government

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate passes three Democratic bills

BY: - February 23, 2024

FRANKFORT — Three Democratic-sponsored bills passed out of Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate Friday morning.  Two of the bills, Senate Bills 48 and 14, received unanimous approval and the third, Senate Bill 45, gained 32 votes from Republicans and Democrats, with three GOP senators voting no. With 23 days left for lawmakers to meet, these were the […]

Beshear calls for an amendment on redistricting though passing it would be ‘challenging’

BY: - December 14, 2023

After the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed redrawn congressional and legislative districts Thursday morning, Gov. Andy Beshear said a constitutional amendment should be pursued but noted it would be “challenging” to pass through the General Assembly.  Beshear, a Democrat, said in his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon that he had not read the entire 78-page opinion […]

Members of U.S. House GOP describe threats sparked by votes against Jim Jordan for speaker

BY: and - October 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nebraska GOP Rep. Don Bacon said his wife slept with a gun for protection after she received threatening phone calls demanding that her husband support Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid for U.S. House speaker. Bacon was among a handful of members who reported threats and the targeting of family members after opposing the […]

New Kentucky laws take effect: Health, education, sports wagering and more

BY: - June 29, 2023

Many of the laws passed by the General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session will go into effect Thursday, but not all of them.  For a bill to become a law in Kentucky, both the state Senate and House of Representatives must give a majority vote in favor of the bill. The governor may sign […]

Kentucky executive branch employees barred from using TikTok on state devices

BY: - January 13, 2023

Time’s up for TikTok on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s technology devices.  All of Kentucky’s executive branch employees are barred from using TikTok, a social media app and website for short videos, on state-issued devices. The new rule comes as bills for a similar ban move through the state legislature.  TikTok, a platform where content creators […]

Kentucky counties and cities get first installment of money from national opioid settlements

BY: - January 10, 2023

This article is republished from Kentucky Health News, a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky’s cities and counties have received their first installment of the state’s money from the national opioid settlement, most of which must be used to combat the opioid epidemic. Knox County Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell […]

COMMENTARY

Kentucky politicians of both parties patting themselves on the back for state surplus

BY: - January 9, 2023

FRANKFORT — I’ll say this for the pleasant delusion that has settled over the Capitol like Kentucky River fog: It’s bipartisan.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle appear convinced that their virtuous policies and economic acumen account for state government’s record-high revenue surplus. No one gives credit where credit is due — to the […]

What can Kentucky do to prepare for the next pandemic or epidemic? Experts weigh in.

BY: - December 1, 2022

Even as Kentucky reels and recovers from COVID-19 in what some have touted as the “new normal,” experts say there are systemic steps we could take now to prepare for the next big health crisis.  Chief of all, experts told the Kentucky Lantern, is building trust between the general public and health officials, the shortage […]