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11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

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Government
4:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Fate of Heroin Bill Uncertain in Kentucky General Assembly

A bill that would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and expand addiction treatment is on shaky ground in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Government
2:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care"

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Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.

Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.

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Government
9:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kentucky Road Plan Waits for Another Day

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Decisions about three and a half billion dollars in road and bridge projects across Kentucky will wait for another day.

Lawmakers from the House and Senate spent many hours negotiating over the weekend before finally reaching agreement on a two year state budget.  But, consensus on a road plan remains on the 'to do' list.  

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass

 A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

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Government
3:12 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Eminent Domain Measure Fails to Pass this Legislative Session

Senate President Robert Stivers (R)
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It appears condemnation issues related to a natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky will be left up to the judicial system. 

Some residents living along the proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline had sought legislative clarification of eminent domain law.  

Senate President Robert Stivers believes the matter should stay in the courts for now.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Highlights of the Kentucky State Budget Compromise

 

State House and Senate leaders have agreed on the details of a $20.3 billion biennial state budget that largely preserves Gov. Steve Beshear's intention to restore funding for K-12 education. A final vote on the plan is expected late Monday night.

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Government
5:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process?

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:40 pm

Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.

Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.

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Government
4:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Resolution on Kentucky Schools' Make Up Days Reached

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Final action on school calendar legislation came today in the Kentucky general assembly. The matter has been a heavily debated item, considering the number of missed school days this winter.

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Government
3:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Consensus on Kentucky Budget Still Not Within Reach

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Work continues at the state capital to reach agreement on a two year budget, but it appears consensus is still not within reach.

Budget conferees gathered this morning around a large table, House members on one side and Senate members on the other. While considering many aspects of the two year spending plan, lawmakers have made few firm decisions. 

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