2017 Kentucky General Assembly

Judge Dismisses Charge Against GOP Lawmaker In Kentucky

Aug 2, 2017
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A Kentucky state lawmaker criticized for trying to pass legislation that would have benefited his liquor store business has been cleared of a criminal charge filed against him earlier this year.

Republicans Hail 'Transformative' 2017 Session

Mar 31, 2017
Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky Republicans rounded out their first legislative session since securing control of the House of Representatives by passing a new anti-drug measure, approving gubernatorial appointees, and okaying an eleventh hour $15 million request for an unnamed economic development project.

Josh James / WUKY

While Gov. Matt Bevin has shown he's not shy about exercising his veto powers, the Republican-led General Assembly appears ready and willing to respond in kind during the final two days of the regular 2017 session.

Bevin Gets Out His Veto Pen

Mar 28, 2017
Associated Press

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed three bills and a portion of a fourth bill passed by the new GOP-controlled legislature.  Records show Bevin issued his vetoes on Monday. Lawmakers could override those vetoes when they reconvene on Wednesday for the final two days of the legislative session.

Josh James / WUKY

Lawmakers are working against the clock to find consensus on a number of bills from charter schools to Real ID Wednesday, their final chance to pass legislation before the governor weighs vetoes.

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The United States Constitution spells out two processes for amendments, but so far in the document’s 230-year history only one has actually been used. Now, there’s a steady drumbeat in state legislatures – including Kentucky’s – to invoke the second.

Josh James / WUKY

Attorney General Andy Beshear would see his powers scaled back under a bill substitute filed by Senate President Robert Stivers. The late-breaking change adds more fuel to an ongoing political clash between the top law enforcement official and leading Republicans.

Josh James / WUKY

A bill making the targeting of police officers and other first responders a hate crime is on its way to the governor's desk.

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Kentucky is close to lifting a decades-old moratorium on nuclear waste storage in the state. While Senate Bill 11 also clears a path for the construction of nuclear power plants, a reactor in the commonwealth would still be a long way off.

Josh James / WUKY

Animal advocates say lawmakers need to put more teeth into animal cruelty legislation or risk perpetuating the state's persistently low national rankings. Visitors - of the human and canine variety - brought that message to Frankfort Tuesday.

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