Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs Office of the Governor

Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsOffice of the GovernorMEDIA ADVISORYContact: Zach Morgan502-564-2611Zach.Morgan@ky.govMeeting NoticeKentucky Commission on Military Affairs - Executive CommitteeFRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2017) - The Executive Committee of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs will meet next week in Frankfort.Who:Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsWhat:Executive Committee MeetingWhen:Tuesday, June 1310:00 a.m. (EDT)Where:Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs1111 Louisville …

The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

For Immediate ReleaseJune 8, 2017Legislative panel warns of tight budgets aheadCOVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man. “Think about that,” Deputy Secretary for Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Brad Montell said while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations …

HB 410 was written to bring Kentucky into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act by Jan. 1, 2019…

News ReleaseJune 7, 2017New transportation laws being rolled outFRANKFORT – Coming to Kentucky roads this year: surplus military Humvees, three-wheeled vehicles dubbed autocycles and maybe even golf carts modified to deliver online purchases.Legislation addressing these three types of vehicles were among the transportation-related bills passed during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, …

2017 Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Vote: Key Dates To Watch

Above:  Unfortunately the above picture was not taken in Kentucky!   Have you been trying to follow Kentucky marijuana legalization news online and find you cannot figure out if it is legalized or if the bill died in the Kentucky State Senate? Current Kentucky medical marijuana laws were introduced in late 2016 by Kentucky state …

(KY) Senate Week in Review

  Submitted By Reginald Thomas FRANKFORT— It may have been a “short session” in the number of days, but the 2017 Legislative Session was not “short” on important public policy changes. Last week, we completed the 29th and 30th days of the session by voting on significant issues in the areas of education, criminal justice …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

March 31, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol 2017 Legislative session draws to a close FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2017 legislative session on Thursday night after a final swirl of meetings, debate and eleventh-hour votes. After leaving Frankfort for a nearly-two-week veto recess, members of the House and Senate …

Kentucky congressman says ‘Hell No’ to Obamacare replacement bill

By Fernando Alfonso III falfonso@herald-leader.com A tweet from a Northern Kentucky congressman went viral Wednesday afternoon after he used his voting card to double down on his disdain for the American Health Care Act, the Republicans’ attempt to replace Obamacare. Rep. Thomas Massie’s tweet features a photo of his “new” voting card and the words …

(KY) Senate approves bill to tighten reporting of toxicology screenings

For Immediate Release March 14, 2017  Senate approves bill to tighten reporting of toxicology screenings FRANKFORT -- A bill to tighten the reporting of toxicology screenings by Kentucky hospitals passed the state Senate today, clearing its way to become law pending the signature of Gov. Matt Bevin.  House Bill 314, which was approved by the …

Charter school bill passes, goes to governor

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 Charter school bill passes, goes to governor FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Senate and House each voted today in favor of legislation to allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, a supporter of charter schools, to be signed into law. House Bill …

(KY) Who is this legislature working for?

March 14, 2017 As this session of the General Assembly winds down, its recurring theme has been the transfer of power to those who already have it. The dramatic rush of legislation in early January produced the new Republican majority’s crown jewel, a right-to-work law weakening the labor unions that represent Kentucky workers. Since then, …

(3/10/17) Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part …

Kentucky on verge of lifting nuclear moratorium

James Bruggers , @jbruggers 10:23 a.m. ET March 8, 2017 Nuclear critic says no nuclear power plants will likely come to Kentucky any time soon because of their costs A bill that would overturn a three-decade-old law that effectively bars construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky is on the verge of passing the General …

Where key bills stand with seven workdays left in the 2017 General Assembly

By John Cheves jcheves@herald-leader.com Frankfort The 2017 General Assembly enters its final phase Monday as Republican leaders prepare for Gov. Matt Bevin a stack of legislation on university funding, religious expression, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and many other subjects. The Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to continue passing bills through Wednesday, then recess until …

Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review Members of the Senate took action on one of the issues of greatest interest to Kentuckians when we passed a major education bill this week that would begin aligning university funding with the state’s top postsecondary education goals. Senate Bill 153, that I sponsored, changes Kentucky’s historical …

Kentucky Senate approves repeal of Common Core standards in schools

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Jack Brammer vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com The Kentucky Senate on Friday unanimously approved a wide-ranging public education bill that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and establish a new process for reviewing classroom academic standards. Under Senate Bill 1, revisions would be made to the Kentucky academic standards in …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

