Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo http://wkms.org en Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care" http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-state-defunding-wont-kill-beshear-care <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39615 at http://wkms.org Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care" Kentucky House to Vote on Road Construction Plan Today http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-vote-road-construction-plan-today <p>The leader of the Kentucky House expects to see a slimmed-down road construction budget come before his members.&nbsp; The full house is expected to vote on the plan this afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>Kentucky House Speaker&nbsp;Greg Stumbo says the six year plan, which outlines construction schedules and costs, is over programmed by a billion dollars.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:24:42 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 39318 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House to Vote on Road Construction Plan Today Right To Work Legislation Introduced in Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/right-work-legislation-introduced-kentucky <p style="margin-bottom: 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 Kentucky House’s top-ranking Republican has introduced a right-to-work bill in his chamber.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 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 measure, workers would not be required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. House GOP Floor Leader Jeff Hoover says such a law would create jobs.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:35:27 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39033 at http://wkms.org Right To Work Legislation Introduced in Kentucky Inaugural House Session Hijacked by Arnold Committee Fallout http://wkms.org/post/inaugural-house-session-hijacked-arnold-committee-fallout <p>The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.</p><p>Members of the panel took turns speaking on the House floor, with Republican members saying that the committee had failed by not fully investigating the claims against Rep. John Arnold.&nbsp; The panel disbanded after Arnold resigned. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:18:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37867 at http://wkms.org Inaugural House Session Hijacked by Arnold Committee Fallout Stumbo: Fully Funding 2015 Spending Priorities Could Exceed $800 Million http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-fully-funding-2015-spending-priorities-could-exceed-800-million <p>Kentucky’s budget priorities for 2015 could require nearly $1 billion in revenue that the state&nbsp;doesn’t have. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders earlier this month that the cost of&nbsp;funding priority issues like education, public employee raises and more could total an estimated $800 million.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>"It would probably be more of a number like seven to eight-hundred million, some would argue larger than that," says Stumbo. "It just depends upon how big a bite of the apple you want to take, but I don't think we can do that."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stumbo</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says that</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:43:33 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37565 at http://wkms.org Stumbo: Fully Funding 2015 Spending Priorities Could Exceed $800 Million Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-leaning-towards-medical-marijuana-legalization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.</span></p><p>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:15 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35186 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization Kentucky House Speaker Turns Over Memos To Police Amidst Shredding Allegations http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-turns-over-memos-police-amidst-shredding-allegations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has&nbsp;given the Kentucky State Police&nbsp;memos regarding documents shredded by the former head of the Legislative Research Commission. </span></p><p>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> provided the documents to legislative security specialist Rick </span>Devers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> along with a request for state police to take whatever action is deemed appropriate.&nbsp;House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover asked for an investigation after former </span>LRC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Director Bobby Sherman returned to his office with other staffers&nbsp;on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One of the staffers, Deputy Director Robert Jenkins, said the documents that were destroyed were either duplicates or were of a personal nature, including junk mail, mortgage papers and salary comparisons for LRC.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:28:58 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35185 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Speaker Turns Over Memos To Police Amidst Shredding Allegations Stumbo: Make High Earning Pensioners Pay More to Help Fund System http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-make-high-earning-pensioners-pay-more-help-fund-system <p></p><p>State employees with higher pensions should pay more to help the underfunded systems recover, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview.<br><br>One thing Stumbo doesn't want to see is lawmakers floating bonds to help pay for the state’s underfunded pensions. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24787 at http://wkms.org Stumbo: Make High Earning Pensioners Pay More to Help Fund System 10th District House Candidate Admits Email Mistake http://wkms.org/post/10th-district-house-candidate-admits-email-mistake <p>A 10th District House seat candidate says he made a mistake asking the Earlington city clerk to send an email regarding his campaign rally. Earlington mayor Mike Seiber tells The Madisonville Messenger he inadvertently asked her to send the message, which was about his upcoming political rally featuring House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Sieber says he realized his mistake the next day when he received a forwarded copy of the original email carrying the clerk’s email address. Seiber is a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent Ben Waide.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:30:07 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 22682 at http://wkms.org 10th District House Candidate Admits Email Mistake Ky. Republicans Ramp Up Campaign to Take Over House http://wkms.org/post/ky-republicans-ramp-campaign-take-over-house <p><font size="2">Kentucky Republicans are ramping up their campaign to take control of the state house in this year&#39;s elections.<br /><br /> The GOP has latched on to House Speaker Greg Stumbo&#39;s declaration that he will vote for President Barack Obama this fall.</font><br /> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:06:52 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 20512 at http://wkms.org Ky. Republicans Ramp Up Campaign to Take Over House