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Governor signs legislation that will result in creation of more than 14,500 jobs across Commonwealth

Gov. Andy Beshear joined legislative leaders from both parties on Wednesday to sign bipartisan legislation appropriating funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to create jobs, build better schools, expand broadband and invest in infrastructure, including clean drinking water. The Governor also signed House Bill 574, which expands voting opportunities in Kentucky. “While points of friction...

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...

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...

Kentucky House Democratic Caucus selects, Reps. Adkins, Graham, Jenkins as leadership team

State Representatives Rocky Adkins, Derrick Graham and Joni Jenkins will serve as the House Democratic Leadership team for the next two years, following a vote by their fellow caucus members this afternoon. Rep. Graham is the first African-American and Rep. Jenkins is the second woman in history to be a Democratic leader in the House. left to right, House Democratic Chair Derrick Graham of Frankfort,...

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...

Rep. David Meade files priority legislation addressing adoption and foster care changes

House Majority Caucus Chairman David Meade, R-Stanford, along with primary co-sponsor Joni Jenkins of Louisville, have filed a comprehensive measure to provide reforms that will improve Kentucky’s adoption and foster care systems. The bill is the first step in streamlining the actual placement of children into loving homes in a quick and affordable manner. House Bill 1 is based heavily off of recommendations...

Democratic members of House Budget Committee say Bevin wants to withhold health care

By Rep. Jim Wayne and Rep. Joni Jenkins Special to KyForward The superbly accurate reporting of the Louisville Courier Journal’s Deborah Yetter, which outlines in detail the outrageous lies and subterfuge perpetrated upon Kentuckians by Gov. Matt Bevin regarding kynect, Benefind and expanded Medicaid, has pushed our outrage to the limit. Gone are our assumptions that the Bevin Administration...

Dating violence bill passes House committee; ‘common-sense’ legislation goes to full House

A proposal that would allow dating couples to seek civil protective orders in cases of domestic violence, abuse, sex abuse or stalking has passed the House Judiciary Committee.   House Bill 8, sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, and Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, now goes to the full House for consideration.   First Lady Jane Beshear said Kentucky is the only...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: HIV testing bill passes House, now goes to Senate for consideration

A bill that would require those accused of sex crimes to undergo HIV testing at the victim’s request within 48 hours of the request passed the House today by a vote of 96-0. House Bill 107, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, now goes to the Senate for its consideration. “In the aftermath of a sex crime, victims have a lot to worry about, and HIV is at the top of their list,” said Jenkins,...