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Brig. Gen. Haldane (Hal) B. Lamberton, who served more than 35 years in uniform, is the state’s new adjutant general appointed by Governor Andy Beshear as his first act as Commander-in-Chief.

Lamberton was sworn into office shortly after midnight, Dec. 10, succeeding Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan who has served in the role since 2015.

“No position is more important in a time of crisis than that of Adjutant General,” said Beshear, during the appointment press conference. “Any Kentuckian can tell you how critical that roll is during any national disaster.”

KyForward

Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by state legislators and constituents today (June 27) and signed nearly a dozen pieces of recently enacted legislation at the State Capitol. Among the acts signed were House bills (HB) 128 and 161 and Senate bills (SB) 4 and 79.

Gov. Bevin has called the General Assembly’s 2017 regular session “the most successful in Kentucky history.”

“The members of the House and Senate came together and passed legislation at a rate and significance that will transform the commonwealth for generations to come,” Bevin  said.

"Fictive Kin" Bill Proposed to Give Kentucky Kids a Safe Home

Mar 6, 2017
Public News Service

A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly expands the state's options for immediate placement of children who are removed from their homes for safety reasons.

House Bill 180 would clear the way for kids to be placed with close family friends, often known as "fictive kin," reducing the strain on the child and the foster-care system.

Tim Feeley, now a deputy secretary in Kentucky's Health and Family Services Cabinet, is a former circuit judge.

Caregiver Bill Aims to Deliver on "There's No Place Like Home"

Mar 6, 2017
Public News Service

A bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature would establish ways to get family caregivers more involved so their aging loved ones can continue living at home.

The Kentucky Family Caregivers Act, Senate Bill 129, makes it a uniform requirement that hospitals contact a designated family caregiver upon a person's discharge, explaining and demonstrating to them medical tasks they may have to perform – such tasks as managing medications, injections and wound care.

Improper Politics

In a statement released today, Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball has announced her support for Governor Bevin’s budget proposal.

"As the State Treasurer, my office knows more than most about the importance of fiscal responsibility,” Treasurer Ball said. “I believe the Governor’s proposal is fair and it addresses the very real budgetary issues the Commonwealth is facing.”

Earlier this week, Treasurer Ball appeared in front of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection and discussed the Treasury’s budget.

Yellow Door Law

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 22 counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

LRC Public Information

Two identical bills that have one goal – helping a Pike County boy and as many as 200 other children who have been denied the same health benefit – cleared a major hurdle today when separate House and Senate committees unanimously approved the legislation within minutes of each other.

Senate Bill 146, which is sponsored by Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, and House Bill 353, which House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed, call on insurance companies to cover a special type of formula needed by those whose medical condition precludes them from eating most foods.

Kentucky.com

Saying that Kentucky’s lieutenant governor needs to be given more authority, state Rep. George Brown Jr. filed legislation today that, if approved, would essentially restore the office’s powers to what they were when the state’s constitution was adopted in 1891.

“In 1992, Kentucky’s voters decided that future governors should pick their running mate before the election, which of course is similar to the way we choose our presidents,” said Rep. Brown of Lexington. 

NC State University

The president of Morehead State University and Kentucky’s other university chiefs don’t mind if there’s a performance-based component to the next state budget for higher education.

In fact, Dr. Wayne Andrews (MSU President) says the Council on Postsecondary Education has suggested such a provision but would like to see it limited to new funding from the legislature.

The CPE is asking lawmakers to restore half the money they’ve cut from colleges and universities since the recession hit in 2008.

Kentucky Legislators Preview 2016 Session

Jan 6, 2016
KET

If you’ve grown weary of hearing about pension liabilities and Medicaid bills, now might be a good time to book that extended vacation to a deserted island.

On the other hand, if you yearn to see state lawmakers engage in further debates about those issues, the next 15 weeks will offer you a nearly endless buffet of political discourse. And it all begins today as the 2016 General Assembly convenes to tackle some of the thorniest challenges legislators have faced in many years.

Word Press

In the days before the General Assembly adjourned for a recess, it passed several key pieces of legislation. The bills, which will benefit businesses, victims of sexual assault, and veterans, have been sent to Governor Steve Beshear for his signature.

House Bill 440 makes important updates and reforms to Kentucky laws governing nonprofit entities, including providing default rules for organizing informal entities and accounting for technological advances, such as email and conference calling.

