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.
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.
Kentucky lawmakers have approved an internal audit of the state’s largest bureaucracy. The bipartisan National Conference of States Legislatures has been selected to audit the state Legislative Research Commission in the wake of scandal.
Kentucky lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues. Incoming Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says there’s no rushed to redraw legislative boundaries because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after the session convenes Jan. 8.