Kenny Colston (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:54 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Lawmakers Still Have Much to Accomplish in Session

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo speaking to media
LRC Public Information

As the 2012 legislative session winds down, lawmakers aren’t touting a long list of accomplishments.  They say that’s not due to a lack of work, but mainly a lack of extra money to fund new programs or expand others.  Instead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the main highlights will be a three-bill attack on Kentucky’s drug abuse problems and passing general and road budgets before the end of the session.  In recent years, lawmakers haven’t even been able to pass budgets on time. So Stumbo says this year is a return to normal.

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Scholarship Program at Risk
7:33 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appalachia Scholarship Proposal at Risk

A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal.  The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support.  It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education.  The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
3:38 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Colston on the Capitol

You hear Kenny’s reports daily on WKMS Newscasts. This week, Kentucky’s Senate passed their budget proposals for state government, approved a measure supporting Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and decisively put an end to pensions for Confederate veterans.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort.

 

 

Stumbo on Compromise
10:31 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Stumbo Says Budget Compromise Should Be Easy

 House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's.

Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn't have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

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2012 General Assembly
8:28 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Budget Bill

wikipedia.com

After hours of closed-door meetings, the Kentucky Senate approved budgets for the three branches of state government Thursday night.

The House previously approved its own versions of the budgets. The Senate kept the House's legislative plan intact but modified the executive and judicial budgets. The two chambers must now form a conference committee to work out the differences.

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2012 General Assembly
1:51 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers To Add Pressure to DOE to Keep USEC Open in Paducah

DOE

Kentucky lawmakers are set to pass a bill with the hope it will help a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah create new operations.

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2012 General Assembly
2:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Proposal to Lower Eligibility Age For Local Offices Clears Senate Committee

Adam Koenig Pictured Left
LRC Public Information

The minimum age to run for office in Kentucky could soon drop.

House Bill 112 is a on track to clear the General Assembly soon. It would allow 21-year-olds to run for mayor and 18-year-olds to run for councils in Kentucky cities and towns. Currently, council members must be 21 and mayors must be 25.

The bill has already cleared the House and it passed a Senate committee today.

“If the electorate sees fit to elect someone who is 18 or 21 to various offices then God bless them and send them on their way,” says Bill sponsor Adam Koenig.

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2012 General Assembly
9:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

House Committee Quickly Passes Bill Designed to Help Kentucky Tornado Victims

Rep. John Will Stacy
LRC Public Information

A bill granting sales tax refunds for Kentuckians hit by this month’s tornadoes is swiftly moving through the General Assembly.

The measure cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue committee less than 12 hours after it was first proposed. The language granting the refunds had to be inserted into another bill, House Bill 165, because the deadline to introduce new House bills passed weeks ago.

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2012 General Assembly
1:21 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Debt Bill Hits Block

wikipedia.com

A proposal to cap Kentucky's debt has hit a roadblock in the House.

The House Appropriations and Revenue committee took up Senate Bill 1 today. The bill wouldn't allow the state to accrue debt worth more than six percent of the general fund revenue, but doesn't cap debt in the road fund or most education budgets.

The bill easily sailed through the Senate, a point bill sponsor Senator Joe Bowen made to the House committee.

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2012 General Assembly
6:27 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Passes House Committee

After a week of negotiations, the House Judiciary Committee has passed an amended version of a bill that would regulate pseudoephedrine.

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