Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

GOP lawmakers offer critical assessment of Kentucky State

Nov. 30, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Key Republican lawmakers offered a critical assessment of Kentucky State University but acknowledged its historic role in higher education as they grapple with requests from the turmoil-ridden campus for help in shoring up the school's precarious finances. Senate...

Stivers: Lawmakers would be ready to tackle redistricting

Nov. 29, 2021 18:43 PM EST

The Kentucky Senate's top leader pushed back Monday against the governor's insistence on seeing redistricting plans before deciding whether to call a special session, saying lawmakers wield the policymaking power to redraw legislative and congressional boundaries. ...

Former lawmaker Sara Beth Gregory running for judgeship

Nov. 15, 2021 04:34 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky lawmaker Sara Beth Gregory has filed to run for a circuit court judgeship next year. Gregory, a Monticello resident, entered the race for circuit judge in the the 57th Judicial Circuit, which includes Russell and Wayne counties in...

Speaker: Lawmakers hope to wrap up redistricting plan soon

Nov. 10, 2021 16:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers hope to wrap up work “relatively soon” on a plan to redraw congressional and legislative boundaries in Kentucky, House Speaker David Osborne said Wednesday. Their supermajority status in the General Assembly puts...

Booker starts Senate bid on promise to help all Kentuckians

Nov. 03, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Democrat Charles Booker promised Wednesday to take his message about the shared interests of all Kentuckians to every corner of the state as he filed to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in next year’s elections. Booker...

Republicans retain 3 legislative seats in Kentucky

Nov. 02, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans retained three Kentucky legislative seats — two in the House and one in the Senate — in special elections on Tuesday. Donald Douglas was elected to the Senate to fill the remainder of Tom Buford's term in a central Kentucky...

Kentucky lawmakers preview abortion bill for 2022 session

Oct. 20, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers outlined their next round of abortion legislation in Kentucky on Wednesday, previewing efforts to strengthen parental consent standards for minors seeking the procedure and create greater oversight of medication-induced abortions. ...

Paul reports raising more than $4 million in past quarter

Oct. 05, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul stepped up his fundraising during the summer, posting his best-ever total as a Senate candidate as he pursues a third term in Kentucky, his campaign said Tuesday. Paul, who will be on the ballot next year, raised more...

Lawmaker seeks permanent funding for full-day kindergarten

Sep. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers voted this year to pump considerably more state money into full-day kindergarten, but the extra spending was limited to just one school year. Now a Republican legislator wants to turn that one-time support into a permanent commitment. ...

Beshear slams Kentucky lawmakers for scrapping mask mandate

Sep. 10, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers grabbed the quarterback role to direct the response to COVID-19, but when it came time to lead, the GOP-led legislature “punted” the decision on mask-wearing in schools to local boards, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday. ...