General Assembly

Kentucky's Next Budget
10:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Predicts Easy Compromise on Budget Plan

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's. Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn’t have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
8:18 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky House and Senate Must Now Find Compromise Budget Plan

After hours of closed-door meetings, the Kentucky Senate approved budgets for the three branches of state government Thursday night. The House previously approved its own versions of the budgets. The Senate kept the House's legislative plan intact but modified the executive and judicial budgets. The two chambers must now form a conference committee to work out the differences.

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Audit to be Completed Early Next Year
4:08 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Lawmakers Continue Taking Medicaid MCOs to Task for Not Fixing Problems

Kentucky lawmakers continue to chastise three of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care organizations for mismanagement. Representatives of Kentucky Spirit, Wellcare of Kentucky and Coventry Cares appeared before the program review committee today. Legislators wanted to know whether they had solved problems brought up by health care providers in a January committee meeting.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Widening I-65 Near Bowling Green Included in Road Plan Passed by Committee

The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth. The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget Thursday afternoon. The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear’s big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway.

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Bill Would Reduce Cost of Some Elections
4:01 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Bill Reducing Costs for Special Elections Clears State Senate

Lawmakers in both chambers have passed a bill aimed at reducing the cost of uncontested special legislative elections. Kentucky House lawmakers passed the measure weeks ago, while it passed the Senate Wednesday.

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Economy
1:54 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Full House to Hear Bill on Unemployment Insurance Taxes

A compromise to help employers avoid high federal unemployment insurance taxes has easily cleared a House committee. The proposal would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a bank or other organization to repay federal loans. Kentucky borrowed nearly one billion dollars from the federal government to pay for unemployment insurance during the recession.

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Health
1:50 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Kentucky Smoking Ban Passes Committee, but Future is Unclear

A proposal for a Kentucky statewide smoking ban has cleared its first hurdle. The House Health and Welfare committee passed the bill today. The measure was expected to pass easily, but a few Republicans did vote against the measure because of concern for individual property rights.

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Politics
8:24 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Statewide Smoking Ban Could Get Committee Vote Tuesday

After being delayed twice, a House committee is prepared to finally vote on a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky. The House Health and Welfare committee has been plagued by absences. Without a quorum, it could not vote on the smoking ban bill.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
9:41 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Kentucky Senate to Take Two More Weeks on Budget

The legislative session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for Kentucky’s Senate. The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn’t mean the Senate will be able to act quickly on the plan.

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Politics
9:38 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Stumbo Supports Plan to Change How Kentucky Handles Redistricting

A change in the way lawmakers draw redistricting lines is likely to end up in front of voters this fall. Senate Bill 18 would give legislators more direction in how to split counties during  redistricting, as well as require them to follow federal law. It would throw decades of past state precedent out the window.

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