Lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make placement agents involved in financial investments for Kentucky's pension program subject to the state's ethics laws. The legislation is an offshoot of a state audit that raised questions about the use of placement agents who advise the state about how to invest retirement funds for teachers and government workers. The House voted 94-0 Thursday for final passage. Democratic Rep.
The Charter County Government Commission have changed a plan for the proposed merger of Paducah and McCracken governments. Vice Chairman Tom Garrett says the changes reflect concerns residents voiced during public forums held earlier in the year. The changes clarify the role of a transitional committee appointed to speed the merger if the plan passes and moves elections for new officials from 2013 to 2014 to avoid a special election. The changes also include an “out” clause allowing voters to revert to the current government. Tom Garrett…
An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget.
Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others. And after days of budget talks, the Senate won the argument.
A proposal that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is headed for floor votes in both chambers of the Legislature. The measure unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday and is now scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. A full vote in the House is scheduled for Monday. The bill would prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment." A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.
A measure that would require "family life education" curricula taught in Tennessee schools to be abstinence-centered is advancing in the Senate. The measure sponsored by Republican Senator Jack Johnson unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee 9-0 Wednesday.
State lawmakers have approved two major pieces of legislation dealing with drug abuse in Kentucky.
House Bill 4 tightens regulations on prescription pills. It passed the full Senate Wednesday afternoon. Around the same time, the House passed Senate Bill 3, which caps the amount of pseudoephedrine Kentuckians can buy every month without a prescription. Since both bills were amended, they will now return to their original chambers, where lawmakers must decide whether to agree with the changes or send them to conference committees for compromises.
Tennessee's state budget could cut all funding to The Paris Special School District Family Enrichment Center. Director Donna Vaughn says half of its funding comes from the state and if the budget passes, the center would likely have to close this summer.
“We do not have the excess funds in our budget to absorb it at this time. So we really don’t want to look down that road, but it doesn’t look good for us if that happens.”
Lawmakers have met for three straight days, usually twice a day, to resolve differences between budget proposals passed by the House and Senate. But there are firm disagreements over school construction, cuts to the governor's office and coal severance projects.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the Senate isn't compromising on those issues, so the potential to deliver a budget on time is in danger.
FY 2013 Statement of Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Presented before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
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