, 2014
State Capitol

Critics Renew Debate Over House Handling Of Sexual Harrassment Claims

FRANKFORT— House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook (left), speaks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives prior to the start of the opening day of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

The opening day of 2014 general assembly included a renewal of the debate over a highly publicized sexual harassment case. Critics took to the house floor and attacked the House special committee that investigated allegation of sexual harassment leveled against former Representative John Arnold.  The panel disbanded just before the holidays without taking action.   
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8:20am

Mon January 6, 2014
State Capitol

Stumbo Maintains Investigative Committee Could Meet Again

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The future of a disbanded Kentucky House committee formed to look into harassment claims against a former lawmaker may be decided this year.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador reports  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the committee charged with investigating John Arnold could be resurrected.

Although the committee had nothing to show after meeting five times and spending thousands of taxpayer dollars, Stumbo says there’s still a chance for it to continue its mission. He says that if he were in charge, the outcome would have been different.

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2:40pm

Tue December 24, 2013
State Capitol

Privatization Debate Likely to Resurface in 2014 General Assembly

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Kentucky lawmakers are being asked to consider a new proposal for privatizing certain services or projects.  It is not new to Kentucky state government.  Privatization was used in a significant way to house inmates across the Commonwealth for decades.

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2:56pm

Mon December 23, 2013
State Capitol

Kentucky Lawmakers to Consider Changes to City Classification System

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The state’s classification of its cities could be significantly modified under legislation being promoted by the Kentucky League of Cities.  Currently there are six different classes...all based on a city's population.  League of Cities Director Jonathan Steiner says the proposal cuts the number of classifications in half.

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