2014 Kentucky General Assembly

Government
7:23 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House

The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.  Proponents say it could lead to state savings of $25 million over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".

House Judiciary Committee Chair John Tilley championed the bill on the floor Thursday. 

"This bill will, contrary to what some have said, put greater emphasis on family involvement and involving families at the k-stage and earlier stages of intervention and we think this will present better outcomes for Kentucky's youth and their families," said Tilley.

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Government
7:07 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee

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A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee.  

The House Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 5 with 12 yes votes, and 8 members abstaining due to concerns over the measure’s constitutionality regarding charging drug traffickers with homicides for overdose deaths and the bill’s emphasis on prosecution.

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Government
7:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

“I feel like we’ve won the lottery. I never thought it would happen. I honestly didn’t.”

That’s Rita Wooton, overjoyed at the passage of Senate Bill 124, which will allow her son, Eli, to receive cannabidiol treatment at the University of Kentucky for his chronic seizures.

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Education
7:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to defund the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program. 

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Government
4:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ky. Senate Passes $20 Billion Budget: Cuts University Projects and Restores Operational Funding

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The Kentucky Senate has approved its version of a two-year, $20 billion state budget.

The Senate voted  25 for, two against, and 11 pass votes on the budget Monday afternoon.

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Not So Fast: Local Option Sales Tax Bill Hits Delay in Kentucky House

A bill to amend the Kentucky constitution to allow voters to choose projects funded by a 1 percent sales tax has been delayed in the House.

The measure, championed by the mayors of Louisville and Lexington, does not have enough votes to pass in that chamber right now, according to Democratic Majority Whip Tommy Thompson.

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Environment
7:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Eminent Domain Bill Aimed at Bluegrass Pipeline

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would prevent the builders of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline from using eminent domain.

Lawmakers voted 75 to 16 in support of the measure, which is aimed at the Bluegrass Pipeline. The pipeline would cross a handful of Kentucky counties and carry the product of natural gas drilling in the northeast.

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Politics
7:07 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Option Sales Tax Fortune’s Improve

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A series of bills that would amend the state constitution and implement a local option sales tax to fund city and county projects has won support in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

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Government
6:54 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Senate Committee Hears From Mental Health Advocates

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Although Kentucky lawmakers are not considering any major health reforms this session, the topic often still makes it onto legislative agendas.  That was the case this week, as the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard from mental health advocates. 

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