2017 Kentucky General Assembly

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A charter school bill backed by Gov. Matt Bevin cleared one half of the legislature Friday, but not without sparking an animated floor debate in the House.

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A charter school bill is back on track in the Kentucky General Assembly, according to its sponsor. Earlier indications this week suggested the measure had hit roadblocks.

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A bill solar energy advocates worry could dampen enthusiasm for the alternative power source and discourage future adopters in Kentucky is likely dead for the 2017 legislative session.

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When it comes to the percentage of women breaking the glass ceiling in the state legislature, Kentucky continues to lag behind the national average. But there are reasons to think the numbers could be on the move in the coming years.

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