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Kentucky House Republican Caucus announces 2019-2020 subcommittee, statutory committee chairs

Today, the Kentucky House Republican Caucus announced its members chosen to chair the eight House Budget Review Subcommittees and co-chair ten statutory committees within the General Assembly. “The subcommittees and statutory committees within the General Assembly are critical when it comes to vetting the budget and providing sound oversight to all areas of state government,” said Speaker-Designate...

Department of Local Government names Larry Brown as field representative; will oversee 14 Ky. counties

The Department for Local Government (DLG) has named Larry Brown as a new field representative. In his new position, Brown will maintain a regular presence in 14 Kentucky counties, attending events and meeting with local officials on behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin and DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo. Brown will serve the following counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison,...

Bluegrass Area Development District announces passing of Nicholas Co. Judge-Exective Mike Pryor

Bluegrass Area Development District has announced that Nicholas County Judge-Executive Mike Pryor has passed away. Mike Pryor (Photo from BGADD) Below is a statement released today from BGADD: Mike Pryor first became involved with the ADD as an appointed commissioner to the Nicholas County Water District. The Water District was striving to extend waterlines into unserviced areas. After one Board...

Kentucky librarians awarded Library Science Tuition Scholarship for spring 2019 semester

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, in partnership with the Kentucky State Board of Certifications of Librarians, has awarded the Library Science Tuition Scholarship to 12 public library professionals for the spring 2019 semester. Kentucky law requires public libraries to be staffed by personnel certified by the Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians. In an effort...

Council of State Governments holds national conference in Covington, elects new leadership

Staff report With Kentucky State Sen. Robert Stivers as its outgoing chair, the Council of State Governments held its National Conference in Covington this week. The conference brought government leaders from around the country to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center — and hundreds of visitors to the area. Stivers is Kentucky Senate President; he has represented Senate District 25 since 1997...

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters announces retirement after 35 years on bench

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 35-year career in the Kentucky judiciary system is coming to an end when Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters retires in January. Venters was appointed to the high court by then-Governor Steve Beshear in 2008 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, in the 3rd Supreme Court District, which includes 27 counties in southern and southeast...

Sen. Damon Thayer receives Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership from KTIA

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) has awarded Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer the inaugural Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership (TALL). The TALL honors legislators for outstanding tourism leadership in their district and throughout the Commonwealth. It was presented to Thayer on Tuesday during the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission Business After...

Kentucky’s Senate Democratic Caucus elects Senator Morgan McGarvey of Louisville as Floor Leader

The Senate Democratic Caucus has elected Senator Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, as its new floor leader. “I am appreciative of the confidence entrusted in me by my colleagues in the Democrat caucus,” Senator McGarvey said. “I am looking forward to working with the Senate majority while continuing to be a voice for public education, Kentucky’s working families, affordable health care, and...

Kentucky’s personalized license plates to begin expiring in birth month beginning January 2019

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced all personalized license plates will transition to a birth month expiration beginning Jan. 2, 2019, to comply with House Bill 530. This legislative change brings personalized license plates in line with standard-issue plates that expire on the last day of the vehicle owner’s birth month.  Currently, personalized license plates expire annually on...

Lexington adjusts leaf vacuum collection schedule a second time due to weather conditions

Due to continued adverse weather conditions and a heavy volume of wet leaves, the city’s leaf vacuum collection program is adjusting its collection schedule a second time. The city is divided into 36 collection zones. Fourteen zones have been completed. Thirteen zones are in process. The remaining zones are being delayed to allow crews to focus on active areas with an emphasis on zones that have...

Federal child care block grant of $42 million will help Kentucky families, providers

Families with young children and child care providers will benefit from federal funding and new state regulations that became effective Dec. 1. File photo The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care (DCC), part of the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), recently received an additional $42 million to a block grant and will use the funds to assist more families...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Child Welfare Summit set for January 16 at Cardinal Stadium

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host the first-ever Child Welfare Summit at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium next month, and prospective participants should save the date. Participants in the “Transformers of Child Welfare” event on Jan. 16, 2019, will focus on transforming child welfare in Kentucky, and leading the nation in implementing the Family...

Longtime Kentucky public servant Raymond Debolt named head of state’s Juvenile Justice System

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has announced that Raymond DeBolt, an attorney with more than four decades of experience in public service and juvenile matters, has been named as the next commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Over the past year, DeBolt has worked as a special assistant to the commissioner, helping develop policies and procedures and representing...

State social services staff receive technology upgrade; tablets will save time, paperwork

A new technology upgrade will allow hundreds of Cabinet social workers across Kentucky to spend less time on paperwork. Approximately 1,800 social workers and social services staff will receive tablets to replace their laptop and desktop computers. This new approach will save time and allow staff in the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP), part of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based...

Louisville’s Sen. Neal wants more bite in Kentucky hate crime laws, is proposing legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A veteran state lawmaker is proposing legislation for the 2019 General Assembly to strengthen Kentucky’s hate crime laws. 
Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, says his measure is in direct response to the recent shooting deaths at a Kroger in Jeffersontown and a rise in acts of violence motivated by bigotry and hate in other communities in the state. Gerald Neal 
He also...

Kentucky Senators Adams, McGarvey recognized for efforts supporting victims of domestic violence

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors are gathering in Lexington to reflect on their successes of the year, and examine what’s needed in the future. The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards for people who have gone above and beyond to help victims. Executive Director of the...

U.S. Department of Agriculture approves disaster designation for farmers in 16 Kentucky counties

An emergency disaster designation request submitted by Gov. Matt Bevin in support of Kentucky farmers has been approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. The Secretarial disaster designation allows farmers impacted by heavy rains and flooding to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Nicholas, Bourbon, Clark, and Powell counties received designations...

Kentucky’s five House GOP leadership positions to see five new faces in 2019 after Thursday elections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today All five House Republican leadership positions will have new faces for the next two years following elections Thursday. Members went behind closed doors for about two hours before reporters were allowed in to speak with the new leadership team. Rep. David Osborne, who as Speaker Pro Tem presided over the House during the 2018 session after Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown resigned,...

Kentucky Senate Republicans set to plan 2019 strategy during two-day retreat this week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate Republicans will map out their strategy for the 30-day session that begins in January with a two-day retreat Thursday and Friday at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. 
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, explained to reporters what will transpire. 
“We’re going to try and discern what we want to make our priorities, what the governor is going to...

Due to recent adverse weather conditions, Lexington adjusting leaf vacuum collection schedule

Because of recent adverse weather conditions and a heavy volume of leaves, Lexington’s leaf vacuum collection program is running a little behind schedule. To better serve local residents, the city has, as of today, adjusted the collection schedule for zones that haven’t already been started. • Zones B6, B8 and D2, which were scheduled to start on Nov. 29, will now start on Dec. 3. • Zones...