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House Passes Bill to Create Elective Bible Courses
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:45 PM
The Kentucky House has passed legislation aimed at creating elective Bible literacy courses in public schools. The bill would require the state Board of Education to establish policies for local school boards that choose to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew texts and New Testament. The measure passed the House on an 80-14 vote Thursday and now goes to the Senate. Rep. DJ ...
Bill Would Split Local Pension Funds from KRS
Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:10 AM
Local government pension funds would break away from the Kentucky Retirement Systems under a bill headed to the Kentucky Senate after winning committee approval. Republican Sen. Joe Bowen of Owensboro, the bill's lead sponsor, says the separation would allow state leaders to focus on chronic funding woes for state pension funds. The bill approved Thursday by the Senate State and Local ...
Beshear: Tips Coming in on Elder Abuse Tip Line
Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:59 PM
Attorney General Andy Beshear says the state's Elder Abuse Tip Line is getting more tips now that calls are being answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Beshear worked with his staff to expand the hours of the call line nearly a year ago. Previously, callers could leave messages during nights and weekends that staff would retrieve the next work day. Beshear said the tip line has received ...
Bill Would Require Schools to Buy Defibrillators
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:24 AM
Kentucky's public schools would have to purchase portable defibrillators under a bill that has passed the state House of Representatives. Lawmakers approved House bill 252 by a vote of 92-2 on Friday. The bill requires each school council or principal if there is no council to purchase a defibrillator by the 2019-2020 academic year. It also requires the schools to adopt policies on how to use ...
Dems Tap Former Kentucky Governor to Counter Trump
Friday, February 24, 2017 9:17 AM
Democrats have tapped former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. That's the word on Friday from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. They also announced that immigration activist Astrid Silva will deliver the Spanish language response to the ...
House Votes to Increase Police Incentive Pay
Friday, February 24, 2017 9:11 AM
The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that would permanently increase annual incentive pay for police officers. Lawmakers approved House bill 60 by vote of 95-0 on Friday. The bill now heads to the state Senate. The bill would permanently increase police officers' incentive pay to $4,000 from $3,100. Lawmakers did this last year, but it was part of the biannual spending plan ...
Bill Making it Easier for Felons to Get Jobs OK'd
Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:13 AM
A Senate committee has advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for Kentuckians with criminal records to land jobs in an effort to reduce the state's prison population. Criminal offenders could no longer be automatically denied a state-issued occupational license under the bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The bill has the backing of an unusual coalition of ...
Protesters Interrupt McConnell Speech
Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:10 PM
Two protesters interrupted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech before a suit-and-tie crowd at a local chamber of commerce luncheon to demand he speak with them. McConnell has made three days of public appearances in Kentucky that required attendees to have tickets. Both protesters, who did not identify themselves, were quickly escorted out of the room. McConnell quipped, "I ...
Bevins Pay Property Taxes, Penalties on Home
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:22 PM
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have paid their property taxes and nearly $2,000 in penalties for paying the bill late. WDRB-TV reports Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Financial Officer Terri Geraghty said the payment totaling $11,080.03 was mailed in and was processed on Tuesday. The Bevins' Louisville home, which has an assessed value of nearly $700,000, had an ...
Bill Lets Governor Remove College Board Members
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:52 PM
A state Senate committee has approved a bill that clarifies when and how the governor can remove board members for public colleges and universities. Senate Bill 107 would allow the governor to replace board members if the board is out of balance racially or politically. The governor first must try to resolve the issue by letting terms expire and appointing new members. But if that would take ...
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