Kentucky House http://wkms.org en Kentucky Reshapes Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-reshapes-services-autism-spectrum-disorder <p>Legislation passed last Friday in the Kentucky House of Representatives codifies a new Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. We learn more about this Council and how it reshapes services to ASD individuals with the Medical Director of the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Dr. Allen Brenzel, a Lexington Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist. Kate Lochte opens the discussion by asking how this council differs from its predecessor, created during the administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2005.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:42:07 +0000 Kate Lochte 38958 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Reshapes Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe http://wkms.org/post/ky-panel-may-broaden-sexual-harassment-probe <p></p><p></p><p>A select committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker will consider sending letters to all legislative staffers inviting them to come forward with grievances.</p><p>Members of the panel will vote on that proposal from Republican state Representative Robert Benvenuti next Wednesday. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:36:11 +0000 The Associated Press 35596 at http://wkms.org KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe Bill That Could Erase Some Lower Felonies Moves to Senate http://wkms.org/post/bill-could-erase-some-lower-felonies-moves-senate <p></p><p>The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would allow people convicted of low-level felonies to apply to remove them from their criminal records. The Monday vote was 78-19. The proposal would allow people to expunge felonies that carry sentences of one to five years in prison. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:39:31 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27947 at http://wkms.org Bill That Could Erase Some Lower Felonies Moves to Senate KY House Candidate Imes: a Constitutional Republican http://wkms.org/post/ky-house-candidate-imes-constitutional-republican <p>5th District Candidate for Kentucky&#39;s House of Representatives Kenny Imes spoke last night at the opening of the Calloway County Republican Party headquarters. Imes previously served 4 terms as a state representative from 1972 to 79- during which time he switched parties to join the GOP. He says that the switch was due to a change in the parties&rsquo; platforms, and that he has always held a strong constitutional stance when it comes to establishing his platform.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:57:44 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20746 at http://wkms.org KY House Candidate Imes: a Constitutional Republican House Budget Committee Passes Road Plan http://wkms.org/post/house-budget-committee-passes-road-plan <p>The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth.<br /><br />The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet&#39;s operating budget today.<br /><br />The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear&#39;s big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway.<br /><br />Bill sponsor Sannie Overly didn&#39;t offer specific details about the committee&#39;s changes to the measures, but says there are some.<br /> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:11:37 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17267 at http://wkms.org Report Urges Policymakers to Consider Long-Term Sustainability of Coal Severance Fund http://wkms.org/post/report-urges-policymakers-consider-long-term-sustainability-coal-severance-fund <p>State lawmakers are considering a bill that would designate some coal severance tax money to scholarships for coalfields residents; the measure has already passed the House. But a report by a non-profit group warns that Kentucky needs to think about the long-term future of the state&rsquo;s coal severance fund. Coal producers pay a tax of four and a half percent value of coal that&rsquo;s sold into the state&rsquo;s coal severance fund. Half of that money goes to Kentucky&rsquo;s general fund, and the other half goes to various programs in coal-producing counties. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:56:23 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 17255 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 3/13/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-31312 <p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is opposing <a href="http://wkms.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/nixon-opposes-blind-healthcare-cuts">budget cuts to a health care program for the blind</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Kentucky Politics:</strong></p><p>The Kentucky House has passed a measure giving <a href="http://wkms.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/house-passes-concealed-weapons-prosecutors">retired prosecutors special privileges to carry concealed weapons</a> anywhere in the Commonwealth.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:33:12 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 17248 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 3/13/12 Bill Allows Reflective Tape for Amish Vehicles http://wkms.org/post/bill-allows-reflective-tape-amish-vehicles <p>A bill that would allow slow-moving vehicles to use reflective tape instead of an orange triangle is moving through the House. The triangles have become an issue in Kentucky&rsquo;s Amish community, where the symbol and loud color run counter to religious beliefs. Some Amish men have been arrested for refusing to use the triangles on their buggies. Both the House and the Senate passed separate bills addressing the issue. But the Senate proposal has fewer requirements, and the House decided to take up the Senate&rsquo;s version.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:59:03 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17243 at http://wkms.org Bullying Bill Heard in House http://wkms.org/post/bullying-bill-heard-house <p>Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state&rsquo;s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student&rsquo;s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.&nbsp; Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:32:45 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 17242 at http://wkms.org House Committee Passes Unemployment Insurance Fix http://wkms.org/post/house-committee-passes-unemployment-insurance-fix <p>A compromise to help employers avoid high federal unemployment insurance taxes has easily cleared a House committee.<br /><br />The proposal would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a bank or other organization to repay federal loans. Kentucky borrowed nearly one billion dollars from the federal government to pay for unemployment insurance during the recession.<br /><br />Up until now, the state had no plan on how to keep up with interest payments on that loan. If the state is late on payments, the federal government can put a higher tax on employers to recoup the funds.<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:19:14 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17241 at http://wkms.org