Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

Kentucky lawmaker resigns, citing belief in term limits

Sep. 10, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker known for his opposition to abortion and his advocacy for military issues resigned his House seat Tuesday, citing his belief in term limits. State Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, submitted his resignation in a letter to Gov. Matt Bevin. The governor and Moore...

UofL official faces tough questions on hospital deal

Sep. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A University of Louisville administrator faced tough questioning Monday from state lawmakers delving into details of the school's plan to purchase financially ailing Jewish Hospital. The financing package revealed last month includes the state backing the deal by loaning $50 million...

Attorney 'disappointed' he hasn't heard from McGrath over ad

Sep. 6, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath's Senate campaign missed a Friday deadline set by an attorney seeking a reply to demands from two retired Kentucky coal miners that their images be removed from a campaign ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath's campaign said both men signed...

Kentucky sports radio host takes step toward Senate run

Aug. 29, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The host of a popular Kentucky sports talk show announced Thursday that he's taking a step toward running as a Democrat for the seat of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by forming an exploratory committee. Matt Jones said on his radio show that his decision on whether to enter...

Adkins still mulling possible Senate run in 2020

Aug. 22, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get another Democratic challenger in his reelection bid next year. Kentucky House Democratic leader Rocky Adkins says a U.S. Senate run remains an option for him, but he doesn't plan to announce his decision until after this year's...

Democratic lawmakers to push for minimum wage increase

Aug. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky say they have a proposal that would eventually more than double the state's minimum wage. Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington and Rep. Kathy Hinkle of Louisa say they'll introduce the measure in the House and Senate during the 2020 session. Their...

Lawsuit dropped in case stemming from harassment settlement

Aug. 9, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's former House speaker on Friday dropped a lawsuit demanding that a woman give back the $110,000 she received in a secret sexual harassment settlement involving them. Ex-House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other men — one a current lawmaker, the other a former legislator...

Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

Aug. 8, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Months after Kentucky relaxed its gun laws, some lawmakers want to shift the focus to a proposal meant to keep guns away from people deemed as threats to themselves or others. The bipartisan proposal, still being crafted for next year, was touted by a trio of state senators Thursday...

Board keeps tax value of Kentucky governor's house at $2M

Aug. 6, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A property tax appeals board has agreed the value of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's mansion is still $2 million, after two years of wrangling with Bevin over the question. The Louisville Courier Journal reports the Jefferson County board returned its finding Tuesday. The three-member...

KET founder O. Leonard Press dies at age 97

Aug. 1, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — O. Leonard Press, who built Kentucky Educational Television into a nationally respected model for educational, cultural, historical and public affairs programming, has died. He was 97. In a statement on its website, KET says Press died Wednesday night at Lexington's Central Baptist...