Kentucky general Assembly

Decision in eligibility challenge against Democratic lawmaker could come next week

BY: - April 17, 2024

LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge could make a ruling as early as next week about whether or not a sitting member of the Kentucky House of Representatives can appear on the May primary ballot.  Rep. Nima Kulkarni, a Louisville Democrat who represents the 40th House District, filed earlier this year to seek […]

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats prepare to face off on ‘school choice’ amendment

BY: - April 16, 2024

FRANKFORT — As the dust settled on the General Assembly’s 2024 session, Republican and Democratic lawmakers began gearing up for a fierce fight on a constitutional amendment to allow public dollars to go to private schools. The amendment will be on the ballot this November.  Putting the question to voters had been a GOP priority […]

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Defending DEI against legislative threats is vital to the future of Kentucky

BY: - March 29, 2024

This commentary was written by the editorial boards of the College Heights Herald, the Eastern Progress, the Murray State News, the Louisville Cardinal, The Northerner, the Thorobred News and the Kentucky Kernel. Kentucky state legislators have put forth an attack on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the commonwealth’s public university campuses, failing to recognize […]

Pastoral counselors added to school ‘guardian’ bill as it clears House committee

BY: - March 26, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill authorizing armed “guardians” to fill vacant law enforcement positions in Kentucky schools was passed by a House committee Tuesday morning with several new additions, including one allowing pastoral counselors in schools.  Discussion among House Education Committee members largely centered on an amendment for Senate Bill 2 from Irvington Republican Rep. Josh […]

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The rise of the ‘Frankfort Knows Best’ legislature

BY: - March 26, 2024

It is said that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind.  That is nowhere more apparent than with the Kentucky General Assembly and its occasional respect for local governance. Lawmakers purport to respect “local control” and to value home rule — the idea that, within limits, communities and their local elected officials […]

Three finalists named in Kentucky’s education commissioner search

BY: - March 11, 2024

The Kentucky Board of Education has named three finalists in its search for the next education commissioner.  The candidates are Eminence Independent Schools Superintendent Buddy Berry, Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Robbie Fletcher and Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Executive Director Jim Flynn, according to a Monday announcement from the Kentucky Department of Education.  The board […]

House committee OKs bill to make interrupting legislative proceedings a crime in Kentucky

BY: - March 6, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentuckians could be charged with a new crime — “interference with a legislative proceeding” — under a bill backed Wednesday by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. The committee’s Democrats passed their votes on House Bill 626.  The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, said the legislation was written with three scenarios in […]

Senate advances GOP bill paving the way for school ‘guardians’

BY: - March 5, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite opposition from Republicans and Democrats, a GOP-backed measure that paves the way for school districts to hire “guardians” to fill vacant law enforcement officer roles on school campuses passed out of the Kentucky Senate Tuesday.  Senate Bill 2, sponsored by  Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville,builds upon his 2019 School Safety and Resiliency Act that […]

Republicans and Democrats futilely oppose partisan Kentucky school board elections bill

BY: - March 5, 2024

FRANKFORT — More than a dozen senators — both Republican and Democratic — voted against a bill that would create partisan Kentucky Board of Education elections, but the measure ultimately passed the Senate Tuesday.  In a vote of 24-14, the Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill that would transform the appointed board into an elected one. The […]

House Education forwards ideas looking at management of Kentucky schools

BY: - March 5, 2024

FRANKFORT — The House Education Committee gave approval to two pieces of legislation that would look at the management of public schools in Kentucky.  One bill would take a deep dive into the Kentucky Department of Education’s programming while a resolution opposed by Louisville school officials would create a task force to review Jefferson County Public […]

Kentucky child care ‘Horizons Act’ passes Senate committee

BY: - February 27, 2024

FRANKFORT — The Horizons Act, which proposes supporting child care in Kentucky with $300 million in state funding over the next two years, sailed out of a Senate committee Tuesday morning 9-1 after about half an hour of discussion.  The lone “no” vote was Sen. Lindsey Tichenor, R-Smithfield, who said she worries the bill’s focus […]

UofL Health wants to build new cancer center, needs $25 million from Kentucky General Assembly  

BY: - February 27, 2024

LOUISVILLE — One morning in 2019, Margie Baylis awoke to her right breast swollen up into her shoulder.  The Owensboro photographer then got some shocking news: she had lung cancer at age 45.  The first in her family to be diagnosed with cancer, Baylis, now 50, needed to come to Louisville for care at UofL […]