The House gives final passage to a school reopening plan. House committees advance unemployment overpayment relief and exemptions for mandatory immunizations. Senate panels discuss riot-based crimes, the felony theft threshold, and a death penalty exception for those with a mental illness. A conversation with new lawmaker Sen. Karen Berg.
Today's Schedule Friday, March 5th
- Senate Judiciary Committee Upon Adjournment8:00am EST
- House Chambers9:00am EST
- Senate Chambers9:00am EST
- Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Upon Adjournment1:00pm EST
- House Education Committee Upon Adjournment1:00pm EST
- Senate Health and Welfare Committee Upon Adjournment2:00pm EST
- House Appropriations and Revenue Committee4:00pm EST
- 2021 Regular Session Impeachment Committee5:00pm EST
- Budget Conference CommitteeMarch 8, 1:00pm EST
The House approves aid packages for rural broadband deployment and rural hospitals, financial protection for the gun industry, and a tax break for cryptocurrency miners. Senate committees discusses pension relief for quasi-governmental agencies and postpartum care for female inmates, while the full Senate sets a date for schools to restart in-person instruction.
The Senate votes to change how a U.S. Senate vacancy is filled, and to give students a do-over year in school. The House moves to open more unemployment offices, limit occupational safety and health rules, and recreate the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. A House panel discusses tax exemptions for cryptocurrency miners and data centers.
The Senate passes liability protections for some businesses during the pandemic, and approves bills to give the General Assembly more flexibility in the legislative calendar. A Senate panel discusses civilian review boards for police departments. The House acts on water bill late fees and school tax recall petitions.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including increased COVID-19 vaccine distribution and legislation passed in the General Assembly. Guests: Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader; Chris Otts, WDRB in Louisville; and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.
The House votes to make some new voting options permanent, to rewrite the state’s Open Records Act, and to expand KEES-eligible institutions. The Senate approves unemployment overpayment relief, while a Senate committee discusses how U.S. Senate seat vacancies are filled.
The Senate votes to limit the use of no-knock search warrants. The House approves a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion and a bill to stabilize the state Board of Education. House committees consider reopening unemployment offices, purchases of personal protective equipment, and voting options in elections.
The Senate votes to create a commission on racial inequities, while Senate committees act on mental health parity, substance abuse counselors, and legislative session scheduling. A House panel discusses prosecution of protest-related crimes, while the full House passes a measure that would require schools return to in-person instruction, and a bill on unemployment insurance.
House panels act on U.S. Senate vacancies, paper ballots, broadband access, firefighter mental health, state Board of Education appointments, student financial aid, and school bus cameras. A Senate committee passes unemployment overpayment relief. The full House moves on insulin prices and on County Employees Retirement System severability.
Renee Shaw talks with guests about the Kentucky teachers' pension plan. Guests: State Rep. Patti Minter (D-Bowling Green); State Rep. C. Ed Massey (R-Hebron); State Rep. James Tipton (R-Taylorsville); State Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington); Eddie Campbell, president of the Kentucky Education Association; and Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.