Bevin draws mixed reaction to veto of pension bill
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in months, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin intends to reconvene state lawmakers for a special session to confront the state's pension woes after vetoing a bill...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's governor intending to call a special legislative session to deal with a pension bill (all times local):
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at redirecting big legal cases away from a circuit judge who has drawn the ire of Republican leaders is on "life support" after a Kentucky House committee...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate voted Thursday to allow state officials to avoid having their legal cases heard by a circuit judge who has drawn the ire of Gov. Matt Bevin for some of...
Kentucky Senate OKs bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shedding more light on efforts to lobby the state's executive branch.
Bill seeks to send big legal cases to statewide judges
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers overrode objections from Kentucky's chief justice on Monday and endorsed a bill that would let state officials redirect big legal cases away from a...
Top senator touts bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate's top leader on Tuesday pointed to high-profile public corruption cases in pushing for ethics legislation to shed more light on efforts to lobby the executive branch.
Senate President Robert Stivers mentioned federal bribery and kickback cases involving an ex-lobbyist and a former high-ranking state official in advocating for stricter oversight of lobbyists when reaching out to executive branch agencies that craft regulations and award contracts.
Kentucky Senate GOP caucus elects new chairwoman
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate Republican Caucus has elected Julie Raque Adams as its new chairwoman.
Adams defeated fellow Louisville Sen. Dan Seum in an election on Friday. Senators voted by secret ballot in a closed meeting. GOP leaders did not release the vote totals.
GOP leaders opt not to renew LRC director’s contract
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The director of the Legislative Research Commission says Republican leaders have chosen not to renew his contract.
David Byerman posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that his last day will be Sept. 30. He has agreed to act as an adviser until a new director is hired.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Don Parkinson is the new secretary of Kentucky's Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin made the announcement Tuesday morning. Parkinson will replace Hal Heiner, who resigned Monday so Bevin could appoint him to the state Board of Education.
Lawmakers tinker with spending, tax policy on final day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers made a series of last-minute spending and tax policy revisions Saturday before wrapping up the year's tumultuous session, capped by an extraordinary rebuke of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's explosive remarks toward teachers.
The GOP-led Kentucky House approved a pair of resolutions condemning Bevin's comments Friday that children were sexually abused while teachers rallied at the state Capitol.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Taking a cue from their Washington counterparts, Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature voted to revamp the state's tax code on Monday by giving $194 million back to taxpayers but imposing $681 million of new taxes on cigarettes and services like auto repairs.
Opioid tax won’t pass Kentucky Senate, leader says
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate will reject a proposed first-in-the-nation tax on prescription opioids, with the chamber's top Republican leader saying the idea has too many legal problems for it to be in the foundation of a two-year state spending plan.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican state senator in Kentucky's legislature sponsored a bill this year she thought everyone would like: Make pharmacists tell patients how important it is to destroy unused prescription opioids.
No vote on Kentucky pension bill as teachers protest
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of Kentucky teachers cheered Friday as Republican lawmakers decided not to vote on a bill that would cut retirement benefits for one of the nation's worst-funded public pension plans.
The GOP-led Senate was scheduled to vote on the pension bill Friday, but lawmakers quickly called a recess to talk about the bill in private for several hours. They finally emerged shortly after 1:30 p.m. to announce they were sending the bill back to committee for possible changes.
The Latest: Vote on Kentucky pension changes delayed
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a bill in the Kentucky Senate that would reduce retirement benefits for public workers (all times local):
Kentucky lawmakers have decided not to vote on a bill that would cut benefits for retired teachers.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A House-passed revenue proposal that features a tax on prescription opioids and a higher cigarette tax faces tough prospects in the Senate, the chamber's top leader said Friday.
"If you're asking in the form that it's in, I think it will be very difficult," Senate President Robert Stivers said of the narrowly targeted revenue plan that cleared the House on Thursday.
Pension bill won’t include mandatory 401(k)-style plan
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An overhaul of one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems will not include a mandatory move to a 401(k)-style plan because Kentucky legislative leaders say it would not save enough money.
