Latest Robert Stivers News

Kentucky voter ID bill clears Senate, heads to House

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters would be asked to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, under a bill that won state Senate approval Thursday — but the legislation provides some exceptions. People lacking photo IDs could present debit or credit cards or Social Security...

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...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 Bowling Green Daily News on a bill that could hurt local newspapers: Newspapers are businesses just like any other. Many of us who work at newspapers have families and children. We all pay city, state and federal taxes just like other businesses, we have...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the State of the Commonwealth Address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky governor reaffirms support for teacher pay raise

Jan. 14, 2020 9:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reaffirmed his support for a teachers' pay raise and made a pitch to overhaul a criminal-justice system soaking up too much of the state's money as he delivered his first State of the Commonwealth speech to the Republican-dominated legislature. Speaking to a...

Kentucky Sen. President Robert Stivers, right, in the plaid sweater, works with state Rep. Matthew Koch on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., to help fill bags of food for schoolchildren at risk of hunger. Organizers said the goal was to distribute 2,100 bags of food to 18 schools or Head Start programs across Kentucky. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmakers help distribute food to children facing hunger

Jan. 13, 2020 5:16 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers assembled bags of food to be distributed to children at risk of going hungry at an event planned by a House leader who remains hospitalized. Lawmakers from both parties formed assembly lines Monday to put pasta, canned vegetables, pudding cups, juice boxes and other...

Immigration surfaces as issue in Kentucky legislature

Jan. 9, 2020 5:22 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The volatile illegal immigration issue has reached into the Kentucky legislature with a Republican-backed bill aimed at preventing sanctuary policies at the local level and requiring most public employees to use their “best efforts" to help enforce federal immigration laws. A...

Kentucky Sen. Robin L. Webb, D-Carter, speaks with Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Fayette, during the opening session of the Kentucky State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Budget looms as key issue as Kentucky lawmakers convene

Jan. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers convened Tuesday to begin a 60-day session that will be dominated by the challenge of passing a new two-year state budget amid competing demands and limited revenues. A flurry of bill introductions highlighted opening day in the House and Senate. Among the stacks of...

Kentucky Senate leader plans Purdue Pharma settlement probe

Dec. 19, 2019 4:16 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate's top leader said Thursday he plans to forge ahead with a proposal calling for an investigation into the state's $24 million settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters that it's uncertain yet who would...

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, foreground left, gives the oath of office to Andy Beshear to become the state's governor in Frankfort, Ky., early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Holding the Bible is Beshear's wife, Britainy (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)

Kentucky's new Democratic governor hits the ground running

Dec. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just days into his term as Kentucky's governor, Democrat Andy Beshear already has checked off some big priorities from his to-do list: a new state school board installed; the education commissioner gone; more than 140,000 nonviolent felons' voting rights restored. Now comes the hard...