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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...

Matt Bevin coming under harsh, bipartisan condemnation for long list of ‘extreme’ pardons

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, joined a bipartisan lineup of other lawmakers who have spoken up in condemnation of Gov. Matt Bevin’s long list of pardons. In fact, Stivers may have had some of the strongest language of all officials.   
“From what we know of former Governor Bevin’s extreme pardons and commutations, the Senate Republican...

Bill could let legislature limit lawsuit awards; second bill could limit attorney fees in malpractice suits

The Kentucky General Assembly would be able to pass a law limiting the amount of non-economic damages that could be awarded in personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits, under a bill moving to a floor vote in the state Senate. The House may block the legislation, but a companion bill approved by another Senate committee Feb. 7 would limit the amount of attorney fees in medical-malpractice lawsuits...

Some Kentucky lawmakers continue to push for expanded gaming despite staunch opposition

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today One of Kentucky’s top lawmakers questioned Thursday whether a constitutional amendment is necessary to legalize casinos in Kentucky. “Somebody explain to me what the constitutional prohibition is against land-based casino gaming?” Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters at the Capitol. “There is none.” The Manchester Republican said lawmakers have the authority...

Louisville lawmaker McGarvey pushes for legalization of marijuana for the terminally ill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – A Kentucky lawmaker, proposing to legalize marijuana for the terminally ill, believes longstanding moral objections are waning in the Bible belt state. State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, made his case for palliative, or “end of life,” marijuana to the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services on Wednesday. McGarvey...

Bill expanding use of ignition interlocks OK’d by Senate; aimed at reducing drunk driving

Saying it would reduce the number of habitual drunken drivers, a majority of state senators voted today for legislation that would expand the use of ignition interlocks for people caught driving under the influence of alcohol.   The legislation, known as Senate Bill 133, would supplement hardship licenses – special licenses allowing people with suspended licenses to drive to work, school and...

Legislators hear pitch to bring new lottery game based on horse racing to Kentucky

One man’s quest to get the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to purchase a game of chance he conceived in an effort to promote and create additional revenue for Kentucky’s horse racing tracks has reached the General Assembly.   “I think anything we can do to help the horse racing industry is something we as a General Assembly ought to be interested in,” Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown,...