Liam Niemeyer

Liam Niemeyer

Liam covers government and policy in Kentucky and its impacts throughout the Commonwealth for the Kentucky Lantern. He most recently spent four years reporting award-winning stories for WKMS Public Radio in Murray.

Beshear vetoes solar decommissioning bill, saying it weakens local control

By: - March 24, 2023

Renewable energy developers have surged into Kentucky in recent years, seeking to establish large-scale solar installations covering thousands of acres with panels to harvest energy from the sun. It’s what happens to these large-scale projects at the end of their lives decades from now that Republican lawmakers have tried to address with a bill that […]

Legislature approves ‘random’ venue changes for Kentuckians challenging state laws, decisions

By: - March 20, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kentuckians challenging the constitutionality of state laws and executive branch decisions could move their lawsuits across the state at random, under a Republican-backed bill approved by the legislature last week. Lawyers representing the state also would be entitled to random changes of venue. The sponsor, Sen. Jason Howell, R-Murray, called Senate Bill 126  […]

Bill making it harder to retire Kentucky coal plants heads to governor’s desk

By: - March 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — A bill backed by Kentucky’s coal industry that would make it harder for utilities to retire fossil fuel-fired power plants received final passage Thursday in the Kentucky House of Representatives, sending the legislation for Gov. Andy Beshear’s consideration.  Senate Bill 4, primarily sponsored by Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, would impose a series of […]

Kentucky legislature passes anti-trans bill 

By: , and - March 16, 2023

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  The Trevor Project, which aims to end suicide among LGBTQ+ youth, also has trained counselors available around the clock. Reach them at 1-866-488-7386, via chat at, or by texting START to 678678.  FRANKFORT — […]

Kentucky House tries to revive anti-trans legislation stalled in Senate

By: - March 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — With time running out in this session, House Republicans tried on Thursday to revive anti-trans legislation that has stalled in the Senate. In a hastily called committee meeting, provisions restricting health care for trans youth were grafted onto Senate Bill 150, described by sponsor Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, as a “parents rights” measure, […]

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Kentucky House approves book challenge bill after multiple attempts to alter it fail

By: - March 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House rejected pleas of some Republicans to add a ban on  public drag shows and some parental rights provisions to a bill mandating a complaint process for parents to challenge school materials they consider “harmful to minors.” Senate Bill 5, primarily sponsored by Sen. Jason Howell, R-Murray, came onto the House […]

Legislation banning state help for federal firearms ban receives final passage

By: - March 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would prohibit law enforcement and public funds in Kentucky from going  toward enforcing any “federal ban” on firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories is headed to the governor’s desk after receiving final approval in the GOP-controlled state Senate.  House Bill 153, primarily sponsored by Rep. Josh Bray, R-Mount Vernon, has faced criticism […]

‘Gray machines’ ban receives final passage in Kentucky Senate

By: - March 14, 2023

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would ban so-called “gray machines” in Kentucky received final passage Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Kentucky Senate and heads to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk.  House Bill 594, sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Nicholasville, saw much less resistance among Republicans than when it was approved by the House last week, passing the upper […]

Medical marijuana bill advances for first time in Kentucky Senate as this session wanes

By: - March 14, 2023

A bill legalizing medical marijuana access for some Kentuckians with chronic illness received a Senate committee’s approval Tuesday as this year’s legislative session enters its final days.  Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Sen. Stephen West, R-Paris, is the latest bill to be filed by the Republican to try to legalize medicinal use of marijuana that […]

House passes tax break for bourbon industry as local governments warn of fiscal ‘devastation’

By: - March 13, 2023

The Kentucky House of Representatives approved a move Monday to gradually end a property tax on bourbon barrels — a vote that divided both political parties — the ramifications of which some local governments say will lead their communities to fiscal “devastation.” House Bill 5, sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, R-Elkton, would slowly lift the […]

Bill mandating process for parents to challenge books, programs in Kentucky public schools advances

By: - March 13, 2023

A controversial bill that would mandate a process in all of Kentucky’s 171 public school districts for parents to challenge materials, programs or events they consider “harmful to minors” received a House committee’s approval Monday in a party-line vote.  Sen. Jason Howell, R-Murray, the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 5, said before the House Education […]

A ‘shell’ bill to regulate Delta-8 THC rushes through Kentucky House

By: - March 9, 2023

FRANKFORT — After a court decision last year legalized an intoxicating compound derived from hemp, a bill to regulate Delta-8 THC sped through the House of Representatives on Thursday.  Delta-8 THC can get a user “high” similar to the Delta-9 THC compound found in marijuana. Some hemp farmers have been trying to find a market […]