Kentucky Senate

Government
1:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mitch McConnell to Visit Murray, Paducah Tomorrow

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

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Government
3:49 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Absentee Ballots Now Accepted in Most KY Counties

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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Government
4:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Senator Clark Says Proposed Heroin Legislation is "A Bad Bill"

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

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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State Budget
1:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Kentucky Senators Expect 2014 Budget To Be A Difficult One

FRANKFORT— Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (left), confers with Senate Democratic Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kentucky Senate.
Credit Kentucky LRC

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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Politics
3:28 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Senators-elect Westerfield, Humphries Named Senate Committee Chairs

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Republican Kentucky Senate has completed its shake-up, after announcing new committee chairs today. Among the appointees, the caucus named Senator-elect Whitney Westerfield, of Hopkinsville, chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator-elect Stan Humphries, of Cadiz, chair of the Capital Planning Advisory Board.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination

Independent state Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah says he knew his failed bid for the senate presidency was a long shot, but he wanted to give senate members a choice.  He says his lack of party affiliation likely factored into his failed nomination.

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Government
10:47 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Ky. Senate Republican Leaders to Caucus on Next Senate President

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

Senate Republican leaders meet next week to caucus on Kentucky's next Senate president. The Courier-Journal reports the GOP meet Tuesday to vote on who they support in the role: Republican Sen. Robert Stivers, who has served as floor leader for the past four years, or Independent Sen. Bob Leeper, who has served as Senate budget committee chairman.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President


Kentucky’'s lone Independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president.

Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.

Now, he'’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure

Credit www.lrc.ky.gov

Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.  Williams will resign Friday to take a circuit court judgeship, which leads to a vacancy in the Legislative Research Commission. No decision was made on a permanent leader for state Senate.

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Politics
8:56 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Stivers has Support for Senate Presidency

Credit KY LRC

Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers is getting plenty of vocal support to succeed David Williams as Senate president. This comes days after Williams said he was resigning to take a circuit judge position. 

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