General Assembly http://wkyufm.org en Rep. Dwight Butler Will Call it Quits After 20 Years in Kentucky Legislature http://wkyufm.org/post/rep-dwight-butler-will-call-it-quits-after-20-years-kentucky-legislature <p>A Kentucky lawmaker who represents five counties in our listening area has decided two decades in office will be long enough.</p><p>Republican House member Dwight Butler announced he won’t run for re-election after his current term expires next year. Butler’s district covers Breckinridge and Hancock counties, along with parts of Bullitt, Daviess, and Hardin counties.</p><p>He told WKU Public Radio he plans to take a hands-off approach when it comes to who runs for the seat next year.</p><p>“If someone comes to me and asks advice about the district, or about what I’ve seen, or how the process works, I’d be happy to give that to them," said the Republican from Harned. "But I’m not going to have any hand-picked successor, at all.”</p><p>Butler’s successor will take over a more compact district than the one the long-time incumbent currently represents. Following the latest round of redistricting, Butler’s district picked up more of Hardin County,while losing parts of Bullitt and Daviess counties. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:22:08 +0000 Kevin Willis 37552 at http://wkyufm.org Rep. Dwight Butler Will Call it Quits After 20 Years in Kentucky Legislature Report on Constables Encourages Lawmakers Seeking to Abolish Office http://wkyufm.org/post/report-constables-encourages-lawmakers-seeking-abolish-office <p>Kentucky lawmakers who advocate abolishing the office of constable are emboldened by a new report from the state justice cabinet calling for just that. Constables have the same law enforcement powers as county sheriffs, but without the specific duties. Like sheriffs, the position is outlined in the constitution. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:53:26 +0000 22182 at http://wkyufm.org Report on Constables Encourages Lawmakers Seeking to Abolish Office Unions, Lawyers Give Big to Super PAC Helping Kentucky Democrats Defend State House http://wkyufm.org/post/unions-lawyers-give-big-super-pac-helping-kentucky-democrats-defend-state-house <p>A Super PAC that is helping defend Democrats is Kentucky state House races has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Kentucky Family Values is helping Democrats beat back the GOP’s attempt to take control of the House. And one month before the election, the group reported raising $236,000. It still has $190,000 cash on hand. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:57:21 +0000 20789 at http://wkyufm.org Kentuckians Spending Big on "Off-Site" Wagering http://wkyufm.org/post/kentuckians-spending-big-site-wagering <p>For the first time, the state has official figures on how much money Kentuckians bet online or over the phone on horse races that take place in the commonwealth. State Senator Damon Thayer says about $47 million was wagered in the first half of the year. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:15:05 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio 20713 at http://wkyufm.org Lawmaker Wants to Expand the Availability of EpiPens in Kentucky Schools http://wkyufm.org/post/lawmaker-wants-expand-availability-epipens-kentucky-schools <p>Kentucky State Representative Addia Wuchner is continuing her push to expand the availability of EpiPens in schools. EpiPens are used to reverse the effects of reactions that usually come from insect stings or food allergies. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:00:00 +0000 19943 at http://wkyufm.org Lawmaker Wants to Expand the Availability of EpiPens in Kentucky Schools Special License Designation Available for Kentucky Veterans http://wkyufm.org/post/special-license-designation-available-kentucky-veterans <p>Military veterans who are renewing Kentucky driver's licenses will be able to have a special designation printed on the license. The General Assembly this year authorized the designation, and the required programming for circuit court clerks' offices was finished on Monday. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Associated Press 19786 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Tax Amnesty Program to Start Next Month http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-tax-amnesty-program-start-next-month <p>Kentucky's long-awaited tax amnesty program will get started next month. The program is part of the two-year budget the General Assembly passed earlier this year. And any person or business who owes back taxes will be allowed to participate. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:00:00 +0000 19548 at http://wkyufm.org Republican Legislative Challengers Announce Plans to Change Kentucky Lawmakers' Pensions http://wkyufm.org/post/republican-legislative-challengers-announce-plans-change-kentucky-lawmakers-pensions <p>After years of lawmakers attempting to find solutions to the state’s underfunded pension problems, a group of Republican legislative candidates are hoping to institute a plan of their own. At a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol, the majority of Republican challengers in House and Senate races endorsed a plan to put new lawmakers into a 401k style pension system. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:21:13 +0000 19035 at http://wkyufm.org Start Date for 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session Set http://wkyufm.org/post/start-date-2013-kentucky-legislative-session-set <p>Legislative leaders have approved the calendar for the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The constitutionally set start date is Jan. 8, which always is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the new year. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:53:59 +0000 Associated Press 18700 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky LRC Ordered to Pay Legal Fees of Plantiffs http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lrc-ordered-pay-legal-fees-plantiffs <p>A judge has ruled that the Legislative Research Commission is responsible for legal fees incurred by lawmakers who successfully challenged how legislative districts were redrawn during this year&#39;s Kentucky General Assembly. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:18:42 +0000 Associated Press 17038 at http://wkyufm.org