Where do major bills stand in Ky legislature?

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Here is the status of several major bills before the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly as of Monday morning, with the session drawing to a close. SIGNED INTO LAW: Abortion: Informed Consent, Senate Bill 4: Would require certain information about the abortion procedure now given to a woman on the day before the abortion be done…

Lawmaker: Lexington A Big Loser In Senate Budget

by JOSH JAMES –  A Kentucky senator says Lexington was the real loser in the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican-led Senate Wednesday. In addition to reinstated cuts to the state appropriation for the University of Kentucky and other public education institutions, the upper chamber also stripped out a provision issuing $60 million in bonds for…

County attorney: U of L Hospital pact violated

by Phillip M. Bailey, @phillipmbailey – Metro Council violated a contract with University of Louisville Hospital when it voted to transfer part of an indigent care fund to augment road paving, according to a legal opinion from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Council President David Yates, D-25th District, said the opinion vindicates his and other members’ view that a bipartisan majority hastily supported an amendment that bypassed the…

Kentucky House votes to preserve kynect

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – Gov. Matt Bevin criticized former Gov. Steve Beshear and downplayed his legacy. Joe Gerth, CJ FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a largely symbolic action, the House voted Tuesday to preserve Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, kynect, and its expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The votes, carried by the Democratic majority, came the same day…

Former Dem donors now giving big to GOP

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees who for several years were among the biggest contributors to the Kentucky Democratic Party gave as much money as the law allows in February to the Republican Party of Kentucky. William C. Britton, of Louisville, Edward Britt Brockman,…

House Democrats OK bill extending kynect

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he has begun work to transform Kentucky’s Medicaid program by 2017. But in the meantime he envisions no major changes in the government health plan. (Full press conference) FRANKFORT, Ky. – On a party line vote with the majority Democrats voting yes, bills that extend the…

Kentucky Horse Park ‘making good progress’ financially, state official says

BY JANET PATTON, jpatton1@herald-leader.com – The Kentucky Horse Park is “making good progress,” state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said after hearing Wednesday that the park is on track to meet budget projections for the year. Executive director Jamie Link told the Kentucky Horse Park Commission the park has more than $538,000 in hand after…