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Commentary: Children and families were the major beneficiaries during 2018 legislative session

By Rep. David Meade and First Lady Glenna Bevin Special to KyForward While numerous policies beneficial to all Kentuckians were passed in the 2018 session, children and families were the major winners. The record of accomplishment on their behalf in 2018 alone was extraordinary. Not only did we work together to make significant reforms to Kentucky’s adoption and foster care systems, but social workers...

Comprehensive bill to reform Kentucky’s adoption, foster care system passes house with a 94-1 vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky House overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive bill that revitalizes the state’s child welfare system. Following months of study, listening sessions, and bipartisan work, the lawmakers nearly unanimously passed adoption and foster care reforms. House Bill 1 will streamline the placement of children into homes, empower foster parents in the process, and make...

Commentary: Streamlining, improving adoption in Kentucky the goal of new legislative work group

By David Meade Special to KyForward In the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, a focus like no other was placed on children and families. In historic fashion, the legislature passed critical legislation to improve foster care placement, protect life, and combat our devastating drug epidemic. And thanks to the leadership of Speaker Jeff Hoover, we will now have the chance to do even more...

Kentucky Fresh Harvest to invest $10.7 million, create 75 jobs with Lincoln County project

Gov. Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles recognized Kentucky Fresh Harvest LLC as company and Stanford-area officials broke ground on a $10.7 million, 75-job facility to produce cherry tomatoes. “Agriculture in an essential industry in the Commonwealth. The arrival of this high-tech greenhouse operation is an innovative way to produce high-quality products at less cost,” Bevin...