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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A House committee on Tuesday approved borrowing $3.3 billion to shore up the state’s ailing retirement fund for teachers.

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The House labor committee on Thursday approved a bill that would raise Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2017.

The bill is similar to legislation that passed the Democratic-led House last year but died in the Republican-led Senate. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg.

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 A bill that would ease the requirement for telephone companies to offer traditional landline service in Kentucky’s urban areas passed out of a House committee Thursday.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the bill has been proposed. Kentucky AT&T president Hood Harris said during a hearing on the bill that the state has waited long enough to upgrade its telecommunication laws.

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The Legislative Research Commission will not move forward with hiring a new director for the troubled state agency for now.

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For the fourth straight year, a bill that would establish medical malpractice review panels has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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The leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate are beginning the process of hiring a new director of the Legislative Research Commission.

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Legislation backed by Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach would create a retirement savings program for Kentuckians whose employers don’t offer a plan.

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Kentucky lawmakers will again consider the so-called “AT&T deregulation” bill this session. The measure failed to make it out of the House last year after winning Senate approval.

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A battle over beer is brewing in Frankfort.

Kentucky microbreweries say out-of-state breweries like Anheuser-Busch shouldn’t be able to own beer distributors in the state—something in-state microbreweries aren’t allowed to do.

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A performance audit of the Legislative Research Commission has blamed poor staff morale on outdated management practices, a lack of communication and decision-making that isn't transparent.

Governor Steve Beshear says a draft report shows a need for reforms.

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