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PSC clears road for electric vehicle charging stations; removes potential obstacle of regulation

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled Friday that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are not utilities and therefore should not be subject to regulation. The ruling, contained in an order issued Friday, is intended to remove any ambiguity over the legal status of EV charging stations and pave the way for the deployment of more such stations in Kentucky. The PSC noted in the order...

Secretary of State Grimes presents historic notary law updates to Kentucky lawyers

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented the updated electronic and remote notary laws to the Commonwealth’s lawyers at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual convention Thursday in Louisville. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presents updates to the notary law at KBA convention in Louisville (provided photo). The new law, championed by Grimes and Senator Morgan McGarvey...

Ryan Quarles elected president of Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was elected president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) for 2019-20 in its annual conference this week. “I am honored and humbled to be elected by my peers in the other southern state departments of agriculture,” Quarles said. “This position will enable me to utilize Kentucky’s positive relationship with the...

Kentucky to unveil new digital platform to support transition-age youth in foster care

A new digital portal called Kentucky RISE (Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment) is set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition-age youth in the foster care system. The web-based portal, kyrise.ky.gov, will be accessible...

PSC allows Jackson Energy to restructure rates; shift designed to stabilize, not increase, revenue

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has allowed Jackson Energy Cooperative Corp. to restructure its rates by increasing the monthly residential customer charge while decreasing the cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity. In an order issued Monday, the PSC found that Jackson Energy’s proposed changes will not alter the utility’s overall revenue and will provide a steadier income stream in...

Emergency rate increase granted to Southern Water; meter problems force move to flat rate in Floyd Co.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted an interim emergency rate increase to Southern Water and Sewer District in Floyd County in order to forestall the utility’s financial and operational collapse. In an order issued today, the PSC cited “extraordinary circumstances” in directing Southern Water to shift to a flat rate for all retail customers and to immediately suspend all...

KIA announces Kentucky’s draft 2020 Clean Water Intended Use Plan now available for public review

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) has announced that Kentucky’s draft 2020 Clean Water Intended Use Plan (IUP) including the Project Priority List is available for public review and comment from June 5 through July 5. KIA will have approximately $75 million available for low-interest loans for projects to prevent and control water pollution in Kentucky. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund...

Officials celebrate reopening of New Salem Circle Bridge following completion of structural repairs

Transportation, state and local officials on Thursday celebrated the reopening of a key railroad overpass in Hopkins County closed to traffic for 17 months due to structural issues. Work began this spring after the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a contract to repair the locally owned New Salem Circle Bridge in an effort to restore a vital link to the community. In February, Governor...

Despite governor’s changes to the legislation, lawmakers still lack votes for pension reform

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It appears lawmakers still lack the number of votes needed to pass a bill to reform the pension system affecting the regional public universities and 118 quasi-governmental agencies. Gov. Matt Bevin, who has made four changes to his original proposal, has said he wants to call a special session to enact that legislation by July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. Senate...

Glasgow attorney Greg Berry receives 2019 Governor’s Ambassador Leadership Award

The Department of Public Advocacy has announced that Greg Berry, Directing Attorney of the Glasgow Trial Office, was among 15 state government employees who were honored at the 2019 Governor’s Ambassador Awards on May 30. The Leadership Award recognizes an individual who exhibits exceptional leadership evidenced by a high degree of character and competence in pursuit of department or division missions...

CHFS announces changes to key leadership positions in various departments, additions to staff

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced several changes regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Christina (Mora) Dettman will join CHFS as the Executive Director of Public Affairs, and will be the point-of-contact for all media inquiries. Dettman holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, and has 12 years of experience...

CHFS, KDE partnership to expand school-based healthcare services for children in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. The proposed amendment allows...

Ky. Association of Counties names Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson executive director

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Henderson as the new executive director/CEO of KACo. Henderson, who has served as deputy executive director of KACo since January 2018, will assume his new duties immediately. KACo is the premier organization dedicated to serving all Kentucky counties through quality programs and services and...

Legislator Whitney Westerfield files for First District Supreme Court vacancy left by Bill Cunningham

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker has entered the race to fill an unexpired term on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Whitney Westerfield (LRC photo) 
State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, has filed his papers with the Secretary of State’s office for the First District Supreme Court seat, which consists of 24 counties in western Kentucky, that was vacated in February when Justice...

Outstanding state employees honored during 2019 Governor’s Ambassador Award ceremony

Fifteen employees of the Commonwealth were awarded the 2019 Governor’s Ambassador Award (GAA) in a ceremony held at the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday. State employees who have positively influenced the lives of co-workers, customers, or the community are recognized through the award program. This year, the Personnel Cabinet received more than 160 nominations. Gov. Matt Bevin (left) presents David...

Food safety regulations amended to improve safety and health; changes reflect national food code

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to make the general public and business community aware of new changes to the state’s food code which will improve safety and health standards for food storage, preparation and serving. To prepare for upcoming changes, which will take effect in July, DPH conducted regional training for local health departments to educate food inspectors....

Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement event Friday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Click-it or Ticket enforcement event this Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers will be working to spot drivers and passengers that are not wearing a seat belt as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate traffic stops on...

Former Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon appointed Workforce Investment Commissioner

Former Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Lana Gordon has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) effective May 16. Under the leadership of EWDC Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Gordon will lead the Department of Workforce Investment, which coordinates the state’s workforce, employment and training...

Kentucky water treatment plants exceed quality standards in 2018, meet state goals of AWOP

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water has recognized 37 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for 2018. AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization...

Health cabinet says it will revise proposed rule banning tattooing over scars after hearing concerns

After almost two weeks of mystery, speculation and complaints, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has explained in a news release why it wants to ban tattoos over scars, saying it wants to address “potential health issues of tattooing over unhealthy skin.” (Photo by WPFL) “The concerns are being heard,” said the cabinet, which had declined to say why it had proposed...