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On Friday, lawmakers have one last opportunity to approve bills, override vetoes and — most importantly — pass a state budget before the legislative session gavels out midnight Friday night.

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Kentucky House and Senate leaders are scheduled to resume budget talks at the state Capitol. Republican Senate president Robert Stivers is in Frankfort Wednesday. 

Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky National Guard plans to host its first Memorial Day event in Frankfort.

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UPDATE: The march is now set for Thursday, February 25. The event was originally scheduled for February 29, but organizers decided to change the date to a day when lawmakers would convene at 2 p.m. rather than 4 p.m.

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Hundreds of people with disabilities rallied at the state capitol Tuesday to highlight the importance of state-supported services for the disabled. Governor Bevin told participants that he’s recommending more funds for programs that assist the disabled. 

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The public is being invited to comment about moving the statue of Jefferson Davis from the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort to a nearby history center. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is encouraging the public to attend a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission on August 5, and to comment on the removal by July 29th. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Commissioner Timothy Thomas of Madisonville.

State lawmakers said a performance audit of the Legislative Research Commission reveals cultural issues in the Kentucky state Capitol.

The audit by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that the state agency’s employees were distressed by a culture of favoritism and opaque hiring practices in the LRC, a state agency that provides research and staffing to legislators. However, the audit said little about sexual harassment in the organization, even though the report was commissioned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal in the Statehouse.

FRANKFORT —In the first week of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session, lawmakers elected leadership, assigned committees and begun moving legislation through the Capitol at a fast pace.

The Republican-controlled Senate was especially active. Here are the four bills that have already cleared the chamber:

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FRANKFORT — Moments after Senate Republicans and Democrats finished congratulating each other Thursday on their bi-partisanship on anti-heroin legislation, a fierce debate erupted along party lines over the contentious legislation known as Right To Work.

LRC to Swtich to Paperless Constituent Messaging System

Sep 29, 2014
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Constituents across Kentucky should expect an easier time getting their concerns to lawmakers beginning next year, when a new paperless messaging system is scheduled to take effect. 

Marcia Seiler, acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, says she pushed for a switch to a new electronic format for the General Assembly’s constituent messaging service, which traditionally transcribes constituent concerns onto pieces of colored paper known as “green slips.”

She's replacing that system with an instant electronic messaging service that will connect constituents and legislators immediately. 

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