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This Week at the Capitol: Legislature passes austere one-year budget amid pandemic, uncertain revenues

Over the past month the number of Kentuckians who have tested positive for COVID-19 has grown from zero to 770, the stock market has suffered record-setting plunges and unemployment numbers have skyrocketed. In this environment, no one yet knows the toll the pandemic will ultimately take on the economy. Lawmakers acknowledged as much on Wednesday as they approved an austere state budget. Although state...

This Week at the State Capitol: Bills arrive on Bevin’s desk, including school safety; others advance

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session passed a major milestone this week as bills passed by both the Senate and House began arriving on the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The first bill of the year delivered to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office was Senate Bill 4, a measure that would require candidates for public office in Kentucky to electronically file their campaign finance reports starting...