2013 KY General Assembly

2013 KY General Assembly
2:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits

Gambling brings social ills that will offset any tax revenue to Kentucky, argued a new group that rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. About 30 people joined the group Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky for the rally, where speakers dismissed efforts in the General Assembly to expand gambling through casinos or Instant Racing.

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2013 KY General Assembly
1:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

House Committee Passes Hemp Bill, but Floor Vote Uncertain

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In its second try, the Kentucky House agriculture committee approved a bill Wednesday creating a regulatory framework for growing hemp in Kentucky, if the federal government were to legalize it.

The hemp bill—championed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer—got only one no vote in the House agriculture committee.

Last week, an ag committee meeting abruptly ended after a tense exchange among lawmakers on the hemp issue.

Several House lawmakers said they voted for the bill to help support the Ag industry and to possibly create more jobs in Kentucky.

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Politics
5:34 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

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Government
4:12 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Committee Passes Redistricting Maps After Long Wait

The House State Government committee has advanced a new redistricting map to the House floor after weeks of closed door debate.

Last year's state House and Senate districts were ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court after House GOP members challenged them in court. The new House districts would create seven new districts all across Kentucky, where no current lawmakers reside. 

Those districts are: 

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2013 Kentucky General Assembly
8:14 am
Tue March 5, 2013

KY House Passes Supreme Court Public Financing Bill

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The Kentucky House passed a perennial proposal yesterday to create a system of public financing for Supreme Court races. Democratic state Representative Jim Wayne says the legislation would ensure that the Commonwealth's top court isn't influenced by private campaign donors. The measure now goes to the Senate where it faces dim prospects.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:01 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators

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Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are once again trying to persuade a House committee to pass the the legislation this session. The House Judiciary Committee is the second committee—after House Health and Welfare—to hear the smoking ban bill sponsored by State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat.

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Politics
5:24 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Time Running Out for Kentucky General Assembly to Pass Priority Bills

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As the 2013 legislative session winds down, the top priorities for each chamber are still stuck in the process and not yet law.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:52 am
Thu February 28, 2013

House Passes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill 99-0

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A bill moving Medicaid managed care late payments to the Department of Insurance's review process has overwhelmingly passed the state House. The measure passed on a unanimous vote of 99-0.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the bill sponsor and says his goal is to make sure health care providers start getting paid by Medicaid managed care organizations, which has been a problem since the MCO system was implemented.

"Because if claims are in fact being withheld unfairly, this will remedy that," Stumbo said. "If claims are being changed as far as the criteria goes in the claims process after they've been submitted this will change that."

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:25 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Senate Passes Bill To Shut Down Legislative Pension System

Legislative pension reform is progressing through the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 7 would keep new legislators from participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. It is aimed at preventing the addition of new burdens to Kentucky's pension system, despite the fact that legislator's pensions are generally well-funded.

Senate President Robert Stivers praised the bipartisan effort in his chamber to solve Kentucky's underfunded pension problem.

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2013 KY General Assembly
5:50 am
Thu February 28, 2013

House Passes Two Pension Bills But Controversy Over Vote Looms

The House has narrowly passed two bills dealing with the state's underfunded pension system, but not without controversy.

The House passed an amended  version of Senate Bill 2, which keeps the pension systems as a defined benefit and creates a new oversight panel for Kentucky's many pension plans. It passed on party lines 55-45, with Democrats favoring.

It also passed House Bill 416, which takes revenues from the potential expansion and legalization of Instant Racing, from online lottery sales and a new Keno game.

That bill passed with 52 votes, but many Republican members argued that the action was illegal, since revenue bills take a House supermajority of 60 votes to pass in odd-year session.

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