Senators debate lawmakers calling themselves into special session. Western Kentucky school superintendents testify about tornado damage to their districts. Senate panels consider a scholarship program for special needs students and tougher penalties for the theft of packages from front porches. The House passes an essential caregiver bill and a House committee discusses unemployment insurance rates.
Today's Schedule Friday, January 28th
- House Chambers9:00am EST
- Senate Chambers9:00am EST
There is no legislative coverage scheduled for the immediate future.
House Democratic leader Jodi Jenkins announces her retirement. A House committee considers a bill to allow the legislature to defend the constitutionality of bills that it passes. Senate panels discuss enabling lawmakers to call themselves into special session, a bill to prevent child abuse and neglect, and mental health supports for first responders. Rep. Patti Minter updates tornado recovery efforts in Bowling Green.
A House panel votes to require public comment periods at school board meetings and to expand KEES scholarships to trade school students. The Senate acts to declare an administrative regulation deficient, set standards for using lobbyists, and limit the number of Medicaid managed care organizations. Rep. Patrick Flannery discusses his car tax legislation.
Renee Shaw talks with her guests about the state budget. Guests: Rep. Jason Petrie, (R-Elkton), chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee; Rep. Josie Raymond, (D-Louisville), member of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee; Anne-Tyler Morgan, senior fellow at the Pegasus Institute; and Jason Bailey, executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
The House passes bills on treatment for people with severe mental illness, the licensing of audiologists, and the reapportionment of county magisterial districts. School choice advocates rally at the capitol as lawmakers introduce new school choice legislation. State Budget Director John Hicks explains Gov. Beshear’s recommendations for spending American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Renee Shaw talks with Tom Shelton, executive director of the Henry Clay Center, about how the center educates current and future leaders on the value of civil discourse and compromise when engaging in public policy matters.
A recap of the third week of the General Assembly session includes arguments over the new redistricting maps. Republicans move quickly on the state budget, while Democrats call for more investments. Lawmakers also consider bills on overdose reversal drugs, the Read to Succeed program, mental health absences for students, and essential caregivers.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the news of the week, including a dispute over redistricting maps drawn by the Republican House and Senate in Frankfort and a new record in COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. Guests: Austin Horn, Lexington Herald-Leader; Melissa Patrick, Kentucky Health News; and Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal.