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Quarles challenges Beshear’s executive orders, claims violations of process in state constitution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles filed a lawsuit Monday in the Scott Circuit Court in Georgetown to declare several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders to be violations of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution. Quarles filed the case alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, which joined him as a co-plaintiff in the case. “The...

Kentucky’s drinking water demonstrates continued excellence in quality, according to annual report

Kentucky’s 2018 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 434 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements. The annual report, released Monday by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), summarizes compliance data and monitoring results of public water systems. Kentucky’s...

Kentucky Department of Insurance issues penalty against CaremarkPCS Health for multiple violations

The Kentucky Department of Insurance has issued an Order of Civil Penalty and Probation against pharmacy benefit manager CaremarkPCS Health, LLC for multiple violations of the Kentucky Insurance Code. As a result, Caremark’s pharmacy benefit manager license has been placed on probation for 12 months, and Caremark has been assessed a fine of $1,551,500. The order cites 454 violations related to reimbursement...

Changes coming to Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law on July 14; financial penalties loom for violations

Beginning July 14, the Kentucky Public Service Commission will investigate excavation damage to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines to determine whether it was caused by violations of Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law. Under a change to the law that takes effect July 14, the PSC will be able to impose financial penalties if violations are uncovered. PSC Chairman Michael Schmitt said that the stepped-up...