(For the Week Ending February 15, 2020)
Lawmakers in the Kentucky House approved a bill to loan $35 million to the University of Louisville to support its acquisition of a health care system which includes a hospital.
A House panel overwhelmingly approved a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana in Kentucky, boosting a proposal that has long struggled to gain traction in the legislature despite increasing public support.
A bill that would significantly change how leadership of the state transportation cabinet is selected as well as how road projects would be prioritized has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Governor Beshear is not supportive and calls Senate Bill Four "unfortunate."
For the second consecutive day, legislation aimed at reducing youth vaping passed out of committee. Tuesday it was a new wholesale tax on vaping products. Wednesday the measure focused on limiting higher nicotine and certain flavored vaping products to those 21 and older in vape shops only.
The Kentucky House's top priority for the 2020 General Assembly Session is reforming the Commonwealth's public assistance system.
A bill discouraging protests against pipelines and other "key infrastructure" has passed out of the Kentucky House of Representatives after receiving an amendment quelling some advocates' free speech concerns.
There was good news for state government finances as both the General Fund and Road Fund showed hefty revenue increases last month, compared to a year ago.
Northern Kentucky Tribune
A House committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would raise nearly $50 million over the next two years with a new excise tax on vaping products and a hike in existing taxes on tobacco products other than cigarettes.
Gov. Andy Beshear has had his opportunity to present and pitch his two-year budget proposal for state government.
Kentucky voters ratified Marsy's Law in 2018 to create a Crime Victim's Bill of Rights in the Kentucky Constitution but despite 63 percent of voters approving the amendment, the Kentucky Supreme Court struck it down saying the wording of the question did not provide voters enough of an idea of what it would do.
Under current Kentucky law, veterinarians are prohibited from reporting cases of suspected animal abuse. A Western Kentucky lawmaker is seeking to give veterinarians the latitude to register such a concern.
The House passed two criminal justice measures unanimously Monday.