Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives has filed his formal papers to run for another term in the General Assembly. Richards, who is a Democrat from Warren County, is the longest serving Speaker of the House in Kentucky history.
Richards has been in the Kentucky House since 1976. The Speaker says he will continue to stress education issues and to work for senior citizens in nursing homes. He also pledged today to fight for lower taxes.
Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals with medical malpractice cases has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.
If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified by the state's voters, the measure would allow lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases. The proposal is sponsored by Senate President David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is defending his decision to take money from schools and universities to shore up the state budget. The Republican who left Congress to become Kentucky's Governor says education was spared until the last possible minute.
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell says some programs at the university will have to be eliminated to meet significant budget cuts ordered by the Fletcher Administration. Speaking with members of the university's governing board today, Ransdell indicated that no decisions have been made at this point about what to eliminate. He stressed that one of his priorities will be to preserve funding for programs which excell at the institution.
Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) believes the American military presence in Iraq can be significantly reduced by the end of June. Speaking with reporters by phone from Kuwait today, Bunning said U-S officials in Iraq believe progress is being made in several aspects of the re-building effort, including work on refineries and utilities. He says "the general consensus" is that U-S manpower can be reduced to about one hundred thousand by that point.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has endorsed a "fetal homicide" bill that would declare that life begins at conception. The legislation he is backing would apply homicide statutes to a fetus, from the time of conception.
Frankfort, KY – A bill directing lawmakers to fully fund Kentucky's state sponsored merit-based scholarship program has been approved by the House Education Committee. The bill deals with the KEES scholarship program, which is funded by proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery.
Funding for the program is expected to run three to five million dollars short in fiscal year 2006. The bill directs the General Assembly to make use of general fund dollars to make up for shortfalls in the funding.
Frankfort, KY – Rachel Fletcher, the Sister-in-law of Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, has been hired by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. She will be working as an executive secretary, starting Wednesday.
Frankfort, KY – Former Governor Patton's ex-labor liason is going to work for new Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo. Danny Ross was unsuccessfully prosecuted by previous Attorney General Ben Chandler, after he and three other individuals were indicted. They were accused of steering labor union funds to Patton's 1995 gubernatorial campaign, in violation of fund-raising limits.
Washington, D.C. – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) will be visiting Iraq this week to visit with members of the 101st Airborne Division and to get a first hand report on progress in the rebuilding effort in that country. The Senator from Northern Kentucky is leading a congressional delegation that includes Senator Zell Miller of Georgia.