2014 Kentucky General Assembly

Government
6:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky.

In an emotional press conference yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.”

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Government
8:01 am
Mon March 3, 2014

House Approves Tougher Fines for Texting in Work or School Zones

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Concerns about distracted driving continue to draw attention in the Kentucky General Assembly.  On Friday, the House approved a measure that would double the fines for texting while driving in school or work zones.

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Government
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

KPR's Jonathan Meador's 2/28 General Assembly Update

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The 2014 session of Kentucky's General Assembly is well past the halfway point, but there's still plenty of business to take care of before it ends April 15th.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador to get an update on how much of that business saw movement this week.

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Environment
8:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Kentucky Youth Push For Green Jobs

Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition came to Frankfort today to lay out a case for sustainable energy job creation.

KSEC’s Tyler Offerman, of Lexington, says a House bill filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian would help create jobs in sustainable fields by requiring utilities to include renewable energy sources in their portfolio.

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Politics
7:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rep. Larry Clark: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Still in the Works

A state lawmaker from Louisville says the issue of expanded gaming isn’t dead yet.

Democratic state Rep. Larry Clark says that he met with representatives from five Kentucky racetracks and the head of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to allay concerns of the thoroughbred industry over a bill he has filed that would expand gaming in the state.

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Government
7:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Beshear Signs First Bill of 2014 Session Into Law

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A bill that will let nurses provide patients certain prescription drugs has become the first measure of the 2014 General Assembly signed into law.

At a ceremony held yesterday in the Capitol’s State Reception Room, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 7, saying the measure complements the state’s expansion of health care under the federal health care law. 

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Politics
9:47 am
Wed February 26, 2014

'Patent Troll' Bill Clears Kentucky Senate

A bill that seeks to limit claims of copyright infringement of intellectual property in Kentucky cleared the state Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 116 would crack down on copyright infringement claims by groups known as "patent trolls," which seek to exploit patent law for monetary gain.

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Education
7:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Legislature Moves to Set Planning Time Minimum for Teachers

The Kentucky House has overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring teachers to be paid for a minimum of 120 minutes a week for non-teaching activities. 

Bill sponsor Rita Smart says having adequate planning time in the daily schedule seems to be a bigger issue for elementary teachers.

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Government
3:40 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Legislators in Both Houses Wrangle Over Pace of Budget Action

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In the Kentucky Legislature, there was budget talk Friday in both houses, but it had little to do with dollars and cents.  It began in the Senate when Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer asked members in the House to move on a two year budget and get it to his chamber.  

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Government
2:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Futurist Explains Concern Over Kentucky Legislative Issues

Ivan Potter at WKMS

Planner and futurist Ivan Potter worries about the impact on Western Kentucky of certain 2014 KY General Assembly bills, including those involving eminent domain, the public service commission, the budget and nuclear waste. He discusses the Kentucky political outlook with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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