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DPH commissioner to discuss strategies to address opioid epidemic at national conference

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), will represent the state during a national Opioid Policy session this weekend. Organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), The Opioid Policy Fellows roundtable will discuss opioid addiction and overdose issues. The session runs January 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This event...

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....

Rep. Mike Denham: General Assembly's top priority will be adopting budget to run state

While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.   Although planning began months ago, the first official stop for what is a multistage process came a little before Christmas, when the Consensus Forecasting Group gave its final revenue forecast and predicted...