2013 General Assembly http://wkms.org en Governor Says Pension Talks Continue http://wkms.org/post/governor-says-pension-talks-continue <p></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;">State leaders are still working to find solutions to the Kentucky's&nbsp;<font color="#0c4ca2">troubled pension s</font><font color="#0c4ca2">ystem</font>—but he's not promising a deal the time the General Assembly regular session ends next week, Gov. Steve Beshear said on Monday.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 29434 at http://wkms.org Governor Says Pension Talks Continue TN Democrats Decry School Voucher Ad Buy http://wkms.org/post/tn-democrats-decry-school-voucher-ad-buy <p></p><p>The Tennessee Democratic Party is crying foul as advocacy groups begin running TV spots promoting school vouchers. The ads target certain lawmakers without mentioning specific legislation. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:13:17 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 28873 at http://wkms.org TN Democrats Decry School Voucher Ad Buy Gooch Sponsors Power Entity Merger Bill http://wkms.org/post/gooch-sponsors-power-entity-merger-bill <p></p><p>Representative Jim Gooch of Providence is sponsoring a bill in Kentucky’s General Assembly that would force a merger of Kentucky's two power generation and distribution entities. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:01:53 +0000 John Walker 28434 at http://wkms.org Gooch Sponsors Power Entity Merger Bill House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions http://wkms.org/post/house-leaders-considering-instant-racing-legalization-help-pay-pensions <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">Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:14:06 +0000 Kenny Colston 28123 at http://wkms.org House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-state-senate-passes-hemp-bill <p></p><p>The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:02:39 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28101 at http://wkms.org Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill KY Legislators Want Big Rivers And Smeltors To Find Middle Ground http://wkms.org/post/ky-legislators-want-big-rivers-and-smeltors-find-middle-ground <p></p><p>A legislative panel has postponed its vote on a bill that would allow two aluminum smelters in western Kentucky to purchase electricity on the open market. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:44:43 +0000 John Walker 28085 at http://wkms.org KY Legislators Want Big Rivers And Smeltors To Find Middle Ground General Assembly Moves to Approve University Upgrades http://wkms.org/post/general-assembly-moves-approve-university-upgrades <p></p><p style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); 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;">Renovations to the University of Kentucky's football stadium and the University of Louisville are among the projects that will benefit from a bipartisan General Assembly agreement is allowing state universities to use their own ability to issue bonds for capital projects.</p><p style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); 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;"> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:11:02 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26636 at http://wkms.org General Assembly Moves to Approve University Upgrades KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session http://wkms.org/post/kprs-colston-sets-2013-kentucky-legislative-session <p>Pension reform, updating liquor laws, expanded gaming, a state-wide smoking ban and legalizing the production of industrial hemp are just a few issues Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston thinks will be on the agenda for this year's legislative session in Frankfort. Colston speaks with Chad Lampe about the details surrounding some of those issues and who will fill&nbsp; retiring Sen. Ken Winters's (R-Murray) seat on the senate education committee. Plus, hear if there are any hard feeling between&nbsp; Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) and Senate President-elect Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) after his failed attempt at seeking the top post in the Senate.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:58:11 +0000 Chad Lampe 26416 at http://wkms.org KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session