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House Democrat leaders call for House Republican leaders to begin formal censure of Rep. Maddox

At a Capitol Annex press conference Wednesday afternoon, House Democratic Leaders Joni Jenkins, Derrick Graham and Angie Hatton called for House Republican leaders to begin a formal censure of state Rep. Savannah Maddox. Rep. Savannah Maddox The Democratic leaders said they were calling for the rebuke for two reasons. The first was for her taking part earlier this month at a Capitol rally that drew...

Beshear says ‘no politics,’ focus on coronavirus crisis; legislature should do budget and go home

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear told a press briefing on the coronavirus Tuesday that he received a letter from General Assembly leaders asking him to declare an immediate special session so lawmakers could adjourn, then return and address anything they like, without a time limitation. 
Beshear responded that he’s done with politics.


  “We’re here in a state of emergency...

Permanent daylight savings time? Ky. lawmakers like the idea, pass resolution urging Congress to act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A resolution urging Congress to allow states to opt for daylight saving time all year passed the Kentucky House on Wednesday. Rep. Brandon Reed, sponsor of the measure, told his colleagues on the House floor, “It saves energy, reduces traffic injuries, crime and helps with mental health, thus saving lives.” House lawmakers voted 92-2 to support a resolution urging Congress...

Kentucky House Democrats propose ethics and election bills in advance of 2020 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three House Democrats announced they are proposing Executive Branch ethics and election-oriented bills, for consideration by the 2020 General Assembly. Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, D- Frankfort, says all three bills share a common goal, “To increase accountability and transparency to the Constitutional state offices. As former U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Kentucky...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...