Beshear Signs Data Protection Bills

Jun 11, 2014
Politico

Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed a pair of bills on Wednesday (June 11) aimed at improving the state’s ability to protect Kentuckians’ data.

House Bills 5 and 232 require the state and private businesses to notify citizens in the event that their collected personal data is compromised by a security breach.

“With more of our sensitive financial and health information being stored on the Internet every day, both government and private businesses have to embrace the latest technology to protect that sensitive information.” –Steve Beshear

Legislative Calendar Adjustment Proposed

Mar 12, 2014
Magazine USA

The leader of the Kentucky Senate would like to see future General Assembly calendars shortened by a third over a two year period. 

Robert Stivers' bill, which won committee approval today (March 12), calls for the legislature to meet each January for five days.  In even-numbered years, lawmakers would gather again in February for another 40 days. 

Current even-year sessions run 60 days. Stivers says the bill would allow for more creativity.

Budget Bills Clear House Committee

Mar 12, 2014
Kentucky Legislature

A number of budget bills are moving through the Kentucky legislature, including a modified version of Gov. Steve Beshear’s biennial budget.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee cleared bills that would fund the state’s legislative, executive, judicial branches for the next two years.

Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne was one of the few lawmakers who voted against Beshear's planned 20.3 billion dollar budget.

Wayne lamented a provision in the bill that would cut funds for indigent health care at the University of Louisville Hospital.

Budget Work Begins In Frankfort

Jan 27, 2014
Kentucky Travel Guide

The Kentucky House will begin work to break down Governor Beshear’s budget this week.  Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand says some subcommittees may begin their review in the next few days.  The governor’s spending plan includes a two and a half percent cut in funding for higher education.

Chairman Rand admits that proposal has already generated some discussion.

Cyber Security Bill Passes House Committee

Jan 24, 2014
In.gov

A Kentucky House committee has unanimously passed a bill that would strengthen cyber security for public agencies.

The measure requires the state to inform citizens if any personal data collected by a state agency has been compromised by hackers. The bill would also add to investigative practices in the event of a security breach.

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen testified in support of the bill. He says it’s the state’s duty to protect citizens’ data.

Heroin Crackdown Legislation

Jan 16, 2014
EMCDDA

Campbell County District Court Judge Karen Thomas says heroin dealers in Kentucky need to be dealt with harshly. Thomas testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of legislation that stiffens penalties for heroin traffickers and also expands education and treatment services. The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Katie Stine of Southgate.

Judge Thomas says the scourge of heroin is widespread…

Abortion Consultation Bill Filed By Legislators

Jan 12, 2014

Several Democrats in the Kentucky House have filed a bill that would make it a felony for doctors not to consult with patients seeking abortions a day before the procedure. The bill is one of many filed this year that would limit abortion access.

House Bill 184, which was introduced by Democrats, enjoys overwhelming support from Republicans, with over 50 sponsors. It's the type of bill that could rally conservative voters behind any supporting lawmakers ahead of a busy election season.

The majority floor leader in the Kentucky Senate is warning his colleagues in both chambers to refrain from making pledges of additional funding for various programs and services in the next state budget.

Republican Damon Thayer of Scott County says it’s more than a month before legislators will convene to craft Kentucky’s next two-year spending plan and the requests are already mounting.

He says the list includes education, circuit court clerks, emergency operation centers, Kentucky Supreme Court and many others.

Lawmakers To Discuss Redistricting

Aug 19, 2013
KYEstates.com

Kentucky lawmakers will try once again to establish legislative boundaries this week in Frankfort.  A first attempt to redraw house and senate boundaries based on 2010 census figures was ruled unconstitutional.  Lawmakers tried again early in 2013 to no avail. 

Al Cross, a long time print journalist and current Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at UK, believes the latest legislative maps from each chamber don’t ruffle too many political feathers.

Friday, August 16

Aug 19, 2013
MSU

The Kentucky Legislature begins its special session on redistricting Monday. Attorney General Jack Conway says he doesn’t think the company planning to build the Bluegrass Pipeline has the right of eminent domain…and Ohio’s July unemployment rate holds steady at just over seven percent. 

Kentucky's Science Standards Could Evolve

Aug 5, 2013
Education News

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky. The new standards are based around scientific research and include more lessons around climate change and evolution, among many other topics.