2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wkms.org en Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session http://wkms.org/post/who-spent-most-lobbying-kentucky-general-assembly-2014-session <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Kentucky state Capitol" data-attribution="Credit File photo" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201211/KY_State_Capitol.jpg" alt="" /><p>Lobbyists <span style="line-height: 1.5;">spent</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;$8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant </span>Altria<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;led the pack at $156,000,&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:12:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40990 at http://wkms.org Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session New Ky. Law Allows Nurse Practitioners to Prescribe Independently http://wkms.org/post/new-ky-law-allows-nurse-practitioners-prescribe-independently <p>Thanks to legislation <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/SB7.htm">that passed during this year's Kentucky General Assembly</a>, advanced practice registered nurses will be able to prescribe non-narcotic medications to patients without a collaborative prescribing agreement with a doctor.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:32:11 +0000 John Null 40112 at http://wkms.org New Ky. Law Allows Nurse Practitioners to Prescribe Independently Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session http://wkms.org/post/winners-losers-and-lost-causes-general-assemblys-2014-session <p>By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014&nbsp; Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40024 at http://wkms.org Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate http://wkms.org/post/last-minutes-2014-legislative-session-included-nuclear-coal-debate <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky&nbsp;General&nbsp;Assembly session found senators debating nuclear and coal-based power. The discussion occurred&nbsp;during consideration of a bill to help AK Steel, a&nbsp;manufacturer suffering sizable job loss.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13:42 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 39952 at http://wkms.org Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate Statewide Road Plan Approved http://wkms.org/post/statewide-road-plan-approved <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers waited until the last few hours of the 2014 General Assembly session before they approved a statewide road plan.&nbsp; House and Senate members agreed to spend more than $3 billion over the next two years for repair and replacement of the state's roads and bridges.&nbsp; The Senate voted 37- 1 for the measure.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:49:07 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 39926 at http://wkms.org Statewide Road Plan Approved As General Assembly Winds Down, Imes Looks to 2015 for Stalled Legislation http://wkms.org/post/general-assembly-winds-down-imes-looks-2015-stalled-legislation <p>As the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly draws to a close, some western Kentucky lawmakers will have to think about which pieces of stalled legislation they will bring to Frankfort again next year.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:03:07 +0000 John Null 39681 at http://wkms.org As General Assembly Winds Down, Imes Looks to 2015 for Stalled Legislation House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget http://wkms.org/post/house-gives-final-passage-203-billion-state-budget <p></p><p>FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend,&nbsp;the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo praised the Senate for its willingness to compromise with his chamber, and called the process — including the 14-hour closed-door session of budget talks this weekend — “democracy in its purest form.”</p><p>“You saw people of different convictions, different ways to view things," Stumbo said. "It was democracy in its purest form. But it worked. And that’s what made, to me, all these years here worth spending.” Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:07:42 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39606 at http://wkms.org House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass http://wkms.org/post/ky-felon-voter-restoration-unlikely-pass <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.</p><p>Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:27:59 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39595 at http://wkms.org Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass ACA, Cancer Screenings, Mine Inspections and Rupp Arena in the Budget http://wkms.org/post/aca-cancer-screenings-mine-inspections-and-rupp-arena-budget <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Provisions to block state money from being used on Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act will remain in the budget agreement reached over the weekend by state lawmakers. Sparring between House Democrats and Senate Republicans over the ACA dominated negotiations.</p><p>The ACA covers the costs of implementation through 2017, after which the tab will be split with the state.</p><p>Now, Senate President Robert Stivers says lawmakers will send the governor a budget that blocks general funds from going toward the state's health insurance exchange, Kynect, and the expansion of Medicaid. Stivers acknowledges that much of the heated debate over the ACA was "political theater." Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:32:33 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39574 at http://wkms.org ACA, Cancer Screenings, Mine Inspections and Rupp Arena in the Budget Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure http://wkms.org/post/senate-acts-public-private-partnership-measure <p></p><p>A bill that would permit private corporations to partner with government to finance infrastructure projects is one step closer to becoming law.<br /><br />House Bill 407 filed by Rep. Leslie Combs passed the chamber by a 27-9 vote, and includes an amendment that would prohibit tolls from being used to fund the controversial Brent Spence bridge in Northern Kentucky.<br /><br />Democratic Sen. Perry Clark voted against the bill, citing a Brookings Institute study that says public private partnerships, or “P3’s,” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:30:11 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39534 at http://wkms.org Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure