2012 Kentucky General Assembly

2012 General Assembly
4:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

House Unveils Its Changes to Two-Year Budget

House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand, D-Bedford (left), confers with House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro (right), and House Majority Caucus Chair Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kent
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The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today.

The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear's proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid and the creation of an Adult Abuse registry, saving more than two million dollars in the process.

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Alcohol Training
12:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Alcohol Training Support Bill Moving Forward

An effort to strengthen the training alcohol support specialists receive is moving through the General Assembly.

House Bill 335 is sponsored by state Representative Joni Jenkins. It would require drug and alcohol support to receive extra training to be licensed in that field.

Jenkins told a committee last week that the extra training hours would be the equivalent of doing coursework for a master’s degree.

2012 General Assembly
8:35 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Bill to Allow Students to Attend School Outside of Home District

A new bill in Kentucky would allow students to go to school outside of the district they live in, as long the new district allows it.

State Senator Ken Winters is sponsoring the bill because of concerns he's heard from parents in his district. He says the measure isn’t aimed at getting students out of low-performing schools, but is instead tailored to parents who commute outside their home county.

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Kentucky Legislature
8:30 am
Mon February 27, 2012

What's Next for Kentucky Lawmakers

Although two major issues have been nearly resolved, Kentucky lawmakers still have a full agenda this session.

Redistricting and expanded gambling dominated the first half of the session. The gambling bill was defeated last week and redistricting was settled by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

But that doesn’t mean the legislative work is over. Lawmakers still have a two-year budget to pass. Senate President David Williams says that's just one of several pressing issues.

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Kentucky Budget
8:17 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Budget Chairman Foresees No Major Budget Overhaul

Kentucky House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand says he expects no major overhaul of Governor Steve Beshear's budget proposal.  Rand says House lawmakers will likely do some "fine tuning" but Governor Beshear's 19 and a half billion dollar two-year budget proposal won't undergo wholesale changes.  Lawmakers spent Sunday at the Capitol examining the budget proposal, which could be presented to House lawmakers for a vote within two weeks.  Rand says he expects the almost 8 and a half percent cuts Beshear proposed for most government agencies will largely stay in place.

2012 General Assembly
4:20 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Capitol Bureau Update from Kenny Colston

It’s been a busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly.  An effort to legalize casino gambling died on the Senate floor, the sponsor of a measure to regulate the sale of products containing meth precursor pseudoephedrine withdrew it from consideration, and debate continues over the Commonwealth’s dropout age.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks wi

2012 General Assembly
11:42 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Animal Lovers Rally in Frankfort to Push New Cruelty Bill

Dog Rescued in Graves County
Animal Rescue Corp

Kentucky lawmakers were reminded today of a 96 dog rescue in western Kentucky.  The animals were retrieved in the community of Wingo through the efforts of Animal Rescue Corps.  Corps President Scotlund Haisley was at the state capitol for ‘Humane Lobby Day.’

 “We did 13 rescues last year large scale rescues and I’d say 90 percent of them were in the southern region,” said Haisley.

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State Debt
4:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Lawmakers Promote Bill Capping State Debt

Kentucky lawmakers are once again ready to approve a bill capping the state's debt at six percent of revenues.

The issue has been in and out of committee multiple times this session. It started as a constitutional amendment, then changed to a regular bill. And state Senators have renamed the measure to show their commitment to it. It is now called Senate Bill 1.

Currently, Kentucky is just over the six percent debt-to-revenue ratio, and bill sponsor Joe Bowen says the bill is a safeguard.

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Expanded Gambling
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Gambling Amendment Passes Senate Committee

Governor Steve Beshear's constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today.

The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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Expanded Gambling Debate
10:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Catholic Bishops in Kentucky Come Out Against Gambling Bill


Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers
approve a proposal to legalize casinos.   Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick

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