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Government
3:37 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Senate Gives the Go Ahead for Lottery Game with Horse Racing Connections

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation paving the way for development of a new state lottery game that has an equine connection.  Proponents say the game would benefit the horse industry and school children.

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Society
5:55 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter

Model of Ark Encounter
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The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.

The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.

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Government
3:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Evaluates 2014 Legislative Session

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The president of the Kentucky Senate is giving good marks overall for the 2014 general assembly session.  Robert Stivers offered the assessment Monday during a caucus meeting of senate republicans. 

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass

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 A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

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Government
3:29 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate. 

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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
3:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Say Senate Moves at Slower Pace than House

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The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days. 

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Government
1:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Take Up Medical Malpractice Issue

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Kentucky lawmakers are being urged by a coalition of powerful health care and business groups to revamp the state's medical malpractice system. 

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Government
12:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

KY State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
Credit lrc.ky.gov

State Senate Majority Leader Republican Damon Thayer says more Kentuckians would cast ballots for governor, attorney general and the Commonwealth’s other constitutional offices if those elections were held in even-numbered years. Thayer says low-voter turnout for such elections ought to give pause to every Commonwealth resident.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Senate To Consider Felon Voting Rights, Waiting Period

A bill that would automatically restore voting rights for non-violent felons in Kentucky has taken another step toward passage.

The bill handily passed in the Democratically-controlled House, but likely won't be well-received in the GOP-led Senate. Similar bills have died there in previous years.

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