Capitol Bureau

Casinos and Gambling
11:47 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Gambling Amendment Would Allow Up to Seven Casinos

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling.

The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track has a casino.

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2012 General Assembly
4:36 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston Wraps Up This Week in Frankfort

This week legislation has been flying around the house and senate in Frankfort, and somewhat surprisingly the house and senate came to an agreement on congressional districts. Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about the happenings in Kentucky’s State Capitol this week.

Here are a few stories Kenny covered this week:

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KY General Assembly
11:28 am
Fri February 10, 2012

New Congressional District Map Moving Through Legislature

A new map of Kentucky’s congressional districts is on the verge of becoming law.

State House Speaker Greg Stumbo declared congressional redistricting dead earlier this week, since it looked like both chambers could not agree on the new districts. But with the state Senate able to find enough votes to pass a compromise, a new map is in play.

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From the Kentucky Capitol
4:44 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Redistricting Efforts May Be Dead

Efforts to redraw Kentucky's U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly.

State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.

"I think that ship has sailed, that bell's rung," Stumbo said. "I think the Secretary of State will have to certify those folks as the candidates and so the current status of law is that in my opinion they would run in the current Congressional district."

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
4:02 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Judge Taking More Time to Rule on Legislative Maps

A Kentucky judge is taking more time to decide the future of the state's new legislative district maps.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd heard four hours of testimony Monday on whether the plan that redraws state House and Senate districts are constitutional.

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Government & Politics - WKMS
2:39 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Beshear Wants Commission to Examine Barrel Tax

Kentucky's bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes… a change in the barrel tax.

The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is one of its kind.

But other alcoholic beverages made it the commonwealth aren't subject to the same taxes, Beshear says.

It is the only such tax in the world and it's not assessed in Kentucky on any other alcoholic beverage such as beer, vodka or scotch whiskey, he said.

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2012 General Assembly
10:58 am
Tue January 3, 2012

New Charter School Push in Kentucky Legislative Session

The debate over charter schools is one Kentucky educators and legislators have heard and argued over for the last several years. But supporters of the education reform feel one party left out of those discussions is ready to be brought into the fold. A newly formed group called Kentuckians Advocating Reforms in Education (KARE) is launching TV ad buys across the commonwealth today to educate the general public about charter schools. KARE has spent $8,950 to air the ad on WLKY in Louisville.

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
2:48 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Lack of Coal No Surprise in Beshear Inaguration Speech

In his inauguration speech, Gov. Steve Beshear spoke about education and the importance of building a generation that can lead Kentucky in the future. But it was a far cry from the pro-coal rhetoric that dominated some of his speeches earlier this year. Beshear’s avoidance of the issue didn’t surprise many observers, who know where the governor stands on coal.

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