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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asks legislators for law to limit governor’s powers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron urged lawmakers to consider making changes to the law that gives a governor emergency powers. During testimony before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Cameron said the law passed in 1998, known as KRS Chapter 39A, mentioned many potential emergency situations. “Even with this comprehensive list, I’m...

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in split decision, throws out law restricting common abortion method

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal court of appeals panel in Cincinnati, on a split decision, has upheld a lower court ruling that threw out a Kentucky law restricting use of a common method of abortion. Legislation known as House Bill 454 passed the Kentucky General Assembly in 2018 and was signed into law by then-Gov. Matt Bevin. The measure outlawed use of a procedure called dilation and evacuation,...

State providing financial assistance to family foster caregivers; relatives, fictive kin could get payments

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS. An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults...