After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.
The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.
In 2009, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of DNA samples from convicted felons. So the Department of Corrections delegated that responsibility to its probation and parole officers. But this summer, the inspector general's investigation found that that this wasn’t happening.
Kentucky corrections officials are taking steps to ensure DNA samples are taken from every felon in the state, following new revelations that the failure to collect the samples was more widespread than initially thought.
Kentucky lawmakers have approved an internal audit of the state’s largest bureaucracy. The bipartisan National Conference of States Legislatures has been selected to audit the state Legislative Research Commission in the wake of scandal.
Newly released numbers from the Kentucky budget office show tax collections were up in November.
State Budget Director Jane Driskell said Tuesday that General Fund revenue increased 2.4% for the month, generating revenue of nearly $803 million. Driskell called the latest revenue figures encouraging.
Individual income tax collections rose 6% for the month, a sign of fatter paychecks for Kentucky workers. Property tax revenue was up 8.1%.