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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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Kentuckians with certain Class D felonies would be able to clear their criminal records under a bill that the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Thursday.

The legislation would create a process whereby people with Class D felonies could file to have their judgments vacated five years after completing their sentences.

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The Kentucky Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with a doctor at least 24 hours prior to the procedure.

The bill now moves on to the House, which has refused to take it up in the past, although support has been growing in the chamber.

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says a projected revenue shortfall of at least $28 million shouldn’t require state funded agencies to give money back to balance the state’s budget.

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As the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission prepares to meet Wednesday to further discuss the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold, one member of the commission has announced his intention to resign.

Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill

Apr 16, 2014
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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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The leader of the Kentucky Senate would like to see future General Assembly calendars shortened by a third over a two year period. 

Robert Stivers' bill, which won committee approval today, calls for the legislature to meet each January for five days. 

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Democratic Governor Steve Beshear created Kentucky’s health exchange and expanded Medicaid without legislative approval, but if Senate Republicans have their way, the governor will not have that luxury in the future. 

Domestic Violence Bill Passes Out of Committee

Jan 9, 2014

A bill filed that would expand domestic violence protection for unmarried couples in Kentucky has cleared committee and is headed for a vote before the full state House.

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An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is backing the proposal, which would allow public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects. But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

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