KET Legislative Coverage


  • Experts Discuss Severe Weather Preparedness

    by Robbie Clark | 03/18/15 1:29 PM

    The old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in Kentucky, wait 15 minutes," and that adage about the state's inconsistent weather has some truth behind it, according to John Belski, a meteorologist for WLKY Channel 32 in Louisville. Read more.

  • Legislators Conference on Bills; Bluegrass Poll on Governor's Race

    by John Gregory | 03/18/15 1:27 PM

    The Kentucky General Assembly stands in recess as lawmakers hash out compromises in several conference committees. Read more.

  • Legislative Update: March 11, 2015

    by Joyce West | 03/12/15 9:31 AM

    It was a mad dash in the legislature Wednesday to move bills forward before the 10-day recess. Renee Shaw reports on heroin legislation, and the fate of bills addressing a local sales tax option, a smoking ban, public-private partnerships, school snow days, Internet gambling devices, animal welfare, and child booster seats. Read more.

  • Legislators at Impasse on Funding Teacher Pensions

    by Renee Shaw | 03/11/15 1:57 PM

    Former Senate President David Williams warned about looming pitfalls in the state pension systems years before lawmakers mustered the fortitude to address the problems. His successor, Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), spoke of William's political clairvoyance on the Senate floor Tuesday as he rationalized the need to further examine the ailing teacher retirement system. Read more.

  • Legislative Update: March 10, 2015

    by Joyce West | 03/11/15 9:51 AM

    In day 25 of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session, the Senate votes on an amended version of a bonding plan to support teacher pensions. Renee Shaw details that action as well as discussion about a screening program for newborn babies at risk for Krabbe Disease. Read more.

  • Senate Guts KTRS Bonding Plan, Boosts Campaign Contribution Limits

    by Renee Shaw | 03/10/15 2:15 PM

    It was a big day for a colossal issue facing the legislature as the short session enters the home stretch: how to manage the vast and growing unfunded liability in the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System. House Bill 4 proposes a $3.3 billion bond issue for KTRS. Thes measure, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg), passed the lower chamber on February 23. Read more.

  • Legislative Update: March 9, 2015

    by Joyce West | 03/10/15 8:27 AM

    State senators debate a House measure to issue $3.3 billion in bonds to help prop-up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System. The Senate also raises the limits on individual donations to political campaigns. Renee Shaw reviews the highlights from day 24 of the legislative session. Read more.

  • Craft Brewers Score Legislative Victory

    by Renee Shaw | 03/05/15 4:11 PM

    Proponents of a much-publicized measure are jubilant at the final passage Wednesday of the embattled Beer Bill, which is now on its way to the governor's desk for his signature. Read more.

  • Legislative Update: March 4, 2015

    by Joyce West | 03/05/15 10:56 AM

    After contentious debate, a bill that changes the rules for beer distribution in Kentucky won final passage in the Legislature and is on its way to the governor’s office to become law. Read more.

  • Beer Bill Advances to Full Senate

    by Renee Shaw | 03/04/15 3:22 PM

    Both sides of the so-called “Beer Bill” before the Kentucky General Assembly argued themes of competition, fairness, and jobs before a Senate committee yesterday. House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) said his House Bill 168 creates a level playing field for beer distributors by having them abide by the same rules as wine and distilled spirits. Read more.