2017 Kentucky General Assembly

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  Today is the day that new laws passed earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly take effect.

Gov. Matt Bevin signed more than 130 bills into law, dealing with issues ranging from charter schools to drug control to doubling campaign contributions for state politicians.

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Kentucky lawmakers have voted to include the phrase "in the year of our Lord" on some of their documents. 

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Lawmakers transformed the legal landscape of Kentucky during this year’s General Assembly. The state has new laws restricting abortions and allowing charter schools. Legislators also passed pro-business measures that forbid mandatory union dues and add a hurdle for people suing doctors and hospitals for malpractice. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this report on what passed the General Assembly and how the new laws might affect Kentuckians.


The 2017 legislative session concluded last night, and a bevy of bills now await Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature or veto. A bill that would have limited the attorney general’s powers did not pass.

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Gov. Matt Bevin is asking lawmakers for permission to spend up to $15 million for a mystery project somewhere in eastern Kentucky. 

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The Kentucky state Senate has approved a bill that would let the governor, not the attorney general, be the voice of the state when filing amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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UPDATE 6:42 p.m.: Senate Moves Bills To Stiffen Penalties On Opioids, Strip AG’s Powers, Bail Out KFC Yum! Center 

Lawmakers have continued to advance several major bills into the last evening of the legislative session, including policies to limit painkiller prescriptions, curb the attorney general’s powers and bail out the Louisville-based KFC Yum! Center.

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During a contentious committee hearing late Wednesday night, Republican lawmakers advanced a bill that would limit the powers of the state attorney general’s office.

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Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up work on an education bill that would gradually repeal Common Core standards and give school districts more control in how to turn around low-performing schools. 

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Legislation that would strip powers from the attorney general’s office and give them to the governor is still under consideration in the Kentucky General Assembly.