Kentucky General Assembly

Education
7:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature

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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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Government
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

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After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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Pensions
6:21 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Why One Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

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It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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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
2:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Futurist Explains Concern Over Kentucky Legislative Issues

Ivan Potter at WKMS

Planner and futurist Ivan Potter worries about the impact on Western Kentucky of certain 2014 KY General Assembly bills, including those involving eminent domain, the public service commission, the budget and nuclear waste. He discusses the Kentucky political outlook with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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Government
12:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

KY State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
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State Senate Majority Leader Republican Damon Thayer says more Kentuckians would cast ballots for governor, attorney general and the Commonwealth’s other constitutional offices if those elections were held in even-numbered years. Thayer says low-voter turnout for such elections ought to give pause to every Commonwealth resident.

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Government
3:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Support Swells for Pre-Filed Legislation in Ky. TVA Counties

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Support is swelling for a Kentucky House of Representatives bill that would return money to counties powered by the Tennessee Valley Authority, in order to help address economic development needs.

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Government
2:36 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Christians-Only Medical Plan May Soon Return to KY

A Christians-only medical program that had been banned in Kentucky is expected to resume operations next month, unless officials at the state's Department of Insurance decide to continue a decade-long legal fight.


The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law in March exempting Florida-based cost-sharing ministry Medi-Share from regulations applying to traditional insurance companies. That was done in response to a Franklin County Circuit judge's order barring Medi-Share from the commonwealth.


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Government
10:32 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Rollins Resigns Legislative Seat, Takes Top KHEAA Job

Rep. Carl Rollins
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Democratic state representative and Kentucky House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins is leaving his seat to accept the top job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.  Legislative Research Commission Executive Director Bobby Sherman says the resignation would be effective at the close of business today.  Rollins says the new job will require his full attention.  In addition to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Rollins also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Loan Corporation.

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Politics
9:46 am
Mon January 14, 2013

A Conversation with new 1st District State Senator Stan Humphries

1st District State Senator Stan Humphries
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An interview with State Senator Humphries

Former Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries is well into his first session as the First District's new State Senator, and he's arrived in Frankfort at a particularly important time: the Commonwealth's General Assembly is set to address a range of issues from Medicaid and industrial hemp to tax reform and underfunded state employee pensions.  To see how he's settling in, Todd Hatton spoke with Senator Humphries from his office in Frankfort.

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