Greg Stumbo

 House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's.

Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn't have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

Government Whistle-Blower Bill Advances in Kentucky House

Mar 20, 2012

Whistleblowers in Kentucky could get financial incentives for reporting misuse of state tax dollars under a measure that passed the state House Monday.  Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsored the bill now heading to the Senate for consideration. Stumbo says the bill, dubbed the "False Claims Act," could root out fraud and reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of dollars.  Kentucky already has a whistle-blower law in place that applies to Medicaid programs.

Kentucky’s General Assembly is heading down the stretch in the 2012 legislative session.

Lawmakers have ten legislative days left to pass budget and road plan bills, in addition to any other matter.

Many important topics that were priorities for some lawmakers—like raising the dropout age, fixing the state’s problems with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and drug abuse legislation—has yet to pass both chambers in the same form. This means for the bills to become law, legislators will have to form conference committees and reach an agreement.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is blasting a report that recommends the University of Pikeville not be moved into the state university system.

Stumbo is a chief supporter of making UPIKE Kentucky's ninth public university.

But a report by an outside agency commissioned by Governor Steve Beshear says the measure wouldn'’t do enough to help raise education levels in far eastern Kentucky.

Stumbo rejected the report’s' findings, saying the increased collaboration and creation of scholarships the report calls for isn'’t enough.

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn’'t currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.

State House Budget Vote

Mar 2, 2012

The Kentucky House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.  Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn't expect a lot of changes to Governor Steve Beshear's original budget proposal. The governor's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee vote is expected Tuesday.

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A deal to help Kentucky repay a federal loan is officially on the table.


Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan to make the University of Pikeville the ninth state university will not be derailed by the hectic session.

Stumbo is the main legislative supporter of the measure. And he says despite redistricting, expanded gambling legislation and other barriers or distractions, his bill will continue moving forward.

The latest step is a hearing today in the House Education Committee.

Afternoon Round-Up 2/20/12

Feb 20, 2012

The Hickman Fulton County Riverport Director Greg Curlin says the Army Corps of Engineers told him earlier this month that $1.9 million dollars in disaster relief money would be used for a one-time dredging at the riverport.



Kentucky Politics:

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A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government.

Stumbo says the bill is needed to help Kentucky get money that usually ends up in federal coffers.

It s a choice of revenues, state or federal, the states that don t have a state law don t have the option to get any of that forfeiture money or penalty money, Stumbo says.