Kentucky GOP will not seek immediate replacement for former House speaker Jeff Hoover

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Leadership of the House Republican Caucus said there will not be an election to replace Jeff Hoover as speaker when lawmakers convene either in a special session this month on pension reform, or when the regular session convenes in January. A statement was issued by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect; Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster; Majority Whip Kevin...

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the House, will keep his seat in the legislature

Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover announced he will resign as speaker effective immediately but keep his seat in the House at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol. The press conference came 24 hours after Gov. Bevin called for the resignation of anyone involved in secret coverups of sexual harassment. The Courier-Journal first reported that Hoover settled an allegation by a woman...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....

Commentary: “Keeping the Promise” helps current employees but meets obligations to already retired

By Governor Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and House Speaker Jeff Hoover Special to KyForward “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept. Make no mistake: there will be no changes,...

Bevin, Senate and House leaders unveil plan to stablize Kentucky’s ailing pension systems

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin and legislative leaders unveiled the framework of the proposed changes to the public pension plans, which will be voted on during a special legislative session. Flanked by House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, Bevin outlined the plan during a Capitol press conference Wednesday morning. While he termed the...

Commentary: We must not ‘kick the can down the road’ in fixing Kentucky’s ailing retirement system

By Governor Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and House Speaker Jeff Hoover Special to KyForward Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward toward a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees. Understandably,...

Kentucky’s first Republican Speaker of House in 95 years looks back on session — and plans ahead

By Brad Bowman The State Journal Jeff Hoover hasn’t taken time to celebrate the end of the 2017 session as Kentucky’s first elected Republican speaker of the House in 95 years. He’s assembling a new infrastructure workgroup and crafting legislation for the next session to address Kentucky’s crippling opioid problem and lack of treatment for addiction. Hoover remains focused on the future,...

Hoover announces Adoption Work Group charged with overhauling, streamlining process

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has unveiled the Adoption Work Group, consisting of eight House members, which will be charged with a sweeping and progressive overhaul of Kentucky’s adoption process. House leaders said earlier this year they had a goal to fix the adoption system in the state, with the end goal of placing every single child in a loving home. Over the years, the adoption process...

Bill Straub: Limiting debate not their finest hour as Republicans exert new muscle in Frankfort

WASHINGTON – There’s an old story – much too good to fact check – about Earl K. Long, who became governor of the sovereign state of Louisiana back in the late fifties by making outrageous promises to the bankers and oilmen who owned the joint lock, stock and barrel. On inauguration day ol’ Earl took up residence in his new office in Baton Rouge and pretty soon the bankers and oil men showed...

House, Senate move abortion-related bills; measures could become law as soon as Saturday

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky Republicans passed two major anti-abortion bills out of legislative committees Wednesday and through the House and Senate Thursday in hopes of enacting them into law by Saturday. The bills passed in their respective chambers on Thursday, keeping them on track for weekend passage. House Speaker Jeff Hoover said it is likely the General Assembly will...

Incoming House Speaker Hoover sets bipartisan transition team, including Carroll, Richardson

Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover announced Thursday the formation of a transition team that will help chart the future of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Hoover’s transition team draws on his 20 years of legislative experience, and includes both Republicans and Democrats. The transition team will be co-chaired by former Rep. Danny Ford, a Republican from Mt. Vernon, and former Speaker Bobby Richardson,...

Jeff Hoover captures caucus vote, will become first GOP Speaker of the House since 1921

The new 64 member House Republican super majority met in Frankfort Thursday and unanimously selected Jeff Hoover of Jamestown as Speaker-Elect. Hoover’s selection as Speaker when the House convenes in January was assured due to Republicans holding a super majority. Before Tuesday’s election, the GOP held 47 of the 100 seats. Republicans gained control of the House for the first time since 1921....

Letter to the Editor: Rubio the clear pick for Republicans participating in Saturday’s GOP Caucus

Like many of you on Saturday March 5, I’ll be voting in the Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus. And like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to this year’s slate of Republican candidates. Above the insults and the spin, one voice has stood out: Marco Rubio. My time representing south-central Kentucky has taught me many things: The loudest person seldom has the best ideas;...

Beshear creates work group to recommend ways to stabilize teachers’ retirement system

  By executive order, Gov. Steve Beshear has created a 23-member work group to develop recommendations to strengthen the solvency of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.   Gov. Steve Beshear The group is made up of policy and education leaders, according to a press release from the governor’s office, and is charged with developing recommendations to resolve a funding shortfall...

Capitol Notes: Senate OKs felon voting rights bill; House approves felony expungement bill

Senate approves felon voting rights bill: The Senate has approved a measure that would allow Kentuckians to vote on the next general election ballot on whether or not to restore voting rights of some convicted felons.   House Bill 70, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, and House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, proposes an amendment to the state Constitution that would...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: School safety, DNA
bills among several that advance on busy day

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   School safety legislation approved by Senate   Kentucky school districts would be required to maintain emergency management plans under a bill unanimously passed by the Senate Tuesday.   Based on recommendations from the Kentucky Center on School Safety, Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, would require school administrators...