Greg Stumbo http://wkms.org en Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature http://wkms.org/post/public-school-teachers-mulling-pension-lawsuit-against-legislature <p>A group of Louisville teachers are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against the governor and leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly, claiming they violated the state's contract with teachers by deliberately underfunding teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:09:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40500 at http://wkms.org Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-oks-bill-allowing-rand-paul-run-president-and-us-senate-same-time <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;">A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:29:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39328 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Take Up Medical Malpractice Issue http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-urged-take-medical-malpractice-issue <p>Kentucky&nbsp;lawmakers are being urged by a coalition of powerful health care and business groups to revamp the state's medical malpractice system.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:54:28 +0000 The Associated Press 38257 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Take Up Medical Malpractice Issue Lawmakers May Not Fight Court Ruling on Liquor Ban in Grocery Stores http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-may-not-fight-court-ruling-liquor-ban-grocery-stores <p></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers may seek a legislative solution to the dispute over whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell liquor and wine.</p><p>The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling that allowed wine and liquor to be sold in grocery stores and gas stations across the commonwealth. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:05:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38063 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers May Not Fight Court Ruling on Liquor Ban in Grocery Stores Ky. LRC Approves Audit Contract with National Conference of State Legislatures Despite High Cost http://wkms.org/post/ky-lrc-approves-audit-contract-national-conference-state-legislatures-despite-high-cost <p>Kentucky lawmakers have approved an internal audit of the state’s largest bureaucracy. The bipartisan National Conference of States Legislatures has been selected to audit the state Legislative Research Commission in the wake of scandal.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:05:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37275 at http://wkms.org Ky. LRC Approves Audit Contract with National Conference of State Legislatures Despite High Cost Stumbo on House District 7 Special Election Fallout http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-house-district-7-special-election-fallout <p></p><p>Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn't think this week's Republican victory in a special election is a sign of waning Democratic power in the chamber.</p><p>Republican Suzanne Miles bested Democratic challenger Kim Humphrey by about a hundred votes in a special election to fill a vacancy in West Kentucky’s 7th District. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:05:32 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37274 at http://wkms.org Stumbo on House District 7 Special Election Fallout Investigative Kentucky House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options http://wkms.org/post/investigative-kentucky-house-committee-meets-john-arnold-case-despite-limited-options <p></p><p>A special Kentucky House committee has begun the job of investigating sexual harassment claims against Rep. John Arnold.</p><p>The committee was formed earlier this month after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a petition of censure or expulsion against Arnold. But now that Arnold is no longer a member of the legislature, the committee is limited in its options should its investigation find Arnold guilty.</p><p>Stumbo said that he believes the Kentucky&nbsp;constitution&nbsp;will permit the House to vote in favor of fining Arnold despite his resignation should he be found guilty. Rep. Arnold Simpson, a Democrat from Covington, said the amount of the fine should be used to offset the costs of the investigation. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:01:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 34950 at http://wkms.org Investigative Kentucky House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options House Speaker Hears Only Silence Over Proposed Tax Reforms http://wkms.org/post/house-speaker-hears-only-silence-over-proposed-tax-reforms <p>In just over a month, lawmakers are back in Frankfort for a special session on new boundaries for Kentucky’s legislative districts.&nbsp; But, there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.</p><p>It’s often called real tax reform or comprehensive tax reform. And it’s been on Frankfort’s radar screen for years. Despite numerous proposals, no substantial change in tax policy has come under serious consideration at the statehouse. Gov. Beshear says Kentucky needs a ‘modern tax system’ responsive to a 21st century economy.&nbsp; But, he admits, politicians would rather avoid the topic.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:34:50 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 33090 at http://wkms.org House Speaker Hears Only Silence Over Proposed Tax Reforms Time Running Out for Kentucky General Assembly to Pass Priority Bills http://wkms.org/post/time-running-out-kentucky-general-assembly-pass-priority-bills <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">As the 2013 legislative&nbsp;session winds down, the top priorities for each chamber are still stuck in the process and not yet law. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:24:48 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28813 at http://wkms.org Time Running Out for Kentucky General Assembly to Pass Priority Bills Legislative Leaders Say They Don't Favor Local Option Sales Tax http://wkms.org/post/legislative-leaders-say-they-dont-favor-local-option-sales-tax <p></p><p>Kentucky's top two legislative leaders say the local option sales tax isn't likely to come up this year. The local option would allow cities and counties to put temporary sales tax increases to a public vote. It would typically be used to pay for infrastructure projects.</p><p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are the major forces behind the option, and a bill amending the state Constitution to allow it has been filed in the Senate. But Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber doesn't want to put more tax burdens on individuals. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:43:11 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27890 at http://wkms.org Legislative Leaders Say They Don't Favor Local Option Sales Tax