Sen. Reggie Thomas pre-files bill to allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any election

Senator Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved in the 2018 Regular Session, would allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any primary, general, or special election. Reggie Thomas Bill Request 49 (BR 49) would allow qualified Kentucky voters in their county of residence to cast their ballot in-person any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,...

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley files for re-election to 4th district

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, filed for re-election to his 4th district Senate seat Friday in Frankfort. Senator Ridley, citing a strong record that includes education, economic development and progress in highway infrastructure, represents the 4th Senatorial District that includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster counties. Since winning a...

Dorsey Ridley: Opioid crisis affecting every aspect of life in Kentucky… and more needs to be done

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, four more Kentuckians will have died of a drug overdose.   That’s how the veteran law enforcement official tasked with coordinating the state’s response to the heroin epidemic describes the seriousness of the situation. While the headlines about the crisis have focused on Northern Kentucky, Appalachia and the big cities, don’t be fooled into thinking...

Life’s Lesson: Kentucky state senator Webb has new understanding of the disabled following foot injury

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Robin Webb said she has more compassion for those with disabilities after spending the past six weeks with a cast on her left foot. “I get a little frustrated, but I have a whole new appreciation for people who have to deal with disability every day,” she said. “It almost makes me cry (thinking about it). They grapple with a lot worse than this and keep a smile....

Senate Democratic Caucus elects Parrett to replace Carroll as minority whip

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate Democrats elected Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, as minority whip on Wednesday. Parrett, 57, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee as well as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee. In the leadership role, Parrett will work closely with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on legislation that’s coming up for votes. Sen....

Former Gov. Carroll says he won’t resign amid sexual misconduct allegations; no ethics violations filed

Embattled state Sen. Julian Carroll had indicated he’s going nowhere.   “Absolutely no resignation, no resignation,” Carroll said to reporters from the Lexington Herald-Leader and CNHI News as he was leaving the Capitol Annex cafeteria. 
 His close friend and lawyer Bill Johnson told The State Journal in Frankfort on Tuesday he didn’t expect the 86-year-old former governor to resign over...

Legislative Briefs: Increased opioid penalties bill approved; DUI measure heads to Senate

With one lawmaker calling it a crisis starting “in our medicine cabinets,” the Kentucky House Tuesday voted 96-1 to pass a bill that would fight Kentucky’s opioid addiction epidemic by limiting the amount of opioids pain killers prescribed and increasing jail time for those who deal opioids on the streets. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, praised provisions in House Bill 333 that would limit prescriptions...

State Senate approves performance-based funding formula for postsecondary education

Postsecondary education funding would be guided by performance-based measures, such as the number of students receiving degrees, under legislation approved Wednesday by the Kentucky Senate. Supporters of the legislation say it will phase out a funding model that, instead of basing funding on educational success, bases it on how much a school received in a previous budget cycle. The goal of Senate Bill...

Commentary: Next General Assembly session needs to look at increasing minimum wage, defensive force

By Sen. Reginald Thomas Special to KyForward Summer seemed to come and go at a brisk pace, and, even though it has just arrived, fall appears also to be moving just as quickly. I enjoy the changing of the seasons. It presents a fitting opportunity to reflect on completed tasks as well as to focus on tasks that still need attending. The season change also serves to remind me that the 2017 Legislative...