Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

Beshear pushes for major investments in schools and new jobs

Jan. 13, 2022 20:38 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor pitched sweeping budget proposals Thursday evening as “bold investments” to bolster the state's competitiveness, calling for more spending on economic development, social services and his plan for state-backed universal preschool. ...

Kentucky governor signs tornado-relief legislation

Jan. 13, 2022 17:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signed tornado-relief legislation Thursday that will trigger an immediate infusion of aid for schools and residents left homeless by deadly storms that hit Kentucky last month. Beshear and lawmakers said more rounds of assistance will be...

Bill giving schools 10 remote learning days heads to Beshear

Jan. 13, 2022 17:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s General Assembly passed a bill Thursday that gives school districts up to 10 days of remote learning for the 2021-2022 academic year. The legislation, which now heads to the governor's desk, also extends some COVID-19-related emergency orders to...

Kentucky lawmakers pass tornado-relief legislation

Jan. 12, 2022 18:38 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Tornado-relief legislation sailed through the Kentucky legislature Wednesday, offering an immediate round of aid for schools and residents left homeless by the deadly storms last month. More rounds of assistance will be forthcoming, lawmakers said in...

Bill advances to recover state investment in mill project

Jan. 12, 2022 17:11 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers signaled Wednesday that their patience is wearing thin with an aluminum company's long-stalled promise to build a massive plant backed by a state investment. A bill that would set in motion efforts to recover the state's $15 million...

Beshear outlines proposals for economic development, tourism

Jan. 11, 2022 18:35 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to build on Kentucky's economic momentum, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday proposed pumping money into developing new industrial development sites and building an Appalachian research center to promote the state's agritech sector. The governor also...

Kentucky Senate passes bill adding remote instruction days

Jan. 11, 2022 17:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would provide up to 10 more days of remote instruction for use at the school, classroom, grade or group level for the 2021-2022 academic year. It now heads to the House. The legislation does not provide for...

Beshear proposes state pre-K funding for every 4-year-old

Jan. 10, 2022 17:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday proposed a massive budget increase for Kentucky education, calling for state-funded preschool for every 4-year-old as he looked to reshape the debate after House Republicans preempted him with their own spending plan. The...

Kentucky lawmakers plan to fast track tornado-recovery aid

Jan. 08, 2022 16:53 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers will take up tornado-recovery legislation Monday, with the goal of quickly distributing an initial round of assistance, House Speaker David Osborne said Saturday. The newly introduced legislation proposes $200 million of aid in response to...

Senate passes bill shifting key school governance decisions

Jan. 08, 2022 16:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate passed a top-priority bill Saturday to shift key school governance decisions to superintendents and away from school-based decision-making councils. The legislation would give local school superintendents the authority to choose curriculum...