Reggie Thomas

On party lines, Kentucky Senate OKs bill to curb diversity, equity, inclusion in higher education

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Senate Republicans passed a bill aimed at curbing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in public universities and colleges Tuesday.  Senate Bill 6 was sent to the House on a party line vote with 26 Republicans voting in favor and seven Democrats voting against it.  The sponsor, Senate Republican Whip Mike Wilson, of […]

Conservative student testifies ‘I’m used to being in the minority’ as anti-diversity bill advances

BY: - February 8, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that would curb diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in Kentucky’s public universities advanced from a legislative committee Thursday after undergoing several changes. The original Senate Bill 6 would have allowed employees and students to sue public universities and colleges on grounds they were discriminated against for rejecting “divisive concepts.” Under […]

COMMENTARY

Left behind, Kentucky clings to outdated policy that devalues citizens, diminishes competitiveness

BY: - January 26, 2024

Kentucky is too often slow to embrace beneficial economic and social change. Yet the news that 22 other states and 43 cities and counties raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 is especially frustrating, considering the years advocates here have pushed for reforms. We remain one of 20 states still adhering to the $7.25 an […]

Kentucky House leaves its rules unchanged, despite calls for less control, more transparency

BY: - January 2, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite recent calls by several Republicans to loosen House leadership’s control of the legislative process, the House voted Tuesday to make no changes in its rules. Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the rules resolution, which was sponsored by House Speaker David Osborne and adopted by a vote of  72-23. The only […]