Stivers says there was no influence from governor to file amendment stripping AG’s office of some powers

by Don Weber – FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers says that his amendment to House Bill 281 which would strip the Attorney General’s office of some powers was his idea alone and not Gov. Matt Bevin’s. Stivers’ amendment would only allow the attorney general to sue in five types of cases, including Medicaid fraud and consumer protection,…

Pence to visit Louisville to promote health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday as he tries to make the case for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Pence is set to appear with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin at the event in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Fellow Kentucky Republican Sen.…

Defund Planned Parenthood bill passes Kentucky House

by Morgan Watkins and Tom Loftus , The Courier-Journal – FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky House approved another abortion-related measure Tuesday night, passing the bill that would reduce Planned Parenthood’s access to federal family planning funds. Senate Bill 8, passed on a 75-13 vote, is likely the Republican-controlled Assembly’s final salvo targeting abortion rights during this year’s legislative session, which…

Bill would put $7.5 million a year in ‘trust fund’ to help Kentucky’s coal regions

BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate is getting a bill that would create a public corporation authorized to collect $7.5 million a year to diversify the struggling local economies of the state’s coal regions. The Senate budget committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Senate Bill 215, establishing the Kentucky Coal Fields Endowment Authority. Money for the…

Members of Congress to visit Fort Campbell

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Fort Campbell says it’s expecting three members of Congress to visit the post this week to learn about military readiness and budget effects. A news release from the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border said Republican U.S. Reps. Mac Thornberry of Texas and Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black of Tennessee will…