robert stivers http://wkms.org en Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill http://wkms.org/post/clock-runs-out-house-pass-heroin-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A high-profile measure that would enact tougher heroin laws in Kentucky failed to gain traction in the state House in the waning moments of this year's legislative session.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39925 at http://wkms.org Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill Kentucky Senate President Wants to Shorten the General Assembly Calendar by a Third http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-president-wants-shorten-general-assembly-calendar-third <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The leader of the Kentucky Senate would like to see future General Assembly calendars shortened by a third over a two year period.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Robert Stivers' bill, which won committee approval today, calls for the legislature to meet each January for five days.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:23 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 39219 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate President Wants to Shorten the General Assembly Calendar by a Third Kentucky's Senate Republicans File Amendment to Curb Governor's Power http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-senate-republicans-file-amendment-curb-governors-power <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;">&nbsp;</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;">Democratic Governor Steve Beshear created Kentucky’s health exchange and expanded Medicaid without legislative approval, but if Senate Republicans have their way, the governor will not have that luxury in the future.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:36:16 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38302 at http://wkms.org Kentucky's Senate Republicans File Amendment to Curb Governor's Power Domestic Violence Bill Passes Out of Committee http://wkms.org/post/domestic-violence-bill-passes-out-committee <p>A bill filed that would expand domestic violence protection for unmarried couples in Kentucky has cleared committee and is headed for a vote before the full state House.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:54:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37921 at http://wkms.org Domestic Violence Bill Passes Out of Committee Local Option Sales Tax Presents Dilemma for Ky. Republican Lawmakers http://wkms.org/post/local-option-sales-tax-presents-dilemma-ky-republican-lawmakers <p>An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.</p><p>Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is backing the proposal, which would allow public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects. But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.</p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37710 at http://wkms.org Local Option Sales Tax Presents Dilemma for Ky. Republican Lawmakers 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 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 KY Lawmakers Wrestle with Redistricting http://wkms.org/post/ky-lawmakers-wrestle-redistricting <p></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues. Incoming Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says there’s no rushed to redraw legislative boundaries because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after the session convenes Jan. 8. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:05:30 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26241 at http://wkms.org KY Lawmakers Wrestle with Redistricting Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination http://wkms.org/post/leeper-not-suprised-he-was-passed-over-senate-president-nomination <p></p><p>Independent state Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah says he knew his failed bid for the senate presidency was a long shot, but he wanted to give senate members a choice.&nbsp; He says his lack of party affiliation likely factored into his failed nomination. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:11:57 +0000 Shelly Baskin 25041 at http://wkms.org Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President http://wkms.org/post/gop-nominates-stivers-senate-president <p></p><p>The State Senate Republican Caucus has officially nominated Senator Robert Stivers for Senate president. Stivers’ new role won’t be official until it’s voted on by the full chamber in early January. But the GOP holds a 24-14 advantage, meaning Stivers is all but certain to succeed former Senate President David Williams. Williams left the Senate to take a position as a circuit judge.<br><br>Independent Senator Bob Leeper also ran for the presidency in the GOP caucus. And even though he challenged Stivers, the soon-to-be president says he won’t strip Leeper of his budget committee chairmanship. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:58:39 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24991 at http://wkms.org GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President