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Longtime Kentucky legislators honored during Black History Month celebration at state capitol

Three longtime members of the Kentucky General Assembly were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens at the 15th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda. Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, was the keynote speaker. Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, presented the 2018 Legacy Achievement...

Three sites announced for felony expungement information sessions in response to new state law

In response to Kentucky’s new felony expungement law, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL), the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Clean Slate Kentucky and legal aid organizations are partnering to host a series of expungement information sessions in the coming weeks. These events are aimed at helping interested citizens understand and navigate the felony expungement process....

Kynect, Medicaid expansion protection legislation appears headed to House for surprise vote

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Bills to continue the Kynect health-insurance exchange and the state’s current expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program passed out of the House Health and Welfare Committee last week, starting a series of legislative votes on health reform that once seemed unlikely. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he expects the bills to pass the Democratic-majority...

Legislative Briefs: ‘Ultrasound bill’ passes Senate; emergency personnel fitness measure approved

The state Senate passed a bill seeking to change the informed consent process required prior to an abortion in Kentucky by a 32-4 vote Monday. Senate Bill 152 would require an ultrasound be performed prior to an abortion and that the woman seeking that abortion be allowed to see the ultrasound image, said state Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, who sponsored the bill. Calling it the “ultrasound...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: Lawmakers to honor KET’s Press; expungement bill clears House

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   KET founding director to receive Vic Hellard Jr. Award   O. Leonard Press (Photo from KET) O. Leonard Press, who conceived and struggled for years against long odds to get funding for Kentucky Educational Television and was its founding director, will be in Frankfort Wednesday to formally receive the Legislature’s highest honor. Press had earlier...