Kentucky House Speaker pro tem Larry Clark

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As part of the second week of the 2016 General Assembly, members of the Kentucky House have undergone anti-harassment training.  The annual exercise stirs memories of previous sexual harassment allegations.

A state lawmaker from Brandenburg plans to run for House Speaker Pro Tem when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in January. 

Representative Jeff Greer is sending out letters Friday to his Democratic colleagues announcing his plans to run for the leadership post. 

Elected in 2007, he represents Meade and portions of Bullitt and Hardin counties.  Greer told WKU Public Radio that joining House leadership would be good for his constituents. 

"Normally, the leadership team gets the last look at the budget before it comes up for a vote," explained Greer.  "You get to negotiate with the Senate on the budget, and that's a huge responsibility."

The pro tem position became vacant this week when Representative Larry Clark of Louisville announced he’s stepping aside from the post he’s held since 1993.

Democrats maintained their 54-46 advantage in the Kentucky House in last week’s election.  Leadership elections will take place on the first day of the 2015 legislative session which is set for January 6.

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Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he won’t seek re-election to the leadership position when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

The Louisville Democrat has served as Speaker Pro Tem for more than two decades. He said in a press release the decision for his successor would best be made in Governor Steve Beshear’s final year instead of in the next governor’s term.

State House Democrats Unveil Agenda

Nov 6, 2014
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Less than 24 hours after Kentucky voters maintained the 54-46 Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives, the chamber’s leaders announced their agenda for the 2015 legislative session. 

“We want to thank the voters for their support and for giving us the opportunity to move ahead with those ideas that are important to them and that help all Kentucky families succeed,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.  “Our Democratic caucus has made an effort in recent years to distance itself from the policies and gridlock we have seen coming from Washington, and the voters rallied behind that.”

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A bill that would establish a public database of economic development and tax incentives offered in Kentucky has cleared a House committee.

Representative Larry Clark (D-Louisville) filed the bill.

It would require the state’s Economic Development Cabinet to provide information on how much money the state gives to private companies for the purposes of job creation.

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker said pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law.

Originally, both chambers pursued constitutional amendments to eliminate the office of constable altogether, spurred by several recent instances of constables abusing their power.

But an agreement not to crowd the fall ballot with constitutional amendments led to the Senate proposal.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Larry Clark says now that the bill’s scope has changed, it has a good chance of making it through the House.