For Immediate Release February 17, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol February 13 – 17, 2017 FRANKFORT -- Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate. In-state newspapers have recently reported …

Public benefit corporation bill heads to Senate

For Immediate Release February 14, 2017 Public benefit corporation bill heads to Senate FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House has voted 78-17 for a bill that would allow public benefit corporations to do business in the Commonwealth. Should House Bill 35 become law, Kentucky would become one of more than 31 states that allow for the creation of …

Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Trafficking in any amount of fentanyl, a …

Kentucky: House Introduces Constitutional/Permit less Carry Legislation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The Kentucky House of Representatives introduced their own constitutional/permit less carry bill. House Bill 316, sponsored by Representative C. Wesley Morgan (R-81), recognizes Kentuckians’ freedom to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Kentucky concealed deadly weapons license. It is of the utmost importance that this …

(KY) HB 147 College immunization bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 9, 2017 College immunization bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—Whooping cough. Measles. Meningitis. Just hearing these words can strike fear in most any parent or school teacher. But it’s not just young school children who are at risk. College and university students can also get communicable diseases says Dr. Patty Swiney, a …

KDA proposes legislation to help feed the hungry

  Proposals would double tax credit for donated food, strengthen liability protections For Immediate Release Monday, January 30, 2017For more information contact: Angela Blank(502) 573-0450 FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has come forward with legislation to help businesses and .individuals who wish to donate food to organizations that serve hungry Kentuckians. …

Support Sen. Perry Clark: SB57 and SB76 (2017)

Legislation filed by Senator Perry Clark of Louisville, SB 57, seeks to establish a statewide, comprehensive medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 57, The Cannabis Compassion Act, establishes regulations overseeing the establishment of state-licensed dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients. It also permits patients to home cultivate their own supply of medical cannabis. Senator …

(KY) Seven bills passed today by General Assembly, sent to governor

For Immediate Release January 7, 2017 Seven bills passed today by General Assembly, sent to governor FRANKFORT—Seven bills were given final passage today by the Kentucky General Assembly and sent to the governor’s desk. The bills, covering matters ranging from labor unions and their membership to changes in the state’s informed consent and abortion laws, …

Kentucky Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Take Step to Nullify Federal Prohibition

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2016) – A Kentucky Senate bill slated for introduction in 2017 would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Pre-filed by Sen. Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville), BR409 would “protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their practitioners and …

Congressional Republicans Vow To Block Marijuana Amendments

  By Tom Angell on December 5th, 2016 at 10:33 am Don’t count on there being any marijuana votes in the U.S. House next year. That’s the message that Republican leadership in Congress is sending after blocking a number of cannabis amendments from reaching the House floor earlier this year. “The chairman has taken a …

Senator Reginald L. Thomas 2017 Legislative Session Questionnaire

Dear Friend, When the Kentucky General Assembly convenes on January 3, 2017, legislators will be making decisions about public policy that affects you and your family. As your State Senator, I value your opinion and want your input on some issues that may be addressed in the 2017 Session. Please take a few minutes to …

Drug Policy Action Congressional Voter Guide

    U.S. Reps Graded on Seven Bills Affecting Marijuana, Hemp, and New Psychoactive Substances Congressional Support for Drug Policy Reform Surges; Reps Earning Perfect Grade Doubles in Two Years Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 25, 2016.  Today, Drug Policy Action released its 2016 Congressional Voter Guide which grades members of Congress on how they voted on seven …

P3 update delivered to state lawmakers at Kentucky Horse Park

    For Immediate Release October 20, 2016 P3 update delivered to state lawmakers at Kentucky Horse Park LEXINGTON—Three attorneys from different state government agencies gave lawmakers a look today at how Kentucky’s new public-private partnership law will be put to use. The attorneys—one from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, one from the Finance …

KY: Bill to outlaw fentanyl trafficking aired in committee

For Immediate Release October 10, 2016 Bill to outlaw fentanyl trafficking aired in committee GRAYSON—Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman can think of days when Nicholasville has averaged two to four drug overdoses in 24 hours. Much of the blame for that, he told state lawmakers last week, goes to heroin and the abuse of the …

KY: Reginald L. Thomas, State Senator, Fall Update…

Summer seemed to come and go at a brisk pace, and, even though it has just arrived, fall appears also to be moving just as quickly. I enjoy the changing of the seasons. It presents a fitting opportunity to reflect on completed tasks as well as to focus on tasks that still need attending. The …