Jody Richards

5:48 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Kentucky Revenues Up Amid Greater Demands in Next Budget

House Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards
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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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4:28 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Kentucky House Leaders Name Richards Speaker Pro Tem

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Kentucky House members have formally approved their leaders from both political parties. 

Decisions were made during closed door caucus meetings Tuesday.  

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3:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Richards Seeks Return to Kentucky House Leadership

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  Veteran State Representative Jody Richards is aiming for a return to House leadership as Speaker Pro Tem.  The Bowling Green Democrat is among four others vying for the number two post. 

Richards, who spent 14 years as House Speaker, has been out of leadership since 2009, and says some things have changed since then.

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2012 General Assembly
8:31 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Help Refugees Stay in School

Refugees can stay in Kentucky high schools after their 21st birthday under a bill that cleared the House Monday.  Democratic state Representative Jody Richards says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have fled to the U.S.  The divisive issue generated a lengthy floor debate with some critics, including Republican state Representative Ben Waide, questioning the wisdom of having people in their mid-20s sharing schools with teens.  Democratic Representative Steve Riggs urged colleagues to pass the measure so refugees can finish high school and become contributing taxpayers.