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Senate Democrats re-elect McGarvey, Parrett in leadership positions; Thomas newly elected

Senators Morgan McGarvey of Louisville and Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown were re-elected to serve in Senate Minority Leadership positions by their Democratic Senate colleagues. Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington is newly elected to leadership and will become Minority Caucus Chair. He replaces outgoing Sen. Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg. Sen. Reggie Thomas (left), Sen. Morgan McGarvey (center) and...

Senate Democratic Caucus elects Parrett to replace Carroll as minority whip

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate Democrats elected Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, as minority whip on Wednesday. Parrett, 57, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee as well as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee. In the leadership role, Parrett will work closely with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on legislation that’s coming up for votes. Sen....

Capitol Notes: House panel passes budget proposal; invasive species, other bills advance

House budget committee passes budget proposal: The House budget committee today gave its approval to a nearly $20.3 billion two-year state budget proposal that would trim funding for most of state government, leave some areas untouched, and offer modest increases for foster parents and private child care providers.   Most of the spending in House Bill 235, sponsored by House Appropriations and...

State senate passes new bill allowing alternative high school graduates diplomas

High school graduates with special needs, who received a certificate of attainment upon finishing high school, may now request an alternative high school diploma from their local board of education.   The regulation change came with passage of Senate Bill 43 (2012), sponsored by Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, it allows a student with a severe disability...