Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

Legislative leaders consider having witnesses take an oath

Jan. 17, 2020 7:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky General Assembly leaders are considering a rule change requiring witnesses who testify during legislative committee meetings to be sworn in under oath to stop a potential spread of false information. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers said...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, right, and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman speak with the media during a press conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear intensified his push for a criminal-justice overhaul, saying rising inmate populations and crumbling prisons are sapping the state of money needed for education and health care, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky governor makes case for criminal-justice reforms

Jan. 17, 2020 7:18 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — I nmate populations and deteriorating prisons are sapping the state of money needed for priorities like education and health care, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. Stepping up his push for criminal justice reform as the “fiscally responsible thing to do," Beshear said Friday...

House Republicans to offer public assistance reform bill

Jan. 17, 2020 12:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Kentucky House are preparing to unveil legislation aimed at increasing the state's workforce by offering transitional support to ease people off public assistance. The measure is expected to be introduced next week and will be House Bill 1, House Speaker...

Kentucky Senate: Have state elections in even-numbered years

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's elections for governor and other constitutional offices would shift to even-numbered years, coinciding with presidential elections, under a proposal overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the state Senate. Attempts to do away with statewide elections in odd-numbered years...

Key Kentucky lawmaker suggests creating pardons commission

Jan. 15, 2020 5:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After a much-criticized flurry of last-minute pardons by ex-Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will try to modify the pardon process. The process has drawn intense scrutiny since Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons...

Rep. Danny Bentley speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., to promote a bill aimed at curbing insulin costs in Kentucky. Bentley is lead sponsor of the bill, which would cap out-of-pocket costs for a 30-day supply of insulin at $100 for many diabetics.  (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmakers promote bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs

Jan. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Retired librarian Kaye Peterson sometimes has to dip into her savings to help pay for her insulin and other prescriptions stemming from her long battle with diabetes. She made a pitch Wednesday for legislation backed by a bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers that would cap...

Sports betting bill gains momentum by clearing House panel

Jan. 15, 2020 11:25 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky picked up bipartisan momentum Wednesday when a House committee voted unanimously to advance the measure that one estimate says would bring in about $22.5 million a year in new taxes. The measure sailed through the House Licensing,...

Former representative to fill Kentucky state Senate seat

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former state representative in Kentucky has won a special election to fill an open seat in the state Senate. Republican Mike Nemes won the election Tuesday night for the district that covers southern Jefferson County and all of Bullitt County, news outlets reported. Preliminary...

Filmmaker Zach Meiners speaks at a rally on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., in support of legislation aimed at effectively banning the practice of conversion therapy in Kentucky. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Bills seek to end 'conversion therapy' in Kentucky

Jan. 14, 2020 6:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Twice a week for four years when he was in high school, gay student Zach Meiners underwent “conversion therapy,” a practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Once the sessions ended, it took almost 10 years before he started...

Health advocates call for action to stem youth e-cig use

Jan. 14, 2020 11:26 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public health advocates rallied at Kentucky's Capitol on Tuesday to push for legislation aimed at reducing smoking and e-cigarette use among young people. A group called the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow urged Kentucky lawmakers to impose an excise tax on the sale of...