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A day after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin issued an order cutting the state’s current contribution to higher education by 4.5 percent, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said that move is illegal.

In a news conference late Friday afternoon, Beshear — the state’s top law enforcement official — told Bevin to rescind his order, which made the cuts to state colleges and universities. He said if the governor did not do so within seven days, his office would file suit.

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Local option sales tax legislation won just enough House votes today, to send the measure to the Kentucky Senate. The constitutional amendment measure is a high priority of the Kentucky League of Cities. 

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Democrats in the Kentucky House are backing a new proposed program to ensure free tuition for up to six semesters at the state’s community and technical colleges. The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program was formally unveiled Wednesday in the House chamber. 

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Major party candidates have been selected for the special election for the Kentucky House of Representatives 8th District seat vacated by new Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary John Tilley.

Christian County Democratic Party chair Jeff Taylor was elected unanimously Thursday as his party’s nominee by the Christian and Trigg County executive committees. Taylor will face Republican businessman Walker Thomas, a former Hopkinsville city councilman.

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  Six state lawmakers are being tasked with finding solutions to Kentucky’s under-funded retirement system for public school teachers. 

Legislators debated a plan in this year’s General Assembly session that would have borrowed more than $3 billion in bonds to shore up KTRS. 

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The medical marijuana bill has likely died in the Kentucky House. On Thursday, the bill was discussed in the Health and Welfare committee but wasn’t given a vote. After the committee hearing, House Speaker Stumbo, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation wouldn’t pass during this General Assembly session.

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Several House members on Thursday expressed concern and urged compromise on a bill that would prevent Anheuser-Busch from owning its own distributorships in Kentucky. Still, the House economic development committee approved the bill proposed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and sent it to the House floor. 

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A bill that would increase Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of three years has passed the state House of Representatives. 

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The House labor committee on Thursday approved a bill that would raise Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2017.

The bill is similar to legislation that passed the Democratic-led House last year but died in the Republican-led Senate. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg.

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A group of Louisville teachers are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against the governor and leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly, claiming they violated the state's contract with teachers by deliberately underfunding teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.

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