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7:32 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Kentucky House Committee Considers Consolidation Proposal

Kentucky’s House Local Government Committee is set to consider legislation establishing a process for counties to voluntarily unify. Bill sponsor Republican Adam Koenig says the measure means two or more counties could consolidate if voters approve. Unification has long been a hot topic in the 120 county Commonwealth. But local officials have been resistant to the idea. Koenig says his proposal should be acceptable because it doesn't force consolidation.

-Government & Politics - WKMS
4:22 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Franklin Circuit Judge Finds Redistricting Maps Unconstitutional

A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution.

Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling is based on the so-called “five percent rule.” It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the House and Senate districts divided too many counties.

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
3:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Judge Rules on Legislative District Lawsuit

A judge has ruled that Kentucky lawmakers can't implement newly redrawn legislative districts. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled this afternoon on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of newly redrawn district boundaries. House Republicans unhappy with the outcome of the legislative redistricting battle filed the lawsuit in January claiming the new boundaries favor Democrats. The lawsuit contends the legislative districts could have been better balanced by population and could have been drawn in a way that required fewer splits in counties and precincts.

-Government & Politics - WKMS
2:13 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Kentucky Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller Resigns

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller has resigned.

 

Miller was appointed as head of the cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear during his first term. The agency is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and various social services.

 

Miller’s resignation comes while the cabinet’s transparency regarding child abuse cases is being challenged in court. She is the second cabinet leader to resign in the recent months. She follows Patricia Wilson, who served as commissioner for the department overseeing child welfare services.

 

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
4:20 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Stumbo Supports Pill Mill Bill

Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials reiterated the importance of a legislative package focused on fighting prescription drug abuse today (Mon). House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system. Stumbo calls the issue a bi-partisan effort.

“It doesn’t matter whose name is on it, it matters what names it saves down the road, what lives it affects, and how it has a positive impact on this problem. And I believe that it will.”

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
4:02 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Judge Taking More Time to Rule on Legislative Maps

A Kentucky judge is taking more time to decide the future of the state's new legislative district maps.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd heard four hours of testimony Monday on whether the plan that redraws state House and Senate districts are constitutional.

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Government & Politics - WKMS
2:45 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Whitfield Says Re-Enrichment Bill Stalled

Depleted uranium barrels housed at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Department of Energy

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says a bill to allow re-enrichment of uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has reached a stalemate in Washington.

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Government & Politics - WKMS
2:39 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Beshear Wants Commission to Examine Barrel Tax

Kentucky's bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes… a change in the barrel tax.

The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is one of its kind.

But other alcoholic beverages made it the commonwealth aren't subject to the same taxes, Beshear says.

It is the only such tax in the world and it's not assessed in Kentucky on any other alcoholic beverage such as beer, vodka or scotch whiskey, he said.

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Government & Politics - WKMS
12:46 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Commentary: Legislature Goes for Nuclear Options in Redistricting

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – No compromise has been made between the drastically different redistricting plans passed through the Kentucky Legislature. Plans being pushed by House Democrats and Senate Republicans are nearing the possibility that federal courts may end up resolving the issue. Commentator Richard Nelson says this kind of partisan political bomb-throwing won't garner any love between constituents and the powers that be in Frankfort.

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Press Releases & Events
7:21 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Don't Say Gay Debated in Tennessee House Committee

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