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The leader of the state Senate is making no promises on whether proposals to increase the cigarette tax and create a tax on pain pills will be considered in his chamber.


Kentucky's top public safety official says the state's prisons will run out of space by May 2019, possibly forcing the early release of thousands of nonviolent inmates as the state continues to grapple with the effects of a nationwide opioid epidemic. 

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says modified legislation to overhaul the state’s public pension systems could be introduced next week.  

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  The Kentucky Senate's top leader says "systemic" problems in the teachers' retirement system are a main factor for the pension system's funding woes.

  Robert Stivers, the president of the Kentucky State Senate, said he’ll ask to intervene in a legal challenge against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma in order to release documents that deal with a settlement the company made with the state in late 2015.

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Republican leaders in both the Kentucky Senate and House are hailing the 2017 session as successful.

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly session has been void of something typically found in the legislative process.

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Kentucky Senate Majority Leadership members are holding their annual retreat in Paducah this year. 

The retreat will allow Senate Republicans a chance to discuss and prepare agenda and priorities for the upcoming legislative session in January.  

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Republicans are keeping their same leadership team in the Kentucky Senate as the GOP prepares for a new era of complete control of the General Assembly.

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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.