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State Treasurer Allison Ball critical of Gov. Andy Beshear; lawmakers foreshadow more to come

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Treasurer Allison Ball took Gov. Andy Beshear to task over what she said was an unconstitutional executive order during the pandemic and other Republican lawmakers hinted that there could be legislative action in the next session. Ball said Beshear ordering churches not to hold in-person services during the spring was unconstitutional and infringed upon the free exercise...

Kentucky lawmakers considering bill demanding state’s public agencies cooperate with ICE

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill to require local police and other public agencies to actively participate in enforcing federal immigration law. Co-sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll from Paducah and ten other lawmakers – all Republicans – the bill is slated to be read tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jessica Klein, policy associate...

Beshear denies involvement in state opioid settlement after being grilled by legislative panel

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was grilled last week by lawmakers over a $24 million settlement against a pharmaceutical company even though he told them he had no involvement. Former Demoractic Attorney General Jack Conway settled a lawsuit against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma in December 2015 just a few weeks before Beshear replaced Conway as attorney...

Legislative Program Review & Investigations committee will look into KHC, county jails

A bipartisan committee of state legislators empowered to review the operations of state agencies and programs met Thursday to elect new co-chairs and vote on topics to study during the remainder of the year. Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, and Rep. Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, were elected as co-chairs of the 16-member group, known as the Program Review & Investigations Committee. Their elections were...

Legislative Briefs: Pension transparency bill approved; jails measure passes state Senate

A bill that would make state retirement systems’ transactions more transparent, hold the systems accountable when contracting out services and require that pension trustees have actual investment experience passed the state Senate by a unanimous vote Tuesday. The “pension reorganization legislation,” given the designation of Senate Bill 2, was the result of the two years’ worth of work by the...