Legislature http://wkms.org en Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature http://wkms.org/post/illinois-tuition-waiver-oversight-moves-legislature <p>An Illinois Senate education committee has approved a measure to end the controversial legislative scholarship program. The measure creates a task force to study all state university tuition waivers. The existing program allows lawmakers to award two students in their district a four-year tuition waiver to a state university. The measure came under fire after reports that lawmakers have given awards to relatives, children of political allies or students outside their district.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 21:07:31 +0000 Drew Adams 17834 at http://wkms.org Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature Lawmakers Still Have Much to Accomplish in Session http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-still-have-much-accomplish-session <p>As the 2012 legislative session winds down, lawmakers aren&rsquo;t touting a long list of accomplishments.&nbsp; They say that&rsquo;s not due to a lack of work, but mainly a lack of extra money to fund new programs or expand others.&nbsp; Instead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the main highlights will be a three-bill attack on Kentucky&rsquo;s drug abuse problems and passing general and road budgets before the end of the session.&nbsp; In recent years, lawmakers haven&rsquo;t even been able to pass budgets on time. So Stumbo says this year is a return to normal. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:54:07 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17367 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Still Have Much to Accomplish in Session House Republicans Attacking New Environmental Regulations http://wkms.org/post/house-republicans-attacking-new-environmental-regulations <p>U.S. House Republicans are again attacking new environmental regulations that limit the amount of mercury and other pollution power plants can emit. The new rules were the subject of a House subcommittee meeting today. The hearing, led by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, essentially can be summarized like this: Republicans question all of the data released by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the cost of the regulations and their effect on the economy. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:53:35 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 16848 at http://wkms.org