2012 Kentucky General Assembly http://wkms.org en New Kentucky Laws Take Effect Thursday http://wkms.org/post/new-kentucky-laws-take-effect-thursday <p>A long list of new laws are set to take effect in Kentucky this week, including one that will allow the state to offer extra tax incentives to encourage automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers to expand production in the state. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:49:31 +0000 AP 18943 at http://wkms.org New Kentucky Laws Take Effect Thursday Williams Says Governor's Actions Will Not Extend Special Session http://wkms.org/post/williams-says-governors-actions-will-not-extend-special-session <p><font>Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear&rsquo;s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.<br /><br /> Governor Steve Beshear has changed the two-year road plan to give projects in Williams&rsquo;s district a lower priority. Those were the only modifications the governor made.<br /> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:19:06 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17687 at http://wkms.org Williams Says Governor's Actions Will Not Extend Special Session Afternoon Round-Up 4/16/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-41612 <p><strong>Today on NPR: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/16/150728786/key-players-in-federal-agencys-vegas-scandal-due-at-hearing">What happens in Vegas... gets you fired</a>. </strong></p><p>At a sometimes heated hearing today where members of the House got to express outrage about the excessive and wasteful spending by officials from the General Services Administration during a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the man at the center of the scandal refused to testify.</p><p>And now... news from the Four Rivers Region:</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:46:17 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17652 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 4/16/12 Kentucky General Assembly Begins Special Session http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-general-assembly-begins-special-session <p><font size="2">Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it&#39;s not clear how long they&#39;ll remain in Frankfort to finish their work.<br /><br /> The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan.<br /><br /> Neither measure cleared the General Assembly during the regular session this year. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber will work quickly to pass the bills.<br /> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:55:49 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17648 at http://wkms.org Kentucky General Assembly Begins Special Session Williams Says Beshear Should Tone Down Rhetoric http://wkms.org/post/williams-says-beshear-should-tone-down-rhetoric <p><font size="2">Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session.<br /><br /> The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn&#39;t pass two of the session&#39;s critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state&#39;s road plan and one that would place further limitations on prescription drugs.<br /> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:03:40 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17631 at http://wkms.org Williams Says Beshear Should Tone Down Rhetoric Beshear Continues to Blame Williams for Need of Special Session http://wkms.org/post/beshear-continues-blame-williams-need-special-session <p><font size="2">A blame game over important legislation is turning into a full-blown repeat of last year&#39;s gubernatorial election.<br /><br /> Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down on Kentucky&#39;s prescription drug abuse died in the final minutes of the session, and even though lawmakers passed a road plan, they neglected to pass the bill that funds the projects.<br /> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:27:14 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17628 at http://wkms.org Beshear Continues to Blame Williams for Need of Special Session KY Lawmakers still without agreement on road budget http://wkms.org/post/ky-lawmakers-still-without-agreement-road-budget <p>Kentucky lawmakers still haven&#39;t reached an accord on appropriations in the state&#39;s transportation budget.&nbsp; State Representative Sannie Overly says House and Senate lawmakers remain far apart on proposed construction projects to be included in a six-year, $10 billion road plan.&nbsp; Legislators are scheduled to reconvene Thursday for the final day of this year&#39;s legislative session.&nbsp; This only allows two more days for negotiators to work out differences in the competing proposals offered by the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate.&nbsp; Overly is Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:57:39 +0000 Todd Hatton & the associated press 17579 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 4/9/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-4912 <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong> <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/09/150292381/facebook-is-buying-instagram">Facebook is Buying Instagram</a> (Somewhere in Portland a hipster is quietly sobbing into his can of PBR)</p><p>And now the news from around our region:</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:39:29 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17574 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 4/9/12 Governor Beshear Signing Bills Passed in General Assembly http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-signing-bills-passed-general-assembly <p><font>Governor Steve Beshear has signed more bills that passed the General Assembly this session.<br /><br /> Lawmakers will return to Frankfort Thursday to try and override any potential vetoes, but so far, the governor hasn&rsquo;t vetoed anything. He has, however, approved more than a dozen bills since lawmakers left Frankfort late last month.<br /> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:19:07 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17572 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Signing Bills Passed in General Assembly Charter School Legislation Waits Another Year http://wkms.org/post/charter-school-legislation-waits-another-year <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">When the current Kentucky legislative session ends this week, many issues will be left on the table for future years.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); " /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); " /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans- Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:41:02 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17568 at http://wkms.org Charter School Legislation Waits Another Year