senate http://wkms.org en McConnell Visits Western Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-visits-western-kentucky <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will spend Monday morning visiting with constituents and later honor prominent Kentucky Senator Alben Barkley. The Senate Minority Leader plans to meet with Murray community leaders at 8:30 AM in the Robert O. Miller Conference Center, then travel to Benton for a 9:50 AM visit at Sugar and Spice Restaurant.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:22:09 +0000 Troy Taylor 41689 at http://wkms.org McConnell Visits Western Kentucky Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation http://wkms.org/post/senate-committee-advances-fix-2012-pill-mill-legislation <p></p><p>A bill addressing issues with 2012's pill mill bill has cleared a state Senate committee, less than a day after it cleared the full House. The bill calls off&nbsp;some regulations of the 2012 House Bill 1, which cracked down on prescription pain clinics and abuse. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:14:32 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28686 at http://wkms.org Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation Judd Seriously Considering Senate Bid http://wkms.org/post/judd-seriously-considering-senate-bid <p></p><p>Kentucky native Ashley Judd says she is taking a close look at running against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:56:32 +0000 John Walker & The Associated Press 27003 at http://wkms.org Judd Seriously Considering Senate Bid Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Rules Out Senate Bid http://wkms.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-rules-out-senate-bid <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he's leaning toward running for a second term, and will not run for the U.S. Senate again. Fischer's first bid for public office was in 2008, when he lost the Democratic Primary to run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:05:45 +0000 Gabe Bullard (KPR) 26413 at http://wkms.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Rules Out Senate Bid Alexander Names Leadership for Third Senate Bid http://wkms.org/post/alexander-names-leadership-third-senate-bid <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has announced the leadership team for his 2014 re-election campaign, dispelling speculation the 72-year-old is nearing retirement. U.S. Rep. John Duncan will serve as Alexander’s campaign chairman. Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are all honorary co-chairs. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:18:56 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25197 at http://wkms.org Alexander Names Leadership for Third Senate Bid McConnell Re-Elected to Lead Senate Republicans http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-re-elected-lead-senate-republicans <p></p><p>Kentucky's U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has been re-elected as leader of that body’s Republicans.&nbsp;Colleagues unanimously chose the Commonwealth’s senior senator yesterday to lead the GOP team.&nbsp; McConnell was nominated by Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:13:23 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 24542 at http://wkms.org McConnell Re-Elected to Lead Senate Republicans TRA Bill Passes House http://wkms.org/post/tra-bill-passes-house <p>Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam&#39;s proposal to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has passed the House today. The companion bill passed the Senate last week. The two chambers must agree to a technical change before the measure goes to the governor. The TRA regulates utilities in the state. The bill would change the agency from a 4 member, full-time board to a 5 member, part-time board with a full-time executive director. Sponsors say the change will save the state at least $350,000 a year.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 20:02:35 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 17819 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Transportation Bill Amended in Senate http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-transportation-bill-amended-senate <p>The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for road construction projects previously vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a planned vote today. Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper cited a &quot;fit of conscience&quot; for his push to put the $50 million in road projects back into the transportation budget. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:07:08 +0000 Drew Adams & The Associated Press 17704 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Transportation Bill Amended in Senate House Tries Second Dropout Bill Compromise http://wkms.org/post/house-tries-second-dropout-bill-compromise <p><font size="2">Kentucky lawmakers are trying again to raise the state&#39;s dropout age.<br /><br /> Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with parents&#39; permission. But lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear have pushed to raise the dropout age to 18, regardless of parental consent.<br /><br /> The latest proposal before the legislature would let local school boards decide &nbsp;whether to adopt the higher dropout age. But once 70 districts opt in, it will become mandatory statewide.<br /> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:11:32 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17389 at http://wkms.org House Tries Second Dropout Bill Compromise Senate Begins Budget Negotiations http://wkms.org/post/senate-begins-budget-negotiations <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s General Assembly session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for the state Senate.&nbsp; The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn&rsquo;t mean his side will be able to act quickly on the plan.&nbsp; Leeper says the Senate will compare three separate budgets: Governor Steve Beshear&rsquo;s original proposal, the House&rsquo;s changed plan and the last two-year budget. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:15:56 +0000 Todd Hatton 17223 at http://wkms.org