Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo

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State House Democrats are pushing to make changes to the troubled Legislative Research Commission, as recommended in the draft of an audit of the state agency released last month.

The report said staffers took issue with the LRC’s pay structure and hiring practices, which were described as opaque and unfair.

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Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program. Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

Stumbo Addresses Kentucky Teacher Pension

Jan 12, 2015
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Kentucky's state-funded teacher pensions are in a $14 billion hole and House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he has a plan to address the shortfall.

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Kentucky House leaders are joining the mayors of the state's two largest cities in lobbying for a local sales tax option.

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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.

Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care"

Apr 1, 2014
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Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.

Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.

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The leader of the Kentucky House expects to see a slimmed-down road construction budget come before his members.  The full house is expected to vote on the plan this afternoon. 

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the six year plan, which outlines construction schedules and costs, is over programmed by a billion dollars.

Right To Work Legislation Introduced in Kentucky

Mar 3, 2014
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The Kentucky House’s top-ranking Republican has introduced a right-to-work bill in his chamber.

Under the measure, workers would not be required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. House GOP Floor Leader Jeff Hoover says such a law would create jobs.

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The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

Members of the panel took turns speaking on the House floor, with Republican members saying that the committee had failed by not fully investigating the claims against Rep. John Arnold.  The panel disbanded after Arnold resigned.

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Kentucky’s budget priorities for 2015 could require nearly $1 billion in revenue that the state doesn’t have. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders earlier this month that the cost of funding priority issues like education, public employee raises and more could total an estimated $800 million.

 "It would probably be more of a number like seven to eight-hundred million, some would argue larger than that," says Stumbo. "It just depends upon how big a bite of the apple you want to take, but I don't think we can do that."

Stumbo says that it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming. 

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