Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

Lawmakers urged to update ethics law to combat harassment

Aug. 14, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers were urged by an ethics commission on Tuesday to strengthen their legislative ethics law to fill a void in the fight against sexual harassment surfacing at the state Capitol. The issue caused upheaval during this year's legislative session. The state's Legislative...

McConnell announces re-elect campaign at Fancy Farm picnic

Aug. 4, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Saying it was never too soon to start, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally announced his 2020 re-election bid in his home state Saturday and tapped the young leader of the state's House Republicans as his campaign chairman. The 76-year-old McConnell has said for months...

Teachers to mount insurgency at Kentucky's campaign kickoff

Aug. 2, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Terrie White was happy as a retired teacher in western Kentucky who did not follow the news. But that was before a bill popped up in the state legislature that would have reduced the cost-of-living raises for her pension. Now, as Kentucky politicians prepare to launch their fall...

State lawmakers surviving allegations in the age of #MeToo

Aug. 2, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the #MeToo movement swept across the country, triggering a national reckoning about sexual misconduct, some politicians lost their positions and power amid such allegations. Many others did not. As voters return to the polls this year, The Associated Press has found that scores...

Appeals board sets value of Bevin's home at $2 million

Jul. 31, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An appeals board says the home Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin purchased from a friend and campaign donor last year is worth $2 million. The ruling by the Board of Assessment Appeals was a compromise between Bevin, who is a Republican, and Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator...

Federal court hears appeal in Kentucky abortion case

Jul. 25, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A legal feud over stricter abortion laws in Kentucky reached a federal appeals court, where lawyers for an abortion clinic and Gov. Matt Bevin's administration wrangled Wednesday over requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions. The...

Panel reviews Bevin appeal of higher tax value for his home

Jul. 23, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Round two of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's dispute over the tax value of his home in a high-end Louisville suburb went before an appeals board Monday, as an appraiser defended his review of the property against arguments that his work led to an "overinflated" valuation. The Jefferson...

Many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

Jul. 18, 2018 3:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide. Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office. Of the...

Defeated Kentucky lawmaker sues Republican primary opponent

Jul. 5, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker says the campaign of the woman who beat him in a Republican primary sent out untrue mailers and posted a video that made false accusations. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state Rep. C. Wesley Morgan filed a lawsuit Thursday against Deanna Frazier and others,...

Court throws out defamation verdict against former lawmaker

Jun. 29, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The former Democratic leader of the Kentucky Senate does not have to pay his Republican successor a $200,000 defamation judgment after a state Appeals Court ruled a TV ad he ran in 2014 was accurate and protected by the First Amendment. R.J. Palmer lost to Republican Sen. Ralph...