2013 KY General Assembly

2013 KY General Assembly
7:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Raise Dropout Age to 18

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The Senate has passed its own version of legislation that would require students to stay in school until they're 18, up from the current dropout age of 16. The vote was 36 - 2 yesterday. The House unanimously passed a similar proposal last week. Each chamber will consider the other's legislation.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Universities Can Start Construction Immediately As Projects Bill Signed Into Law

Six Kentucky's public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law on Thursday.

The bill authorizes bonds and other funds to help build academic buildings, dorms and other necessities at the universities. It assures no public money will be used for the projects.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:20 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Panel Approves Bill Giving Lawmakers Say on Medicaid

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A Kentucky State Senate panel has approved two measures requiring legislative approval before the Commonwealth could expand Medicaid or operate a marketplace that sells insurance.  The bills passed along party lines in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which has a Republican majority.

The proposals now go to the Republican-controlled Senate for a full vote. The bills are expected to die in the mostly Democratic House.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:53 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing

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Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign. 

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, is  sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, along with Senate Bill 28, would also make it illegal for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on those grounds.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:06 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

University Bonding Bill Passes Both Chambers, Likely to Be Signed by Governor Immediately

A bill allowing most of Kentucky's public universities to start more than $360 million in bonding projects has officially cleared both legislative chambers. The Senate passed the bill 36-1 today, with Sen. John Schickel, a Union Republican, as the lone dissenting vote.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:04 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Beshear Sides with Law Enforcement Against Hemp

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Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants law enforcement's concerns about industrial hemp resolved before Kentucky moves ahead with a push to grow the plant.

State police oppose state Republican leaders’ effort to license and regulate hemp if the federal government ever lifts a ban on it.  Beshear says the Legislature needs to weigh law enforcement's concerns carefully, given Kentucky’s horrible drug problem.

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2013 KY General Assembly
12:14 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Agriculture Education, New Markets Focus in New 5-Year Strategic Plan

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Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.

The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.

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2013 KY General Assembly
12:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Steve Beshear: Casino Bill is Dead for 2013, Unsure if Instant Racing Will Be Used to Fund Pensions

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Gov. Steve Beshear says he's a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky's horse racing tracks—but he's not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state's struggling pension system.

Meanwhile, Beshear said casino gambling is not happening this year.

House Democratic leaders says they are looking at legalizing the slots-like game statewide to help generate at least $25 million a year to help fully fund pension obligations. Only two tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs, currently have the game.

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2013 KY General Assembly
5:53 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Physician Assistant Bill Moves to Kentucky House

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Proposed changes in state law are designed to keep more Physician Assistants in Kentucky.  It allows for more leniency in their supervision.

Newly graduated Physician Assistants must currently work under the direct supervision of a medical doctor for a year and a half.  So, they can only work when “the Doctor is in.” As a result, Virginia Valentin with the Kentucky Physician Assistant Association says about half of P-A grads leave the commonwealth.

“Right now the law is for the first 18 months, P-A’s have to work under direct supervision of a physician, meaning the physician can’t take Friday afternoon off.  If they take Friday afternoon off, then the physician assistant can’t work.  This is the only state that does that,” Valentin said.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill

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The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders.

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