Kentucky General Assembly

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up Tuesday night in a burst of last-minute activity that resulted in the passage of several bills, including legislation to address the state’'s heroin problem. Joining us to review that bill and other key legislation passed in this session of the General Assembly are State Representative Dennis Keene; Rae Hodge, editor of The Oldham Era newspaper; and James Pilcher, Northern Kentucky reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer.

  The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is underway, and many of the issues being debated could have a direct affect on not just Northern Kentucky but Cincinnati as well.

Provided, Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky General Assembly began its 2014 session on Tuesday. Legislators will be looking at issues ranging from funding infrastructure projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge replacement to raising the state’s minimum wage. Political Writer and Frankfort Bureau Chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, joins us for a look at what’s in store during the current session.

Tuesday marks 90 days since the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned its regular session for this year.  That means, under the state constitution, most laws will take effect.  

Among the new laws:  School districts can start deciding if they want to raise the compulsory attendance age; an administrative framework is being set up for growing hemp in Kentucky should that crop become legal; and drivers will be able to use electronic devices such as smart phones to provide proof of insurance. 

Kentucky lawmakers consider Instant Racing to pay for pensions

Feb 15, 2013

Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game currently played at two Kentucky tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. The legality of the game is also currently being litigated at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

But if the General Assembly passes a bill authorizing it, the court case would be moot.

Bill blocking groceries from selling wine and liquor advances to Kentucky House

Feb 14, 2013

A bill that would effectively block grocery stores from selling wine and liquor—and ban wine and liquor sales in new pharmacies—was approved Thursday in a state House committee.

Under the legislation, grocery stores could still sell alcohol from an adjoined structure with a separate entrance. 

Current law does not allow people younger than 21 to enter a place which sells wine and package liquor, which has prevented sales in grocery stores in the past.

State Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) filed a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday which he says will close a loophole that grants parental and visitation rights to convicted rapists if they seek those rights.

Kentucky is one of 34 states that has no protection for rape victims who become mothers as a result of the rape, Keene said.

Keene said he found out that Kentucky had no such law last summer when he read about a Massachusetts case of a 14-year-old rape victim dealing with this issue in the courts.