Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Despite voicing concerns about the legalization of industrial hemp during the 2013 General Session in Frankfort, Gov. Steve Beshear is now asking the president for help on the issue.  Beshear allowed Senate Bill 50, which set up a licensing system for hemp growers, to become law without his signature.

Beshear Asks EPA To Rethink Proposed Coal Regs

Jun 4, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants.

Beshear made the request in a letter to the EPA last week.

The Kentucky Democrat asked the EPA to drop the proposal that would require coal-fired power plants to meet the same emission standards as those that use natural gas or oil.

Beshear Reiterates He Won't Be Taking On McConnell

Apr 15, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear says he won't run against U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell despite encouragement from lots of people do so.

Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference Monday that Democratic leaders continue to urge him to run next year. But the second-term governor reiterated he won't seek election to any other office.

Beshear Appoints Union Leader As Labor Secretary

Apr 12, 2013
Western Kentucky AFL CIO

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a union leader to take over as his labor secretary effective May 15.

Beshear announced his decision Friday to put Kentucky State Building & Construction Trades Council director Larry Roberts in charge of the Labor Cabinet.

Beshear said Roberts previously worked for the Labor Cabinet as director of the Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Training. He once also served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Unemployment Insurance.

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

Jan 24, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Plagued by strained relations with the former Republican leader of the state senate, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday he expects a better rapport now that a new GOP leader is in place.

Beshear told reporters Friday he's "excited" about the prospects for collaboration.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will spend the next few days on a slower travel schedule than usual. Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston reports.

The governor is recovering from what his office calls minor eye surgery to repair a detached retina.

The governor’s office gave few details about the surgery or how the malady occurred. They say it did not result from an injury, but it developed this past weekend.

The surgery will require a limited travel schedule for Beshear, which shouldn’t be much of a problem post Election Day.