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AG Beshear Tries to Revive Lawsuit Bevin Dropped
Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:50 PM
Kentucky's Democratic attorney general wants to revive a lawsuit the state's Republican governor decided to drop. Gov. Matt Bevin's administration won't defend a state law requiring life insurance companies to verify whether policyholders have died and notify their heirs so they can receive benefits. Several insurance companies have sued, arguing the law cannot be applied retroactively. Bevin ...
KY Insurance Commissioner Ok's Humana-Aetna Merger
Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:15 PM
Kentucky's new insurance commissioner said he has approved Aetna's plan to takeover Louisville-based Humana. The Courier-Journal reports the news emerged Wednesday after commissioner Brian Maynard was asked to explain the approval and why the agency proceeded without first holding a planned public hearing. In a statement, Maynard says the merger was approved after his ...
Academic Standards Review Bill Advances
Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:02 PM
Kentucky Senate Republicans have advanced a sweeping education bill aimed at creating a new review structure for state academic standards. The measure cleared the Senate Education Committee Thursday. The bill is a top priority of Senate Republicans but was opposed by the panel's Democratic members. The bill would create a review of academic standards and assessments ...
Ultrasound before Abortion Bill Advances
Thursday, February 11, 2016 3:25 PM
Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman. The measure cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday. The committee action is the latest effort by abortion opponents to impose conditions prior to abortions. Democratic Sen. Julian M. ...
Ex-Kentucky Governor Taking on His Successor
Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:23 AM
Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is launching a major effort to thwart his Republican successor's health care policies. Beshear announced "Save Kentucky Healthcare" on Thursday, a tax-exempt organization that will pay for an online campaign Beshear says will educate voters about what is happening to health care in Kentucky. As governor, Beshear issued executive orders to expand the state's ...
Bill Takes Aim at Publishing Mugshots on Websites
Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:02 AM
Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill taking aim at the practice of publishing jail mugshots to a website and then demanding money to remove the photos. The bill would allow fines to be imposed against offenders. The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure on Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah, the bill's sponsor, says he's heard from people who lost jobs or weren't ...
House Committee Approves 'Revenge Porn' Bill
Thursday, February 11, 2016 3:48 AM
A Kentucky legislative committee has approved a bill aimed at cracking down on people who distribute sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted. The measure clearing the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is known as the "revenge porn" bill. Supporters say the bill is needed to fill a gap in state law to protect people, mostly women, from the trauma of having ...
House Panel Approves Bill for Horse Industry
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:43 AM
A legislative committee has bet on a longshot bill to provide tax relief for Kentucky's horse industry. The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to give horse owners long-sought tax relief. The measure would exempt horse owners from paying state sales tax on feed, fertilizers, machinery and other items used in their operations. Other livestock sectors ...
KY Cancels Public Hearings after Court Ruling
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:53 PM
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavley has canceled a series of public meetings on the EPA's proposed clean power plan after the U.S. Supreme Court delayed the plan from going into effect. Snavley said in a news release the planned listening sessions were premature because the clean power plan could change or be vacated. He reiterated his opposition to the plan, saying ...
Congressional Art Competition Underway
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:21 AM
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced the launching of the annual art competition to determine the high school student that will represent Kentucky’s First Congressional District in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition in Washington Students wishing to participate should submit their artwork to Andrea P’Pool in the Hopkinsville district office by April 25. Feel free to contact ...
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