Ryland Barton

Kentucky Public Radio State Capitol Reporter

Ryland is the state capitol reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. Always looking to put a face to big issues, Ryland's reporting has taken him to drought-weary towns in West Texas and relocated communities in rural China. He's covered breaking news like the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood Army Base and the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. 

Ryland has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

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Kentucky employers would be required to provide workers with “reasonable accommodations” if they become pregnant under a bill that passed out of a legislative committee on Thursday.

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The Kentucky House Natural Resources Committee has advanced a controversial bill that would scale back Kentucky’s solar net metering program, making it eligible for a vote from the full Kentucky House of Representatives.

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State lawmakers would be able to limit the amount of damages awarded when Kentuckians sue people or companies under a constitutional amendment that passed a legislative committee on Wednesday.

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Kentucky students would be required to learn about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide under a bill making its way through the state Capitol.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new website for Kentuckians to find help for drug addiction and search for treatment centers.

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This week in Frankfort, nearly 300 candidates announced they’re running to be state representatives or state senators, many of them educators. A bill that would make it less affordable to have solar panels on your house gets a life vest. And lawmakers again say they’ll have a bill to overhaul the state’s pension system…coming soon. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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Three lawmakers have been added to a committee that has been considering a controversial bill that would scale back how much households with solar panels are reimbursed for producing excess energy for the electrical grid.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed allowing casinos to open in Kentucky so the state can glean gambling tax revenue for its ailing pension systems.

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  State lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would scale back how much homeowners with solar panels get reimbursed for putting energy back into the electrical grid, though the legislation has stalled for the time-being.


Forty current or retired educators are running to become state lawmakers this year as leaders of the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin consider cuts to public education and an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.