2013 KY General Assembly

2013 KY General Assembly
3:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Reach Deal on Pensions; Vote Expected Today

Kentucky legislative leaders have reached agreement on a plan aimed at shoring up the state's underfunded pension systems, staving off the need for a special session of the General Assembly.

The new plan would reduce a personal tax credit of $20 to $10, generating roughly 33 million in revenue that would go to General Fund, but lawmakers would use for pensions. It would also use revenue from technical changes in the state's tax code, as well as money from federal tax changes.

Overall, the plan would generate $96 million in the 2015 fiscal year and $100 million in 2016 fiscal year.

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2013 KY General Assembly
11:49 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill Approved in Kentucky General Assembly, Could Be Vetoed

A bill requiring prompt pay for health care providers participating in Kentucky's Medicaid managed-care system is heading to the governor's desk — but it isn't veto-proof.

The bill is  sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and would move disputes between providers and managed care organizations to the Department of Insurance to be settled.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Lawmakers Reconvene For Last Two Days Of Session

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Kentucky lawmakers will reconvene at noon today to finish out the last two days of this year's legislative session. They face a stack of unfinished bills. Proposals include a measure to reform the state's underfunded pension system and legislation to legalize hemp farming. Lawmakers also could try to override a gubernatorial veto.

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2013 KY General Assembly
1:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study

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Kentucky's industrial hemp supporters lashed out Thursday against a last-minute amendment to the hemp bill that's been under consideration this year in the General Assembly.

State Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat and the majority floor leader, has proposed an amendment turning the Senate-approve hemp bill into a five year study. It also gives the licensing responsibilities to Kentucky State Police, which argues that legalized hemp would harm law enforcement efforts to target hemp's cousin, marijuana.

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2013 KY General Assembly
3:38 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kentucky House OKs Dropout Bill Compromise; Expected to Become Law

The Kentucky House approved on Monday legislation that gradually raises the age when students can drop out of school—a compromise reached after past efforts to strike a deal failed. The dropout bill allows local school boards to choose whether to raise the dropout age to 18. After 55 percent of Kentucky's school boards raise the drop out limit, the change in four years becomes mandatory statewide.

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Politics
8:16 am
Mon March 11, 2013

KY General Assembly Rushing To Complete Session

Kentucky lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene today in a rush to pass some key measures before time runs out. Still pending are bills ensuring soldiers deployed overseas can vote in Kentucky elections and a bill raising the minimum school drop out age to 18.

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2013 KY General Assembly
1:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal

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State Auditor Adam Edelen is hoping lawmakers can reach an agreement next week on a proposal to better regulate more than 1,200 special taxing districts across Kentucky, what Edelen calls “ghost government.” Special taxing districts include local airport boards, water districts, and community action agencies. The bill has passed the House and Senate, but the Senate’s version would give oversight of the taxing districts to county governments, something Edelen opposes.

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2013 KY General Assembly
10:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Phone Company Restriction Overhaul Stalled in House Committee

Work in Frankfort to overhaul state restrictions on phone companies appears stalled.  The so-called “AT&T Bill” was the subject of a two hour hearing in a House committee Thursday.  Franklin County resident Van Arsdall is a mother of two children and says quick internet access is both costly and essential.

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2013 KY General Assembly
1:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Health Sharing Bill Clears House Committee

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A bill reauthorizing a Christian health sharing ministry in Kentucky has cleared a House committee after the insertion into the bill a provision for more disclosure to possible members of the group.

Senate Bill 3, known as the Medi-Share bill, would re-legalize Christian Care Medi-Share to operate in Kentucky after courts ruled them illegal and kicked them out.

Medi-share is a health sharing organization, which means members pay a fee every month to help cover others' medical bills. And in return, their medical bills would be covered, although there are no guarantees.

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2013 KY General Assembly
11:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate Committee, Poised to Become Kentucky Law

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A bill that would strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking laws has passed a Senate committee and appears ready to finally become law.

House Bill 3 is sponsored by state Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat and the House majority caucus chair. It's considered so-called "safe harbor legislation," which would require treatment for victims of human trafficking instead of legal ramifications, such as prostitution or immigration charges.

After a few small changes in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill passed easily Thursday and heads to the Senate floor. The legislation has already passed the House.

Overly said years of work on the bill—plus changes to this year's bill to recruit past opponents—gives House Bill 3 a good chance to become law.

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