Kentucky Senate

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Kentucky’s higher education institutions would compete for a portion of their state funding under the Senate’s budget proposal, which will be fully unveiled later this week.

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First it was Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, then it was the House, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to weigh in on how to spend the state’s money over the next two years.  

Senate President Robert Stivers says he wants his chamber to vote on a budget Tuesday or Wednesday. 

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Kentucky firefighters are seeking legislative approval to include certain cancers as cause for issuing death benefits to surviving family members. The measure, which allows for an $80,000 death benefit from the state, passed out of a Senate committee last week. 

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The state legislature continues to search for a way to address the $31 million needed to shore up its pension funds for state workers, and teachers.  

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Efforts to provide civil protections for people who break into vehicles to rescue a child or pet are detailed in two bills moving through the state senate.  

Both passed out of the judiciary committee last week.

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The 2016 Kentucky General Assembly session is underway in Frankfort.  Senate majority leaders say they will unveil their legislative agenda Wednesday.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says priority bills are likely to focus on issues such as right to work, medical review of malpractice claims, repealing prevailing wage, and religious freedom. 

Mitch McConnell to Visit Murray, Paducah Tomorrow

Oct 14, 2014

As the November 4th elections come ever closer, Senator Mitch McConnell (R) plans to stop by Murray and Paducah tomorrow.

Absentee Ballots Now Accepted in Most KY Counties

Apr 30, 2014

Most Kentucky counties are now accepting absentee ballots for the upcoming May primary. Those unable to make it to the polls in person may vote in this manner. Citizens can mail in or deliver their ballot to their local clerk’s office. 

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A Kentucky lawmaker is taking issue with proposed legislation aimed at tackling the state’s growing heroin problem. 

Legislation from Republican Senator Katie Stine would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and punish dealers by reclassifying overdose deaths as criminal homicide when there is sufficient evidence. 

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In just over four months lawmakers will be back in Frankfort for a full 60 day session.  This winter, legislators must approve a new two year budget.  While the state finished last year with a budget surplus, Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Bob Leeper doesn’t anticipate any big increase in state revenue.  So, Leeper says building a budget will remain difficult.

“There’s so many factors that are affecting us, what’s happening in the eastern Kentucky coal fields, loss of jobs there, loss of income for people to go out and buy goods.  There’s any number of issues going on worldwide, nationwide that we can’t control,” said Leeper.

House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand sounds a similar tone.  He said the growth predicted by state experts is not as “robust” as they had hoped.

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