Government

2012 General Assembly
7:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Lawmakers Head into Final Legislative Week

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The last full week of this year's legislative session in Kentucky began yesterday with negotiations over the state budget. House and Senate leaders started talks yesterday morning, breaking only for committee and floor duties, and continued negotiations well into the night. Both chambers have approved slightly different versions of the state budget for the next two years. Lawmakers are now reviewing those differences line by line, looking for potential compromises. The General Assembly has until late Wednesday to hatch a compromise.

Health and Welfare
3:28 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Rand Paul Says the Country Needs Healthcare Reform

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It’s not the kind of reform favored by the Obama Administration, but, Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul says health care reform should continue. If the US Supreme Court overturns health care laws enacted a few years ago, Paul says Congress gets a re-do. And he says with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, the country would get a better set of reforms. 

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Healthcare Reform
12:26 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Supreme Court Begins Hearing Case Challenging Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear three days of arguments challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Monday.

Justices will hear several different legal arguments against the Affordable Care Act, but their first question will be whether it is too soon for the high court to review the law.

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Drug Cuts
8:12 am
Mon March 26, 2012

IL Considers Drug Cuts

Illinois lawmakers looking for ways to cut expenses in the state’s Medicaid program may consider the big-ticket cost of prescription drugs as a tempting target. Prescriptions cost the Illinois Medicaid program more than $1 billion a year. Medicaid covers drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, from asthma to schizophrenia, for the poor and disabled. Legislators are looking at other states for ideas. Tennessee, for example, limits adults to five prescriptions each month.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:54 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Lawmakers Still Have Much to Accomplish in Session

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo speaking to media
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As the 2012 legislative session winds down, lawmakers aren’t touting a long list of accomplishments.  They say that’s not due to a lack of work, but mainly a lack of extra money to fund new programs or expand others.  Instead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the main highlights will be a three-bill attack on Kentucky’s drug abuse problems and passing general and road budgets before the end of the session.  In recent years, lawmakers haven’t even been able to pass budgets on time. So Stumbo says this year is a return to normal.

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Sharon Day Talks Commonwealth Republicans
4:00 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Republican National Committee Co-Chair on Kentucky's GOP Presidential Primary

Earlier this month, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day spoke in Murray at the Purchase and Lakes Area Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.  She rallied the party in advance of Kentucky’s May 22nd GOP primary.  Before Day arrived, Chad Lampe spoke with her by phone about her message for Commonwealth Republicans and about the rise in profile of smaller GOP primaries, like Kentucky, in light of a bruising presidential nominating contest.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
3:38 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Colston on the Capitol

You hear Kenny’s reports daily on WKMS Newscasts. This week, Kentucky’s Senate passed their budget proposals for state government, approved a measure supporting Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and decisively put an end to pensions for Confederate veterans.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort.

 

 

Stumbo on Compromise
10:31 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Stumbo Says Budget Compromise Should Be Easy

 House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's.

Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn't have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

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Tennessee Government
8:40 am
Fri March 23, 2012

New Tennessee Arts Commissioner Named

Anne Pope has been named executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. Pope is a former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. She also served as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Most recently Pope was executive director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, which promotes the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in public schools. Pope succeeds Rich Boyd, who retired after 28 years in the post.

2012 General Assembly
8:28 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Budget Bill

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After hours of closed-door meetings, the Kentucky Senate approved budgets for the three branches of state government Thursday night.

The House previously approved its own versions of the budgets. The Senate kept the House's legislative plan intact but modified the executive and judicial budgets. The two chambers must now form a conference committee to work out the differences.

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