Rae Hodge http://wkms.org en Gov. Steve Beshear: No Deal on Pension Reform In Sight, Special Session Becomes More Likely http://wkms.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-no-deal-pension-reform-sight-special-session-becomes-more-likely <p></p><p>With no deal and time running out, a special session is becoming more likely for Kentucky lawmakers to reform the underfunded pension programs for state employees, Gov. Steve Beshear said on Tuesday. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:57:59 +0000 Rae Hodge 29210 at http://wkms.org Gov. Steve Beshear: No Deal on Pension Reform In Sight, Special Session Becomes More Likely Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-anti-gambling-group-cost-outweights-benefits <p></p><p>Gambling brings social ills that will offset any tax revenue to Kentucky, argued a new group that rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. About 30 people joined the group Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky for the rally, where speakers dismissed efforts in the General Assembly to expand gambling through casinos or Instant Racing. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:45:11 +0000 Rae Hodge 28973 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-oks-charter-school-bill <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:34:15 +0000 Rae Hodge 28933 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill Senate Passes Bill To Shut Down Legislative Pension System http://wkms.org/post/senate-passes-bill-shut-down-legislative-pension-system <p></p><p>Legislative pension reform is progressing through the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 7 would&nbsp;keep&nbsp;new legislators from participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. It is aimed at preventing the addition of new burdens to Kentucky's pension system, despite the fact that legislator's pensions are generally well-funded.</p><p>Senate President Robert Stivers&nbsp;praised&nbsp;the bipartisan effort&nbsp;in&nbsp;his chamber&nbsp;to solve Kentucky's underfunded pension problem. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:25:17 +0000 Rae Hodge 28669 at http://wkms.org Senate Passes Bill To Shut Down Legislative Pension System Bill Would Prevent Gag Orders Against Juvenile Sexual Assault Victims http://wkms.org/post/bill-would-prevent-gag-orders-against-juvenile-sexual-assault-victims <p>In the wake of the high-profile&nbsp;Savannah Dietrich&nbsp;court case, a bill in the Kentucky House would prevent judges from issuing gag orders against sexual assault victims undergoing trial in juvenile court. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:41:29 +0000 Rae Hodge 28649 at http://wkms.org Most Democratic Kentucky State Senators Lukewarm on Ashley Judd Candidacy http://wkms.org/post/most-democratic-kentucky-state-senators-lukewarm-ashley-judd-candidacy <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201302/Ashley_Judd_during_the_inaugural_opening_ceremonies.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky state Senate Democrats are largely lukewarm about the potential for actress and activist Ashley Judd entering the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.</span><p>Judd's recent activity indicates a real possibility that she'll enter the 2014 race. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:58:49 +0000 Rae Hodge 28642 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Approves Electronic Voting Bill That Requires Snail Mail Returns http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-approves-electronic-voting-bill-requires-snail-mail-returns <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The state Senate has passed a bill that allows Kentucky military personnel to register to vote and receive&nbsp;ballots electronically—but they'll have to use snail mail to send the ballots back.</p><p>The bill's authors wanted to let deployed Kentuckians vote electronically, but State Senate President Robert Stivers doesn't believe that would be safe.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"><em>"If somebody does something to my bank book by electronic means I'll know it," he said."If I &nbsp;happen to get a lesser tax bill or greater tax bill I will know it.&nbsp;Once you cast your ballot, there's no way to know what happened to that ballot."</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:24:14 +0000 Rae Hodge 28601 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Approves Electronic Voting Bill That Requires Snail Mail Returns Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing http://wkms.org/post/gunning-three-bills-fairness-campaign-hopes-least-kentucky-house-hearing <p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, is &nbsp;sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, along with Senate Bill 28, would also make it illegal for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on those grounds. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:53:06 +0000 Rae Hodge 28347 at http://wkms.org Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law http://wkms.org/post/university-bonding-projects-bill-steps-away-becoming-law <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">A bill authorizing&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-bonding-plan-universities-pave-way-construction-renovation-projects" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:initial" target="_blank">more than $360 million in bonds for university projects</a>&nbsp;is just steps away from becoming a reality.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.&nbsp; And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:08:02 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) & Rae Hodge 28107 at http://wkms.org University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law Bill Blocking Groceries from Selling Wine and Liquor Advances to House Floor http://wkms.org/post/bill-blocking-groceries-selling-wine-and-liquor-advances-house-floor <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">A bill that would effectively block grocery stores from selling wine and liquor—and&nbsp;ban wine and liquor sales in new pharmacies—was approved today in a state House committee.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Under the legislation, grocery stores could still sell alcohol from an adjoined structure with a separate entrance.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Current law does not allow people younger than 21 to enter a place which sells wine and package liquor, which has prevented sales in grocery stores in the past. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:32:33 +0000 Rae Hodge 28106 at http://wkms.org Bill Blocking Groceries from Selling Wine and Liquor Advances to House Floor