Capitol Bureau

2012 General Assembly
1:55 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Kentucky General Assembly Begins Special Session

Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it's not clear how long they'll remain in Frankfort to finish their work.

The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan.

Neither measure cleared the General Assembly during the regular session this year. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber will work quickly to pass the bills.

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2012 General Assembly
4:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Williams Says Beshear Should Tone Down Rhetoric

Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session.

The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn't pass two of the session's critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state's road plan and one that would place further limitations on prescription drugs.

In his call for the special session, Beshear personally blamed Williams for blocking the bills, and at other times called him greedy and selfish.

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2012 General Assembly
11:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Beshear Continues to Blame Williams for Need of Special Session

A blame game over important legislation is turning into a full-blown repeat of last year's gubernatorial election.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down on Kentucky's prescription drug abuse died in the final minutes of the session, and even though lawmakers passed a road plan, they neglected to pass the bill that funds the projects.

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2012 General Assembly
4:19 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Governor Beshear Signing Bills Passed in General Assembly

Governor Steve Beshear has signed more bills that passed the General Assembly this session.

Lawmakers will return to Frankfort Thursday to try and override any potential vetoes, but so far, the governor hasn’t vetoed anything. He has, however, approved more than a dozen bills since lawmakers left Frankfort late last month.

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2012 General Assembly
2:58 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Colston on the Capitol

Lawmakers in Frankfort have been hard at work over the past week in the Kentucky General Assembly.  A proposed state-wide indoor smoking ban cleared its first legislative hurdle and the senate has passed four constitutional amendments.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston gives Rick Howlett the latest on what’s happening in Frankfort.

2012 General Assembly
10:29 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Winters' Amish Buggy Legislation to Get Vote

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2012 General Assembly
11:54 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Budget Bills Pass House Committee

Budget plans for all three branches of Kentucky’s government are on their way to the House floor after easily passing out of the House budget committee today.

The committee passed bills that would cut the judicial and legislative budgets by eight point four percent, to match the cuts already made to the executive budget.  It also adopted the changes to Governor Steve Beshear’s budget proposed yesterday.

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2012 General Assembly
11:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Could Make it Out of House Intact

A proposal that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine consumers can buy in a month could make it out the state House of Representatives intact.

The Senate passed a bill last week that would limit consumers to seven point two grams of pseudoephedrine every month, or roughly two boxes of cold medicine.

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2012 General Assembly
4:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

House Unveils Its Changes to Two-Year Budget

House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand, D-Bedford (left), confers with House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro (right), and House Majority Caucus Chair Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kent
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The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today.

The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear's proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid and the creation of an Adult Abuse registry, saving more than two million dollars in the process.

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Alcohol Training
12:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Alcohol Training Support Bill Moving Forward

An effort to strengthen the training alcohol support specialists receive is moving through the General Assembly.

House Bill 335 is sponsored by state Representative Joni Jenkins. It would require drug and alcohol support to receive extra training to be licensed in that field.

Jenkins told a committee last week that the extra training hours would be the equivalent of doing coursework for a master’s degree.

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