Kentucky General Assembly

J. Tyler Franklin

With commanding majorities in the Kentucky legislature, Republican lawmakers will try to find ways to fix the state’s ailing pension systems during the upcoming General Assembly.

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Lawmakers have already pre-filed scores of bills ahead of the 2017 legislative session, though likely priorities like anti-abortion legislation, permission for charter schools and tort reform have not yet been filed.

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An organization of current and retired Kentucky public school teachers has filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin and legislative leaders for underfunding the teacher pension system, which lost $1.2 billion last year.

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A Kentucky group that seeks to protect individual freedoms is reporting an increase in support following the presidential election. 

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Republicans are keeping their same leadership team in the Kentucky Senate as the GOP prepares for a new era of complete control of the General Assembly.

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin in the first week of January. The regular session starts January 3 and will last for 30 legislative days. 

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bill pre-filed in the General Assembly would declare Kentucky a “sanctuary state” for people and companies who don’t want to follow federal environmental laws that will restrict carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Jim Gooch, a Democrat from Providence in Western Kentucky. 


Last week, Kentucky received a D+ rating from the Center of Public Integrity as part of the nonprofit’s annual State Integrity Investigation.

Freelance journalist and Murray State University Professor Ryan Alessi authored the commonwealth’s report. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about what that rating fully means.

Kentucky Gets D+ Grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

Nov 9, 2015
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WKMS Note: On Sounds Good, November 18th, we'll visit with Ryan Alessi of Murray State University, who recently compiled the State Integrity Report for the Center for Public Integrity. The report was released November 9 and examines Kentucky's ethics and anti-corruption infrastructure.

A month after starting to investigate Kentucky’s Agriculture Department, state Auditor Adam Edelen called a meeting for his team to update each other on the transgressions of ex-Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.

Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy.  Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times.