Kentucky Legislature

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7:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Committee To Gather Info On Temporary Sales Tax

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Should Kentucky citizens have the right to pass temporary sales tax increases for specific projects in their communities?

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3:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Beshear Calls Lawmakers Back To Frankfort Aug. 19th

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear has issued a call for a special legislative session to begin on Aug. 19 to deal with legislative and judicial redistricting.  He took the action on Thursday.

Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw new district boundaries to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring changes in boundary lines to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.

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7:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Mines Associated With Lawmaker Rack Up Violations

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- An influential eastern Kentucky legislator owns the permits on Pike County coal mines that have repeatedly been cited by the state for safety and environmental violations.

Rep. Keith Hall's Beech Creek Coal Co. and other companies that are mining coal on his permits have been cited since 2010 for dropping rocks on homes, mining outside of permitted areas, water pollution and failing to obey regulations on blasting, reclamation and maintaining slurry ponds.

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12:51 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Graham Named Chairman Of House Education Committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Democratic state Rep. Derrick Graham has been named chairman of the House Education Committee.

Graham, a retired teacher from Frankfort, replaces former state Rep. Carl Rollins who resigned to lead the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the appointment on Friday, saying Graham has dedicated his life to education and has a deep understanding of Kentucky's educational issues.

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11:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Beshear, State Officials Pledge Support For Improvement Projects At UK, And Other State Schools

Upgrades in excess of $100 M could be coming soon to the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium under a plan announced today by Governor Beshear and legislative leaders.
Credit UK Athletics

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor  Steve Beshear, flanked by university presidents, Republicans and Democrats, made the push to authorize $363 million dollars in agency bonds to fund 11 campus improvement projects at universities across the state Thursday morning in Frankfort.

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8:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregory Wins Special Election To Senate Seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Republican state Rep. Sara Beth Gregory has won a special election for a Senate seat from southern Kentucky, defeating Williamsburg teacher and Democrat Bill Conn by more than a 4-1 margin to replace former Sen. David Williams.

In unofficial returns from Tuesday's balloting, Gregory received 6,244 votes to 1,440 for Conn, who was making his first run for public office.

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7:10 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Stivers Gets Nod As Next President Of GOP-Controlled State Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Senate Republicans selected a mountain politician to be their top leader on Tuesday in a move that ensures Kentucky's Appalachian region remains well-represented in the Legislature.

Robert Stivers of Manchester was chosen to become Senate president during a closed caucus in Frankfort. He will replace former Burkesville lawmaker David Williams, who resigned to accept a judicial position in southern Kentucky.

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1:42 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Lawmakers Could Get Chance To Opt Out Of Pensions

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Lawmakers could get an opportunity early next year to opt out of the state's pension system.  State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, has drafted a bill for consideration when the Legislature convenes in January that contains the opt-out provision for incumbent lawmakers while ending pensions for all future lawmakers.

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