2014 Kentucky General Assembly

Government
3:30 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Wants to Shorten the General Assembly Calendar by a Third

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The leader of the Kentucky Senate would like to see future General Assembly calendars shortened by a third over a two year period. 

Robert Stivers' bill, which won committee approval today, calls for the legislature to meet each January for five days. 

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Government
7:09 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal

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Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a series of bills, including a modified version of the governor's proposed $20.3 billion, two-year budget.

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Government
2:09 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Sales Tax Option Passes Ky. House Committee

Supporters of a local option sales tax in Kentucky have won their first victory in Frankfort, but the matter is still far from settled.

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Government
7:12 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Sales Tax Option Faces Tough Senate Opponents

A call from city officials across the state for a local sales tax option faces tough sledding in the Kentucky legislature.  

But, a veteran Kentucky senator believes some additional monies may be generated in other ways.

Jessamine County Senator Tom Buford doesn’t expect the proposal to even get a hearing in the 38 member senate.  The longtime lawmaker says there are worries local governments would always have a project to support with a local sales tax.   Buford says there are also concerns the state may get stuck with a bill later on. 

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Government
7:01 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Fischer, Wayne Spar Over LIFT Tax's "Trickle Down" Effect

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is continuing his push for the local option sales tax, which would let communities vote on temporary sales tax increases to fund projects.

But the Democratic Fischer is facing opposition to the plan…from the left.

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Government
6:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill to Further Natural Gas Transportation Clears Committee

Kentucky legislators are discussing a fund to support the establishment of public compressed and liquid natural gas filling stations across the state.

The fund would be supported by a 1 cent tax on every gallon of liquid and compressed natural gas sold at a filling station.

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Politics
6:49 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Push Stopped By Democratic House Leaders, Bill Sponsor Says

FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses in Kentucky says House Democratic leadership has killed the measure.

Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington, says a combination of pressure from lobbying groups and political concerns of colleagues with tobacco farms in their districts were behind the bill's failure.

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Government
6:13 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling

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Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law.

Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.

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Environment
6:11 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislation Intends to Help Landowners Control Crop-Eating Wildlife

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The state of Kentucky is working to give farmers more options when it comes to dealing with wildlife that eat their crops. The primary target of the legislation is deer.

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Government
5:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

"All-Important Egg Bill" Awaits Governor's Signature

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Have you ever replaced a broken egg at the grocery store? Well, unfortunately, in Kentucky anyway, you broke the law. But a new bill awaiting Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature aims to allow grocers to do the mixing and matching for you.

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