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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. 

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

Jan 21, 2014

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.

Senate To Consider Felon Voting Rights, Waiting Period

Jan 17, 2014

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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A bill seeking to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for non-violent felons sailed through the state House Thursday.

Unlike past years, the proposed ballot issue may have a chance in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says it may be an issue "whose time has come," with some changes.

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It's held that there’s a difference between rights and privileges. But with the issue of voter identification laws, that line gets a little blurry.

A Kentucky state senator says he is unsure when he will file voter ID legislation. Republican Floor Leader Sen. Damon Thayer says such a law is necessary to provide protections from voter fraud.


State lawmakers are trying to figure out who their constituents are in the wake of new district maps.


Kentucky's governor and other statewide constitutional officers would be elected in the same year as presidential elections under a bill approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee.


Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.


After years of defeat, Kentucky lawmakers believe an expanded gambling bill could become law next year. At the Kentucky Chamber’s annual policy day, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and new Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer discussed the prospects of such a bill in the upcoming session. Both leaders suggested the opposing chamber take up the bill first when they get to Frankfort next month. 

Thayer was the sponsor of a Senate gambling bill in this year's session. The measure ultimately failed. But Thayer says the Senate can pass a new bill if the governor pushes hard enough.

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The No. 1 priority for the Kentucky House in 2013 is set: Tackling recommendations from a recent report that found that special tax districts have big budgets and little oversight.