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Stumbo, House leaders call on Bevin to release $4.64 million in withheld SEEK funds

Responding to the governor’s refusal to disperse $4.64 million to Kentucky public schools, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, House Appropriations and Revenue Chair Rick Rand and House Education Chair Derrick Graham Wednesday expressed outrage that the Gov. Matt Bevin has willfully ignored the law. At issue is additional funding mandated by law to be released by the governor when schools experience a shortfall...

Bills to provide boost to minimum wage, college tuition assistance approved by House committee

House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s proposals to make college more affordable and raising the state’s minimum wage easily cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday with bipartisan support. “Taken together, these bills would do more to move Kentucky ahead than any others we consider outside of the budget,” said Stumbo of Prestonsburg. “It’s time we ease the costs families...

Scholarship program would provide free tuition to attend Kentucky community and technical colleges

Kentucky House leaders unveiled legislation Wednesday that, after taking state and federal aid into account, would provide free tuition for graduating high school students attending the state’s community and technical colleges. The initiative would be known as the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program. “It has been nearly 20 years since we have seen an idea that could have as big an impact as...

Capitol Notes: Phone deregulation bill, state minimum wage bill clear house committees

Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, presents a telecommunications bill in the House Economic Development Committee. (Photo from LRC Public Information)   Phone deregulation bill clears House panel   Supporters of a bill approved by a House Economic Development Committee say the measure will help lead to growth in Kentucky’s broadband network through deregulation of landline service.   House...

Two-year, $20.3 billion spending plan headed to governor’s desk after legislature gives OK

The Kentucky General Assembly has approved a two-year spending plan that authorizes $20.3 billion in spending for education, public safety, Medicaid, and other state government services while cutting spending in many state agencies by 5 percent through fiscal year 2016.   House Bill 235, sponsored by House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand, D-Bedford, was granted final passage...

Speaker Greg Stumbo responds to complaints
about using coal severance for Rupp Arena

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has released a statement regarding the use of excess multicounty coal severance revenue to move renovations of Lexington’s Rupp Arena forward. He said it is not an unprecedented concept, and that he will also work to see the $2.5 million is repaid as the Fayette County project moves forward.   Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Stumbo’s statement...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: Bryan Durman Act goes to governor; military voting bill passes House

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   Persons convicted in the death of a Kentucky law enforcement officer or firefighter would serve more time in prison for specific offenses before becoming eligible for probation or parole under a bill now on its way to becoming law.   Senate Bill 15, sponsored by Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, received final passage by a 38-0 vote in the Senate...

Capilouto praises passage of bill that gives UK, others go-ahead on building projects

Staff report   A bill that would allow state universities to assume debt for specific construction projects is headed to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk for a signature after the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the legislation Wednesday.   Commonwealth Stadium renovations are among UK projects that will go forward now that House Bill 7 has passed. (KyForward file photo)   House...