Kentucky Legislature


The outcome of four special elections in Kentucky today could change the political control of the state House of Representatives, the last legislative chamber in the South run by Democrats. If Republicans win all four elections, they would tie the political makeup of the chamber, where Democrats hold 50 seats and Republicans 46. Democrats have held a majority in the House since 1921.

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The Republican leader of the Kentucky House wants a study conducted on the under-funded Kentucky Teachers Retirement System before the 2016 legislature convenes. 

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover sent a letter this week to Governor Beshear urging him to create a task force.

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For the fourth straight year, a bill that would establish medical malpractice review panels has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Six of Kentucky's 38 state senators are women. The ratio is only slightly higher in the House, where women hold 19 of the 100 seats.

And it's possible that after Election Day, the number of women in the Kentucky Legislature will drop even further.

As her first and only term in the Senate comes to a close, Republican Sara Beth Gregory talked about the widening gender gap that looms over the chamber in the coming election. It's an issue that Gregory and others are keeping an eye on.

As Kentucky's circuit judges' eight-year terms come to an end this year, the state legislature and Supreme Court have begun developing a strategy to redraw the state's appellate and circuit courts for the first time in more than 40 years.

In a recent legislative committee meeting, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton announced the start of the judiciary branch's massive redistricting undertaking, starting with an enormous study of each circuit's caseloads and responsibilities to be completed by January 2016.


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.

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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The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days. 

A non-partisan team of seven economists from across the state, The Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group, works up projections used for state budget development and long-range planning by the Governor and the Kentucky legislature.  Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Arthur J. Bauerfeind College of Business, Dr. Jim McCoy has begun work with the Group and we learn more about this, with Kate Lochte.

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A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.