Senate President Robert Stivers

Politics
2:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Stivers Says Rising Property Values Could Decrease Need for Education Funding

Credit KY LRC

State Senate President Robert Stivers says rising Kentucky property values could ease the demand for school funding.

The Republican says he's open to increasing the state’s share of elementary and secondary education money. Education leaders are pressing lawmakers to restore funding to pre-recession levels. The Department of Education wants $336 million from the Commonwealth for the two-year budget cycle that begins in July.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President Stivers Tells Expanded Gaming Proponents To Unify

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker said pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Senate President Hires Former Fletcher Aides

Credit Kentucky LRC

Kentucky’s Senate President Robert Stivers has now hired two of former Governor Ernie Fletcher's aides to serve on his leadership staff.

Earlier this month, David Fleenor came on board as Stivers' attorney. Fleenor, who had served as general counsel to Fletcher, replaced Harland Hatter, who took a position in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Senate Approves Electronic Voting Bill That Requires Snail Mail Returns

Credit KY LRC

The state Senate has passed a bill that allows Kentucky military personnel to register to vote and receive ballots electronically—but they'll have to use snail mail to send the ballots back.

The bill's authors wanted to let deployed Kentuckians vote electronically, but State Senate President Robert Stivers doesn't believe that would be safe.

"If somebody does something to my bank book by electronic means I'll know it," he said."If I  happen to get a lesser tax bill or greater tax bill I will know it. Once you cast your ballot, there's no way to know what happened to that ballot."

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2013 KY General Assembly
10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill Dealing With Medicaid Late Payments Has Support in Senate

A bill  moving Medicaid late payment claims to the Department of Insurance appears to have some support in the state Senate.

House Bill 5 would take prompt pay issues with the Medicaid managed care system and put it through the Insurance Department's current claims process. Currently, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services deal with late claims.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions

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Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Stivers Pledges to Get Military Voting Bill Filed

Senate President Robert Stivers says he intends to file legislation to ensure that Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas can cast ballots back home. The designation "Senate Bill 1" has been reserved for the proposal, signifying it is the Senate's top priority, but the legislation wasn’t filed as of Thursday, and the deadline is today.

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Politics
6:43 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Legislative Leaders Say They Don't Favor Local Option Sales Tax

Kentucky's top two legislative leaders say the local option sales tax isn't likely to come up this year. The local option would allow cities and counties to put temporary sales tax increases to a public vote. It would typically be used to pay for infrastructure projects.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are the major forces behind the option, and a bill amending the state Constitution to allow it has been filed in the Senate. But Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber doesn't want to put more tax burdens on individuals.

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Politics
1:54 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Spirits Sellers to Legislators: Don't Wait for Appeals Ruling For New Liquor Law

If a federal judge's ruling goes into effect, businesses that sell liquor in Kentucky may see increased competition — and those businesses are encouraging legislators to act before an appeals  decision comes down.

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Politics
11:33 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Undecided On Whether to Delay Redistricting

Kentucky legislative leaders say they haven't responded yet to Gov. Steve Beshear’s request to delay General Assembly redistricting in the 2013 session.

Senate President Robert Stivers says his leadership team has not yet decided on a response and that many in his chamber are conflicted on when to address redistricting.

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