A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Red Zone Culture: Long-awaited LRC
report lays bare research agency’s problems

By Rae Hodge KyForward Frankfort reporter   The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission might not be a household name around dinner tables in the Commonwealth. But the unsung organization is the state government’s official lawmaking tool chest: It draft bills, conducts studies, distributes legislative news, keeps records and researches crucial policy questions.   This quietude is by design....

Capitol Notes: Kentucky’s unfolding civic history largely written in 60 working days

By Scott Payton Legislative Research Commission   Let me have audience for a word or two … about this fair Assembly.   So said the Bard, in another context but it still applies.   For the next three and a half months, there’ll be lots more than a word or two written about the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, including more than 16,000 in coming weeks right here. A poet like Shakespeare...

Ethics Reporter: Kentucky is 9th best in U.S. when it comes to government integrity laws

Special to KyForward   Compared to the other 49 states, Kentucky scored well (ninth best in the nation) in a recent survey of state laws on open records and meetings, conflict of interest and whistleblower protections, although the survey found weak laws in most states.   Better Government Association’s state-by-state analysis shows government integrity laws lack strength, transparency...