Damon Thayer

Bipartisan bill trying to shield Kentucky elections from ‘deep fakes’ clears committee

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — A Senate committee forwarded a bipartisan bill Wednesday aimed at limiting use of “deep fakes” or deceptive artificial intelligence to influence elections in Kentucky.  Two Lexington lawmakers, Republican Sen. Amanda Mays Bledsoe and Democratic Sen. Reggie Thomas, told the Senate State and Local Government Committee Senate Bill 131 is a first step in […]

Despite bipartisan opposition, Senate passes bill changing sick-leave pay for teacher retirees

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — A few Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting against a measure that would change how Kentucky teachers are paid for accumulated sick leave when they retire, but the bill received enough votes to pass Wednesday.  Some Republicans argued Senate Bill 4 was necessary to ensure the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) can continue to pay […]

Republican-backed change to teacher pay for sick days forwarded by committee

BY: - February 7, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite concerns voiced by educators, a Senate committee forwarded a bill Wednesday that would change how teachers are paid for accumulated sick leave when they retire.  In an 8-3 vote, the Senate State and Local Government Committee gave a favorable recommendation to Senate Bill 4. Sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, the bill […]

Kentucky Senate votes to bar college ID as a primary form of voter identification

BY: - January 30, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentuckians could no longer use university-issued identification cards as their primary voter ID under a bill that cleared the Republican-controlled Senate Tuesday along party lines.  Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams decried the legislation, Senate Bill 80, in a Tuesday interview with the Kentucky Lantern ahead of the Senate vote. Looking to the […]

A bill targeting low-income housing vouchers passes Kentucky Senate

BY: - January 24, 2024

A bill that would prevent Kentucky cities from requiring landlords to accept low-income housing vouchers, something housing advocates say doesn’t happen, passed the state Senate Wednesday by a near party line vote.  The debate on Senate Bill 25 echoed much of what was heard in the House the day before as a similar bill won […]

College photo IDs would no longer suffice to vote in Kentucky under bill moving in Senate

BY: - January 24, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that would block Kentuckians from using university-issued IDs to vote has passed out of a Senate committee, prompting the Republican secretary of state to warn members of his party to “be careful not to gratuitously alienate young voters.”  Identification cards issued by universities and colleges to students and employees would no […]

Effort to move Kentucky’s statewide elections to presidential years moves forward in legislature

BY: - January 17, 2024

FRANKFORT — The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that moves the state a step closer to holding its elections during presidential election years. Senate Bill 10 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing Kentucky elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other constitutional officers, in even-numbered years. Senators voted 26-9, with Republican Sens. Adrienne Southworth, of Lawrenceburg, […]

Budget, charter schools and abortion: What to watch for as Kentucky legislature convenes

BY: - December 29, 2023

Lawmakers will gather in Frankfort Jan. 2  to begin work on a state budget in a year when they will face voters at the polls. The 60-day session will see the Republican-led General Assembly consider constitutional amendments to put on the November ballot, as well as pass a two-year state spending plan. It will also […]

‘On the tip of the spear,’ Thayer will stay active in GOP politics, see what universe ‘brings me’

BY: - December 15, 2023

FRANKFORT — Heading into his final legislative session, Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday he’s not planning to sponsor any legislation right now, but a constitutional amendment for “school choice” would be a priority for him.  He also is interested in an anti-crime package, called the Safer Kentucky Act, being backed by Louisville […]

Sen. Damon Thayer, Republican floor leader, will not run for reelection

BY: - December 13, 2023

Sen. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican and the Kentucky Senate’s majority floor leader for a decade, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection. “I have decided not to seek reelection to the state Senate in 2024,” Thayer said. “The end of my current term next year will mark 22 years in the Senate and 12 […]

Online sports betting begins in Kentucky

BY: - September 28, 2023

Kentucky sports fans began placing online bets with mobile phones Thursday morning.  As part of the state’s rollout for legalizing sports betting, mobile applications were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in recent weeks. Users could also pre-register for accounts before Thursday in preparation to make wagers.  Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear […]

Kentucky politicians place their bets as in-person sports gambling opens

BY: - September 7, 2023

LOUISVILLE — In-person sports betting opened to Kentuckians Thursday morning and some of the state’s top politicians celebrated by placing bets — Gov. Andy Beshear at Churchill Downs and Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer at the Red Mile.  Democrat Beshear bet on the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville football teams and against […]