KET Legislative Coverage


  • KCTCS President Jay Box: 'Fulfill Those Dreams'

    by John Gregory | 02/17/15 1:27 PM

    As a graduate of a small Texas community college, Jay Box has an affinity for the institutions once known as junior colleges. Now Box oversees a statewide network of 70 campuses and nearly 100,000 students as the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Read more.

  • House Approves Constitutional Amendments and Civil Protections for Dating Couples

    by Renee Shaw | 02/13/15 3:01 PM

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo draws from the political lexicon to use phrases like "home rule" and "local control" to describe the advantages of his top legislative priority. His House Bill 1 to create local option sales taxes has been endorsed by all living Kentucky governors, and similar legislation has been passed by 37 other states. Read more.

  • Heroin and Phone Deregulation Plans Gain Momentum

    by Renee Shaw | 02/12/15 2:32 PM

    A Hopkinsville Democrat contends that building more prisons is the wrong answer to the heroin scourge. Rep. John Tilley said his House Bill 213 offers a different approach that balances treatment and incarceration to combat the drug. Read more.

  • Minimum Wage Hike Plan Advances Amid Partisan Rift

    by Renee Shaw | 02/12/15 2:31 PM

    Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) believes it's time to raise the minimum wage, and he muscled his plan through the House yesterday with the predictability of a partisan split. Read more.

  • Telephone Deregulation

    by John Gregory | 02/10/15 7:55 PM

    In the years ahead, will your personal or business calls travel by wire to a local telephone exchange, or be transferred as packets of data across the Internet, or skip through the ether without the need of any wires? Read more.

  • Lawmakers Brace for Showdown Over Anti-Heroin Proposals

    by Renee Shaw | 02/10/15 4:25 PM

    Two measures to combat heroin addiction are now circulating in the Kentucky General Assembly, as a new proposal from House Democrats sparked stern criticism from Senate Republicans. Read more.

  • SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett Outlines Goals

    by John Gregory | 02/10/15 4:23 PM

    When Eastern Kentuckians gather next week in Pikeville for the second Shaping Our Appalachian Region summit, Jared Arnett will be there to welcome them. The 31-year-old Salyersville native was recently appointed as the founding executive director of SOAR Inc., the organization tasked with overseeing the revitalization initiative. Read more.

  • Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen

    by John Gregory | 02/10/15 4:22 PM

    When Crit Luallen was young, she planned to be an artist like her mother and grandmother. But after graduating from Centre College with a studio arts degree, she returned home to Frankfort and found a job in the mail room of then-Gov. Wendell Ford's 1974 campaign for U.S. Senate. She says the opportunity opened her eyes to the possibilities of public service. Read more.

  • Both Chambers Facing Partisan Complaints

    by John Gregory | 02/10/15 4:20 PM

    We're not even 10 days into the 30-day General Assembly session and some lawmakers are crying foul at what they see as partisan maneuvering by the majority parties in the House and Senate. Read more.

  • Senate Advances Charter School and Prevailing Wage Measures

    by Renee Shaw | 02/06/15 2:26 PM

    The Senate has taken swift action on legislation regarding charter schools and a prevailing wage exception that angered Democrats over the hasty movement of the bills from committee to full floor vote. Read more.