Kentucky State Legislature

Government
6:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session

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Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins says if a special legislative session is called for later this year, ethics reform should be on the agenda.

During the session, Jenkins filed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would reconfigure the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which has come under fire after it found former lawmaker John Arnold not guilty of sexual harassment charges, but the Senate didn’t take up that bill.

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Government
6:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill

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A high-profile measure that would enact tougher heroin laws in Kentucky failed to gain traction in the state House in the waning moments of this year's legislative session.

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Congressional Redistricting
12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

State Legislature Begins Special Redistricting Session

FRANKFORT— House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg (left), confers with House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown (right) as House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, looks on.
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It’s day one of what Kentucky lawmakers hope will be a quick special legislative session devoted to creating new redistricting maps. Both Republicans and Democrats have unveiled proposed maps, and lawmakers from parties have said they believe an agreement can be reached by Friday. The latest redistricting effort has dragged on over a year, with one set of maps being thrown out by the state supreme court in 2012. That’s leading some to wonder if Kentucky should consider creating an independent committee that would be in charge of creating new legislative maps every ten years. Daviess County Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson said it’s an idea he’d consider.

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Education
4:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Audio Profile: Governor's Scholars Class

Murray State, Bellarmine College, and Morehead State campuses host the 2013 class of Governor's Scholars, a summer residential program for outstanding rising seniors in Kentucky high schools. The office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise provide financial support so students attend at no charge. The program has grown from about two hundred students at one location in 1983 to over a thousand at three locations this year. The program's core curriculum includes a focus area, or major, general studies, and seminars. Dr. Bella Ezumah of the Murray State Department of Journalism and Mass Communications brought her 18 student class to WKMS and we created this audio portrait together.

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