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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo, Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks during a news conference in Frankfort, Ky. Budget negotiators will present Kentucky legislators with only a one-year state spending plan, reflecting financial disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, key lawmakers said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. “In these times of both health and financial insecurity, we believe it to be the most prudent decision,” said McDaniel, chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Kentucky lawmakers to take up 1-year budget due to pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a rare move prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, budget negotiators will present Kentucky legislators with only a one-year state spending plan that holds the line on the main K-12 school funding formula, key lawmakers said Tuesday. Lawmakers traditionally pass a two-year budget,...

FILE - In a  Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, calls the Senate to order during he opening day of the Ky. State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers warned that a contracting economy due to efforts to contain the virus' spread will hurt tax revenue collections. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Top lawmakers open negotiations on new Kentucky budget

Mar. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's legislative leaders warned Monday of the severe challenges to crafting a new state budget as the coronavirus shrinks state tax collections and inflicts other economic damage. House and Senate budget negotiators began the task of seeking agreement on a two-year state budget...

Kentucky Senate passes its version of new state budget

Mar. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed its version of a new state budget that braces for an expected downturn in tax collections as the new coronavirus inflicts damage on the economy. The Senate action was another phase in the budget-writing process. The next step will occur when...

Senate panel advances budget plan amid talk of virus impact

Mar. 18, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican senators unveiled their version of Kentucky's next budget at a committee hearing where talk turned to the impact the new coronavirus will have on state tax collections and spending needs. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee advanced the revised spending plan...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, file photo, Ted Sandmann, left, and his attorney Todd McMurtry speak with reporters in Frankfort, Ky., about a bill moving through the state legislature that would make it a crime to share personally identifying information about a minor online with the intent of harassment or intimidation. Sandmann is the father of Nick Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School who was vilified online for his interaction with a Native American protester in Washington. The Kentucky Senate passed legislation Monday, March 2, 2020, that would make it a crime to spread personal information of a minor online with the intent to harass, abuse or frighten. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Senate OK's bill to protect minors from online harassment

Mar. 2, 2020 8:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It would be a crime in Kentucky to spread personal information of a minor online with the intent to harass, abuse or frighten, under a bill the state Senate passed Monday. The legislation stems from an interaction between Kentucky teenager Nick Sandmann and a Native American activist...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks with reporters  in Frankfort, Ky as he conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat challenger Andy Beshear. The Kentucky Senate has advanced a proposal to prevent governors from issuing last-minute pardons before leaving office. The proposed constitutional change is a response to a flurry of controversial pardons by the previous governor, Republican Matt Bevin. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky Senate advances proposal to limit pardon powers

Feb. 26, 2020 5:55 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Responding to an outcry over former Gov. Matt Bevin's flurry of last-minute pardons, the Kentucky Senate advanced a proposed constitutional change Wednesday to prevent his successors from doing the same thing in their final days in office. In pushing for the proposed constitutional...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Feb. 26, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Feb. 25 The Bowling Green Daily News on a medical marijuana bill facing the Senate: We believe that people who are suffering from terminal illnesses that cause immense pain should have options to help mitigate that pain. No one with a terminal illness should have to...

Kentucky Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, left, chats with fellow Sen. Damon Thayer during a State and Local Government Committee meeting at the state capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The legislative panel gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposed constitutional amendment to put limits on a governor's power to grant pardons or commute sentences. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Panel advances proposal to limit gubernatorial pardon powers

Feb. 19, 2020 7:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Responding to an outcry over some of the previous governor's pardons, a Kentucky legislative panel gave initial approval to a proposal to put limits on the pardon powers of his successors. The measure cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. It would amend...

Executive: Kentucky aluminum plant project still needs $500M

Feb. 11, 2020 5:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company that promised a $1.7 billion aluminum plant in Appalachia still needs a $500 million cash infusion to do the job, the new CEO told Kentucky lawmakers Tuesday, following a corporate management shakeup. Braidy Industries officials appeared before the Senate Appropriations and...

FILE - In this April 26, 2107 file photo, Braidy Industries Inc. CEO Craig Bouchard, right, and Republican Gov. Matt Bevin speak with reporters in Wurtland, Ky. Braidy Industries said Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020,  that its chairman and CEO, Craig Bouchard, would step down from that role but would remain a member of the company's board of directors. The company offered no reason for the change, which comes at a crucial time for efforts to build the mill near Ashland. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Kentucky lawmakers want to hear from Braidy Industries

Feb. 4, 2020 7:07 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers want to hear from an aluminum company embroiled in a management shakeup as it tries to complete financing for a long-promised $1.7 billion plant in Appalachia. Sen. Chris McDaniel, chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee, said Tuesday that he...