Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

Report: Woman said Kentucky lawmaker made unwanted advances

Jan. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The woman who accused Kentucky's former House speaker of sexual harassment said in a deposition that the lawmaker made more than 50 unwanted sexual advances while she worked for the House Republican Caucus, according to media accounts of the woman's testimony. The Kentucky Center for...

Ex-lawmaker resigns job at Kentucky Education Department

Jan. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky lawmaker has resigned from his job at the state Department of Education after his name surfaced in a deposition by the woman who accused the state's ex-House speaker of sexual harassment. Brad Montell said in a social media post on Wednesday that he was stepping...

Kentucky legislature forms bipartisan pension working group

Jan. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After a tumultuous year of failed attempts to change one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature is hitting the reset button. Lawmakers on Friday announced a bipartisan "pension working group" to review the pension systems...

Disputed Kentucky House race centers on 17 absentee ballots

Jan. 11, 2019 3:16 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican-dominated board of Kentucky lawmakers investigating a Democrat's election by a one-vote margin has obtained 17 unopened absentee ballots from the local county clerk's office. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in the November...

Kentucky Senate votes to shift power to select principals

Jan. 11, 2019 2:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Friday to shift the authority for selecting school principals, a move detractors said would weaken the role of school-based decision making councils created by the state's landmark education law. The measure would transfer that power away from the...

Lawmaker hopes state's action lead to demise of Roe v. Wade

Jan. 10, 2019 6:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With Kentucky embroiled in three abortion-related court cases and lawmakers considering tougher restrictions almost certain to draw a legal challenge, a leading Republican senator said Thursday that he hopes the state's actions lead to a Supreme Court review of the Roe v. Wade ruling....

Kentucky lawmakers unveil school-safety measure

Jan. 9, 2019 6:46 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A statewide school-safety measure touted as the Kentucky legislature's top priority this year was unveiled on Wednesday, nearly a year after two students were killed in a shooting at a rural high school in the state. The legislation calls for hiring a state school security marshal to...

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

Jan. 9, 2019 5:39 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. As a new legislative session opens, the measure appeared to be on a fast track in the...

Kentucky panel sets hearing for one-vote election challenge

Jan. 9, 2019 5:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have scheduled a hearing later this month to decide what to do about a former Republican lawmaker who lost his re-election effort by one vote and has challenged the results. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated former Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson in November by one vote....

Senator who had cancer, smoked pot, backs medical marijuana

Jan. 9, 2019 4:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, Kentucky Republican state Sen. Dan Seum said doctors gave him a "nice bottle of Oxycontin," a legal opioid-based prescription painkiller that has led to a spike in overdose deaths throughout the state. "I threw it in the garbage can and went home...