A change in the way Kentucky lawmakers draw district lines is likely to end up in front of voters this fall. Senate Bill 18 gives legislators more direction in how to split counties during redistricting and requires them to follow federal law. It would throw decades of past state precedent out the window. The bill is partly a response to this year’s redistricting lawsuit, in which the state Supreme Court threw out new maps. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports the change and says it will likely pass both chambers this session. If voters pass the constitutional amendment, the new
Kentucky’s General Assembly session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for the state Senate. The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn’t mean his side will be able to act quickly on the plan. Leeper says the Senate will compare three separate budgets: Governor Steve Beshear’s original proposal, the House’s changed plan and the last two-year budget.
It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. On the agenda: the budget, drug testing and prescription painkillers. To summarize what happened and why, Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston talks politics with Rick Howlett.
A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky's constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate.
State Senator Robert Stivers's bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split.
Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one whole district cannot be split. But Stivers's language would allow some counties that can't be split under that rule to now be open to divisions.
Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey certified a petition yesterday that will force a vote on the option of selling packaged alcohol sales in the city limits of Murray. The Grow Murray campaign filed the petition several weeks ago requesting the vote. They needed at least 627 signatures for it to be certified. Coursey says the May Primary election will cause some problems for the local option election. The alcohol sales vote cannot occur within 30 days of a regularly scheduled election.
Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the award of an emergency contract to repair and reopen the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake by Memorial Day weekend – saving the crucial summer tourism season for the region around Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Illinois lawmakers have agreed on how much money will be available for next year's budget. The state Senate joined the House today in approving a revenue estimate of $33.7 billion. The figure amounts to an upper limit for the fiscal year starting July 1. But much of the money will go to paying pensions and old bills, leaving less for day-to-day government services. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says creating a budget will be the most difficult challenge for legislators.