Kentucky lawmakers hint pension plan could be forthcoming
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican leaders in Kentucky's legislature may be close to unveiling a bill aimed at shoring up state pension systems for government employees and school teachers after weeks of work.
Senate President Robert Stivers said Tuesday he anticipates a pension bill will be presented this week. This year's legislative session reaches its halfway point Wednesday.
GOP leaders say pensions, budget to overshadow session
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — First-day pomp quickly gave way to harsh realities for Kentucky's top Republican legislative leaders, who said Tuesday that tough work ahead on a new state budget and proposed fixes to underfunded public pension systems will overshadow this year's General Assembly session.
Stivers: Teachers’ pension system dogged by ‘systemic’ woes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System has been plagued by "systemic" problems that contributed greatly to its chronic funding woes, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday as he defended the General Assembly's record on pensions.
Senate President Robert Stivers said the problem lies with the retirement system, pointing out that lawmakers for years have fully funded the teachers' pension system as required by law.
Kentucky leaders say they have deal on pension plan changes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican leaders announced Tuesday that they have agreed on a plan to change one of the nation's worst-funded public pension systems.
Gov. Matt Bevin has scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference Wednesday in the state Capitol along with fellow Republicans House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers to unveil a proposal the trio has named "Keeping the Promise."
The Latest: Kentucky leaders reach deal on pension plans
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to change the state's public pension system (all times local):
Kentucky's Republican leaders say they have agreed on how to change the state's struggling public pension system.
Gov. Matt Bevin, state House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers will announce the plan Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the state Capitol. All are Republicans.
2nd in command in Kentucky state Senate resigning
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The second-in-command of the Kentucky state Senate says he will resign from his leadership post.
Republican Sen. David Givens says he will step down as the Senate President Pro Tempore on Saturday. Givens said in a news release he was stepping down for family reasons. Givens will remain in the Senate as a member of the Republican caucus.
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he is praying for Givens and his family.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit seeking to block Kentucky's new right-to-work law (all times local):
Top Kentucky Republicans are expressing confidence that the state's new right-to-work law will withstand a court challenge from organized labor.
Gov. Matt Bevin's spokeswoman, Amanda Stamper, calls it a "frivolous lawsuit" that threatens to rob Kentucky families of high-paying job opportunities.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin declared it "the most successful legislative session in history."
But as Kentucky's senators and representatives gaveled their lawmaking effort to a close Thursday, the legacy of the 2017 session remained in flux. Key pieces of the GOP agenda must now hold up in court.
Bill revamping black lung system wins final passage
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers completed quick work Thursday evening on a proposal championed by the Senate's top leader to reduce the beleaguered coal industry's costs to cover claims by workers suffering from black lung disease.
The plan, presented by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers, was in the works for weeks but surfaced on the final day of the 2017 legislative session.
The Latest: Bill revamping black lung system passes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Kentucky legislature's action on a bill dealing with black lung disease (all times local):
Kentucky lawmakers have completed quick work on a bill sought by the Senate's top leader to reduce the coal industry's costs to cover claims by workers suffering from black lung disease.
The measure won final passage in the House on an 86-3 vote Thursday evening.
Bill would set guidelines for removing college board members
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate passed legislation Thursday that would set guidelines for the governor when replacing entire public university boards or individual members.
The measure that cleared the Senate on a 32-6 vote is a response to upheaval at the University of Louisville, which has had multiple governing boards since last year.
Kentucky leaders sued for teachers’ pension woes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Worried about irreparable damage being done to their retirement benefits, a group of public school teachers on Tuesday asked a judge to order Kentucky's top political leaders to "perform their constitutional and statutory duties" by adequately funding the pension system.
The plaintiffs — a group of current and retired teachers — filed the lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court in Frankfort.
GOP keeps same leadership team in Kentucky Senate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans are keeping their same leadership team in the Kentucky Senate as the GOP prepares for a new era of complete control of the General Assembly.
Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester was re-elected by his fellow Republicans for the chamber's top position as leaders for the next two years were announced Monday.
Sen. David Givens of Greensburg was re-elected as Senate president pro tem.