2013 KY General Assembly

Government
1:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

KY 5th District State House Member Kenny Imes Discusses the 2013 Session

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An Interview with KY 5th District State House Rep Kenny Imes.

Kentucky’s 5th District State Representative Kenny Imes spent four terms as representative in the 70’s. Now Imes has returned to Frankfort again in 2013 to represent the residents of Calloway and Trigg counties. Imes recently spoke with Shelly Baskin about his plan to ensure state’s rights are respected by the federal government, as well as his thoughts on the most important parts of this session’s legislative agenda.

2013 KY General Assembly
7:57 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Kentucky Dropout Age Debate Continues

The debate over the Kentucky law allowing 16 year olds to drop out of high school with parental permission is coming up again in this year's legislative session. Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, along with a bevy of education officials, say lawmakers should support a bill that would gradually raise the legal dropout age from 16 to 18. It has failed in past sessions.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Industrial Hemp Debate Continues

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The industrial hemp debate will resume in Frankfort later this morning.  A bill seeking a pilot project for hemp in Kentucky will be discussed in a Senate committee.  Carrying the ball for putting hemp in farmer’s fields is Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

 “We find new uses every day for industrial hemp," he says. "It’s a green crop.  It’s something that is replacing plastic in the automotive industry.  You can make paper with industrial hemp, textiles, cosmetics and lotions, bio fuels.”

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Government
5:37 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

KY Lawmakers Meet With Public to Discuss Pension Problems

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Lawmakers and citizens met this weekend in Murray State’s Wrather Auditorium to discuss Kentucky’s ongoing pension crises. Cameron Smith of the Alabama Policy Institute gave a presentation explaining Kentucky’s current pension problems while lawmakers answered questions. Smith said it’s important for the state to keep its promises.

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2013 KY General Assembly
2:46 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Child Advocates Rally, Urge Kentucky Leaders to Restore Cut Child Care Funding

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Advocates for Kentucky children on Thursday called for state leaders to provide funds and stave off recently announced cuts to program thatprovide assistance for child care costs and to family members who take in young relatives.

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2013 KY General Assembly
10:25 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House

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A bill reforming how the state's special districts are categorized and making them more transparent easily passed the state House this morning, 96-1.

State Rep. Lynn Belcher, a Republican from Crittenden County, was the lone "no" vote.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:55 am
Fri February 8, 2013

House Delays Vote on Taxing Districts Measure

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The Kentucky House is voting today on legislation that would strengthen oversight of the state's more than 1,200 local taxing districts. The vote was postponed yesterday.  The House Committee on Local Government approved the legislation Wednesday. The measure sets up a system for auditing the taxing districts, which spend some $2.7 billion a year to operate rural fire departments, airports, sanitation districts and even libraries. It would also create an online database where taxpayers could review financial reports for each taxing district.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Allowing Election Day Alcohol

Lawmakers in Kentucky are again considering lifting a Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day. The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee has already given initial approval to legislation that would allow alcohol sales during hours that polls are open. The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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2013 KY General Assembly
5:54 am
Fri February 8, 2013

State Senate Passes Pension Reform Recommendations

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would reform the majority of the state's pension system. Senate Bill 2 contained the recommendations of a legislative task force on the underfunded pension system. It suspends cost of living adjustments and creates a hybrid, 401k-style pension plan for new hires.

Bill sponsor Damon Thayer says the bi-partisan support for the bill shows the need for continued cooperation on pensions.

"This is not a perfect bill. There are certainly other ways that this can be done," Thayer said. "But in this town and in this building, when have we ever given up the good for the sake of the perfect. This is a good bill, Mr. President."

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4:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Greg Stumbo Files Bill Aimed at Speeding Up Medicaid's Late Payment Process

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed a bill to move complaints about late payments in Kentucky's Medicaid system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the Department of Insurance.

Health care providers—such as hospitals and doctor's offices— have complained about severely late payments since the managed care system started. Currently, the cabinet deals those issues that arise when one of the state's Medicaid operating companies delays payment to a health provider.

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