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Bills to help health departments with pensions pass House; some will require public-health tax hikes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two bills that were presented as part of a “three-phase approach” to create a sustainable solution to local health departments’ pension crisis passed the state House Feb. 13. The third part of the plan involves the state budget. The budget committee chair, Republican Rep. Steven Rudy of Paducah, cautioned House members that passage of the bills...

Commentary: New voluntary federal ID cards now compliant with mandates, pose no threat to privacy

By Rep. Jim DuPlessis Special to KyForward In 2005, legislation was enacted by the United States Congress to beef up national security by adding new requirements for state driver’s licenses and other official ID cards. Ever since then, as states have gone through the process of complying with the new mandates, much opposition has formed to what is often called REAL ID. However, despite those concerns,...

Lawmakers question plan to apply cap to plan to provide cities with addition state road aid

Cities want more state road aid, according to testimony given to state lawmakers Wednesday, and local officials say they have a plan to get it that won’t hurt counties. But not all lawmakers seemed convinced, with some requesting more information about the proposal. The Kentucky League of Cities’ plan would set an $825 million cap on state road funds distributed through a state 1948 revenue-sharing...