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Republican State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville said he is undecided on how he will vote on Governor Matt Bevin’s pension reform bill and says some aspects should be revisited - like the 100-hour cap on retirees that return to public service. 

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The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice are launching a new incentive fund for local programs that supervise youth in communities across the commonwealth. 

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Update: Westerfield filed his letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday.  

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More than eight hundred Kentuckians have cleared their records under state senator Whitney Westerfield’s expungement law passed last year.

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Doctors will only be able to prescribe Kentuckians a three-day supply of opioid painkillers under House Bill 333, which now awaits the governor’s signature.

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A bill that would take away some powers from the attorney general and give them to the governor likely will not pass this session. 

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The President of the state Senate has filed a change to a bill that would strip power from the attorney general and give the governor exclusive authority to represent the state in many legal matters.

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Legislation supporting the gathering of information on how minorities are treated in schools, juvenile courts and other institutions won state Senate committee approval Thursday.

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The Kentucky Senate will consider a lengthy criminal justice reform bill after a Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure without testimony and little debate.  

The measure resulting from months of study focuses on ways to move more inmates into productive roles in society and save corrections dollars.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Whitney Westerfield said the legislation will improve public safety. “I think it will hold offenders accountable,”  Westerfeld said. “I think it will reduce recidivism and reduce future crime.”  

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Consideration of a substantial criminal justice reform measure will continue next week in the Kentucky senate.

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