General Assembly http://wkms.org en Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-say-medical-marijuana-kentucky-inevitability <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Wednesday, Kentucky lawmakers once again considered legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal use.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health &amp; Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:59:02 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41406 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education http://wkms.org/post/beshear-budget-will-be-balanced-and-wont-affect-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent state revenue receipts show that Kentucky’s real income is falling short of projections and will lead to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lower-than-predicted coal severance taxes, property taxes, road fund receipts and more have the state facing a nearly $28 million shortfall by the end of the fiscal year.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:35:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41275 at http://wkms.org Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education Kentucky to Raise Gas Tax in July http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-raise-gas-tax-july <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentuckians can expect to pay a bit more at the pump this summer, due, in part, to </span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/gas-tax-rise" style="line-height: 1.5;">a rise in the state gas tax</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Starting July first, gasoline prices will have an extra 2.4 cents tagged on, accounting for a total of a more than 32-cent tax.</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:45:59 +0000 Austin Ramsey 31885 at http://wkms.org Kentucky to Raise Gas Tax in July Many for-profit colleges excluded from KY law http://wkms.org/post/many-profit-colleges-excluded-ky-law <p>Kentucky lawmakers say new legislation that created an oversight agency aimed at protecting students of for-profit colleges doesn't apply to many of the schools.&nbsp; State Representatives Dennis Keene and Carl Rollins say they thought the law would apply to at least some programs at all for-profit colleges. They say they want to bring the legislation up again at the next General Assembly.&nbsp; Keene says they worked with college representatives on the legislation and they think the issue was mistakenly overlooked. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:19:53 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 22165 at http://wkms.org Many for-profit colleges excluded from KY law Lawmaker Seeks to End Legislators' Pensions http://wkms.org/post/lawmaker-seeks-end-legislators-pensions <p><font size="2">A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is attempting to end the pension program for legislators.<br><br> State Representative David Floyd says Kentucky’s part-time lawmakers shouldn't get pensions. But currently they do, and some lawmakers are able to fatten their pensions by taking higher-paying jobs elsewhere in government, then collecting a pension for the higher salary after they retire.<br> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:40:29 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 21744 at http://wkms.org Winters to Retire from Kentucky Senate http://wkms.org/post/winters-retire-kentucky-senate <p>1<sup>st</sup> District State Senator Ken Winters finished his last regular session of his legislative career last month. Winters is a lifelong educator and has served as a Dean of the College of Industry and Technology&nbsp; at Murray State and President of Campbellsville University.&nbsp;&nbsp; He&rsquo;s spent 8 years in the Kentucky Senate making significant headway in the commonwealth&rsquo;s education policy.&nbsp; He joins Chad Lampe to talk this past session and his legacy in the Kentucky Legislature.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 20:09:48 +0000 Chad Lampe 17865 at http://wkms.org Winters to Retire from Kentucky Senate Lawmakers Head into Final Legislative Week http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-head-final-legislative-week <p>The last full week of this year&#39;s legislative session in Kentucky began yesterday with negotiations over the state budget. House and Senate leaders started talks yesterday morning, breaking only for committee and floor duties, and continued negotiations well into the night. Both chambers have approved slightly different versions of the state budget for the next two years. Lawmakers are now reviewing those differences line by line, looking for potential compromises. The General Assembly has until late Wednesday to hatch a compromise. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:40:08 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17379 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Head into Final Legislative Week