Latest Kentucky state government 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...

Longtime Kentucky Supreme Court clerk to retire

Jan. 17, 2020 4:21 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fixture of Kentucky's Supreme Court for 25 years is retiring. Susan Stokley Clary, the clerk of the Supreme Court, will retire Feb. 1. Clary has been clerk for three chief justices and is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all Supreme Court records. The clerk is...

Officials to begin 3-year study of elk in Kentucky

Jan. 17, 2020 4:18 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Researchers are launching a three-year study of elk in Kentucky. The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming up on the study, which begins this month and will focus on elk reproduction and survival, WFPL radio reported. The...

Kentucky state Sen. Danny Carroll, second from left, promotes a bill targeting illegal immigration on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky. State Rep. John Blanton, left, and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, right, joins him at a press conference to discuss the bill, which would prevent sanctuary policies and require most public employees to use their “best efforts” to help enforce federal immigration laws. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmaker: Changes being made to Kentucky immigration bill

Jan. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Employees on the front lines of helping the sick or victims of sexual assault in Kentucky would be exempted from a high-profile immigration bill under changes its lead sponsor is making. Republican Sen. Danny Carroll announced the pending changes Thursday in response to meetings with...

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...

Leaders urge Kentuckians to join fight against hunger

Jan. 16, 2020 4:56 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky leaders are encouraging people to join the fight against hunger. Gov. Andy Beshear joined lawmakers, advocates and others Wednesday at a Capitol rally to bring awareness to the problem and to gain support for solutions, according to a statement from Feeding Kentucky. The...

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...