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Republican members of the Kentucky House are planning to boycott a meeting on the state’s under-funded pension system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo has called lawmakers to return to Frankfort Tuesday, but the GOP is calling it a trick. 

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Kentucky House Republicans unveiled their budget proposal Tuesday. The house GOP strategy seeks to modify Governor Bevin’s suggested two-year spending plan. 

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A week from tomorrow lawmakers will converge on the State Capitol for the start of the 2016 general assembly session.  It will likely be a time to get a feel for new leadership.

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Pointing to strong tax collections, state budget officials say Kentucky will likely avoid another budget shortfall.

Revenues are expected to increase more than 3 percent in the budget year that ends June 30.

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Against the advice of Kentucky’s attorney general, Warren County Fiscal Court has passed a local right-to-work law, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.

The full House will vote on legislation to allow local school districts to shorten their instructional calendar by up to ten days. 

The measure is being promoted as a way for schools to deal with a higher-than-normal number of snow days. 

The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.   It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.  The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.  

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A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law.

The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week.

There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.