Kentucky Senate http://wkms.org en Absentee Ballots Now Accepted in Most KY Counties http://wkms.org/post/absentee-ballots-now-accepted-most-ky-counties <p>Most Kentucky counties are now accepting absentee ballots for the upcoming May primary. Those unable to make it to the polls in person may vote in this manner. Citizens can mail in or deliver their ballot to their local clerk’s office.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:49:39 +0000 Parker Franklin 40241 at http://wkms.org Absentee Ballots Now Accepted in Most KY Counties State Senator Clark Says Proposed Heroin Legislation is "A Bad Bill" http://wkms.org/post/state-senator-clark-says-proposed-heroin-legislation-bad-bill <p>A Kentucky lawmaker is taking issue with proposed legislation aimed at tackling the state’s growing heroin problem.&nbsp;</p><p>Legislation from Republican Senator Katie Stine would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and punish dealers by reclassifying overdose deaths as criminal homicide when there is sufficient evidence.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:44:58 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37089 at http://wkms.org State Senator Clark Says Proposed Heroin Legislation is "A Bad Bill" Kentucky Senators Expect 2014 Budget To Be A Difficult One http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senators-expect-2014-budget-be-difficult-one <p>In just over four months lawmakers will be back in Frankfort for a full 60 day session.&nbsp;&nbsp;This winter, legislators must approve a new two year budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;While the state finished last year with a budget surplus, Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Bob Leeper doesn’t anticipate any big increase in state revenue.&nbsp;&nbsp;So, Leeper says building a budget will remain difficult.</p><p>“There’s so many factors that are affecting us, what’s happening in the eastern Kentucky coal fields, loss of jobs there, loss of income for people to go out and buy goods.&nbsp;&nbsp;There’s any number of issues going on worldwide, nationwide that we can’t control,” said Leeper.</p><p>House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand sounds a similar tone.&nbsp;&nbsp;He said the growth predicted by state experts is not as “robust” as they had hoped.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:08:04 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 34325 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senators Expect 2014 Budget To Be A Difficult One Senators-elect Westerfield, Humphries Named Senate Committee Chairs http://wkms.org/post/senators-elect-westerfield-humphries-named-senate-committee-chairs <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 Republican Kentucky Senate has completed its shake-up, after announcing new committee chairs today. Among the appointees, the caucus named Senator-elect Whitney Westerfield, of Hopkinsville, chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator-elect Stan Humphries, of Cadiz, chair of the Capital Planning Advisory Board. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 21:28:03 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) & Angela Hatton 25443 at http://wkms.org Senators-elect Westerfield, Humphries Named Senate Committee Chairs Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination http://wkms.org/post/leeper-not-suprised-he-was-passed-over-senate-president-nomination <p></p><p>Independent state Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah says he knew his failed bid for the senate presidency was a long shot, but he wanted to give senate members a choice.&nbsp; He says his lack of party affiliation likely factored into his failed nomination. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:11:57 +0000 Shelly Baskin 25041 at http://wkms.org Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination Ky. Senate Republican Leaders to Caucus on Next Senate President http://wkms.org/post/ky-senate-republican-leaders-caucus-next-senate-president <p></p><p>Senate Republican leaders meet next week to caucus on Kentucky's next Senate president. The Courier-Journal reports the GOP meet Tuesday to vote on who they support in the role: Republican Sen. Robert Stivers, who has served as floor leader for the past four years, or Independent Sen. Bob Leeper, who has served as Senate budget committee chairman. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:47:59 +0000 Angela Hatton & The Associated Press 24853 at http://wkms.org Ky. Senate Republican Leaders to Caucus on Next Senate President Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President http://wkms.org/post/bob-leeper-independent-makes-case-be-next-kentucky-senate-president <p><br><font size="2">Kentucky’'s lone <font size="2">I</font>ndependent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president.<br><br>Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.<br><br>Now, he'’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.<br> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24786 at http://wkms.org Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure http://wkms.org/post/katie-stine-selected-legislative-co-chair-eve-david-williams-departure <p><font size="2">Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.&nbsp; Williams will resign Friday to take a circuit court judgeship, which leads to a vacancy in the Legislative Research Commission.<font size="2"> </font>No decision was made on a permanent leader for state Senate.</font> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:43:15 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23991 at http://wkms.org Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure Stivers has Support for Senate Presidency http://wkms.org/post/stivers-has-support-senate-presidency <p>Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers is getting plenty of vocal support to succeed David Williams as Senate president. This comes days after Williams said he was resigning to take a circuit judge position.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:56:35 +0000 The Associated Press 23822 at http://wkms.org Stivers has Support for Senate Presidency Williams Nominated for State Judgeship http://wkms.org/post/williams-nominated-state-judgeship <p><span style="font-size: small; ">Kentucky Senate President David Williams is one step closer to leaving the state legislature.</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: small; ">Williams is one of three people nominated by a judicial commission to fill the </span>40th<span style="font-size: small; "> Circuit opening. Angela </span>Capps<span style="font-size: small; "> and Stephen Hurt are the other two people nominated.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:51:11 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23714 at http://wkms.org Williams Nominated for State Judgeship