General Assembly overrides four vetoes issued by Bevin; education bill headed for signature

Four vetoes issued by Gov. Matt Bevin in recent days were overridden by the Kentucky General Assembly, allowing the legislation to pass into law. The governor had vetoed Senate Bill 91, Senate Joint Resolution 57 and House Bill 540, as well as a portion of House Bill 471. The Senate and House voted to reject the vetoes by wide margins earlier today, the second-to-last day of the General Assembly’s...

Bill Straub: Despite Trump’s assertions to the contrary, no comeback in the cards for coal industry

WASHINGTON – During the opening 10 weeks of his presidency, Donald J. Trump has proved himself to be a buffoon, a liar, a flim-flam man of the first order and about as trustworthy as your friendly, neighborhood meth dealer. Now he has added yet another lowlife description to his sordid resume: Dangerous. Trump has taken the environmental movement, one of the nation’s great areas of achievement,...

PuraCap Laboratories in Franklin plans $2.5 million upgrade, creating 30 new positions

PuraCap Laboratories LLC will expand its Franklin operations with a $2.5 million investment, creating 30 full-time jobs and transforming the facility into the company’s global pharmaceutical packaging and distribution hub, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Pharmaceutical production, packaging and distribution was Kentucky’s third leading export last year,” said Bevin. “PuraCap Laboratories’ significant...

Porcelain replica of first lady Glenna Bevin survives some bumps in the road to make Capitol display

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – One of the favorite Capitol attractions for the girls in Kentucky’s first family has always been the showcases where commemorative dolls of governors’ wives are on display. “It’s going to be a little bit surreal for them to think their mom is going to be in this case now,” First Lady Glenna Bevin said Monday at a ceremony unveiling the miniature porcelain...

Bevin blocks one provision of charter school funding, vetoes bill on court-ordered mental health treatment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin has issued his first vetoes of the legislative session, setting the stage for possible overrides when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Wednesday for the final two days of the session. Kentucky governors have line-item veto powers on appropriations measures, and Bevin used that to strike one provision from charter school funding legislation...

Bevin, Kentucky delegation participate in European apprenticeship study visit in Germany, Switzerland

Gov. Matt Bevin, Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Economic Development Secretary Terry Gil, and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner joined a delegation of U.S. officials and business leaders on an apprenticeship study visit in Germany and Switzerland last week. Hosted by the National Governors Association (NGA), the trip provided insight into how those countries use apprenticeship...

Bevin appoints Louisville’s Catherine Monteiro to spot on Kentucky Personnel Board

Gov. Matt Bevin today appointed Catherine J. Monteiro, of Louisville, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Board. Monteiro earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Coastal Carolina University and worked more than a decade in human resources and talent recruitment for companies such as PrideStaff, SHPS, Inc., and Papa John’s Pizza. She currently serves in numerous volunteer...

Bevin announces expansion of Traughber Mechanical Services in Franklin with $580,000 investment

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Traughber Mechanical Services (TMS), a custom steel fabrication and mechanical contracting company, will expand its Franklin operation with a nearly $580,000 investment that will create 10 full-time jobs. “Traughber Mechanical Services has called Simpson County home for a quarter of a century, and I am pleased to announce the company’s decision to invest even further...

Federal judge delays ruling in legal challenge to Kentucky’s new abortion education law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge didn’t immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a suit challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and to hear a description of the images. U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant a request from the American Civil Liberties Union...

Enhanced driver’s license bill, extended school summer break legislation signed into law by Bevin

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Matt Bevin resolved a potentially troublesome issue for air travelers in Kentucky. Bevin signed legislation into law that creates an enhanced driver’s license can be used as a source of identification to board commercial airline flights. Notification of the governor’s action was posted on the secretary of state’s website on...

Bill Straub: Despite policies that damage their state, Kentuckians continue to show support for Trump

WASHINGTON – So, to quote that leading light and respected political philosopher Sarah Palin, “How’s that hopey-changey stuff working out for ya?’’ From all early indications, not so well, unless, of course, playing kissy-face with the Russian bear, replacing a half-way decent health care law with a fraud that would delight Bernie Madoff, a return to the dirty air and polluted waters of...

Bevin appoints two new members to Kentucky Heritage Council, reappoints three holdovers

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Christine Doughty Johnson and Maynard A. Crossland have been appointed to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Stephen L. Collins, Charles William Weyland and Virginia Wise Butler have been reappointed. Gov. Matt Bevin Christine Doughty Johnson, of Louisville, is retired. She will serve for a term expiring Aug. 6, 2020. Maynard...

Bevin names pair to Commission on Women; Mocker on Tourism Development Finance Authority

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett and Lorrie Anne Parker have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett, of Nicholasville, is a physician. Shuffett will serve for a term expiring Jan. 17, 2021. Lorrie Anne Parker, of Lexington, is office manager at the Office of the Governor. Parker...

Several opioid epidemic-related measures approved by General Assembly; more could be in the works

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The 2017 General Assembly has passed several bills meant to put more “tools in the toolbox” as the state works to combat its growing opioid epidemic. And several more are in the pipeline to pass when lawmakers come back March 29 and 30. Those two days are provided to reconsider any bills Gov. Matt Bevin vetoes, but legislation in the pipeline can...

Kentucky places second in Site Selection magazine for 2016 economic development success

Kentucky placed second nationally in economic development projects per capita last year and first in the South Central region according to Site Selection magazine, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. The rankings – part of Site Selection’s annual Governor’s Cup awards – make 2016 the third consecutive year Kentucky has placed first or second in the per-capita competition. Numerous Kentucky metropolitan...

Toyota’s Legacy: Erlanger laboratory to be The Ignite Institute, world-class STEAM education center

Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires...

Legislative Briefs: Charter schools measure gets final approval; felon employment act advances

The Kentucky Senate and House each voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, a supporter of charter schools, to be signed into law. House Bill 520, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman and public school teacher John Carney, R-Campbellsville, HB 520 would allow local school boards to authorize...

Bevin appoints three to medical assistance advisory council; Evans to hearing commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Julie K. Spivey and Jay H. Trumbo have been appointed to the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. Chris G. Carle has been reappointed. Julie K. Spivey, of Lexington, is a pharmacist at the Eastern State Hospital. Dr. Spivey will represent the Kentucky Pharmacist Association. She shall serve for a term expiring...

Bulleit opens new Shelbyville distillery as part of $130 million investment creating 30 new jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Distilling Co., and local officials Tuesday in opening the company’s Shelbyville distillery, part of a $130-plus million investment creating approximately 30 full-time jobs. “It is an honor to join Bulleit Distilling Co. today to celebrate the opening of its new distillery in Shelbyville,” Bevin said. “Bourbon, in addition to its status...

Kentucky State names Brown new president; Banks appointed to Board of Regents

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President, announced Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently...