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Columns

  • Senate plan moves to approval on Medicaid

     FRANKFORT – During the special session last week, the Senate created a responsible approach to solving this Medicaid budget shortfall.

    The House of Representatives agreed with the Senate plan and the bill was sent to the Governor’s desk.  However late Friday March 25, as many offices were closing for the day, the Governor vetoed all of the important accountability provisions and is now left with an unrestricted checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Foolishness could lead to local secession movement

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The controversial Bullitt County smoking ban may lead to a burning down of the entire community.

    Under severe pressure from local voters, businesses and churches, Bullitt Fiscal Court members finally came up with a solution to their lingering issues: Secession.

    In an unprecedented turn of events, Fiscal Court declared, without an official vote, that Bullitt County would secede from both the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States of America.

  • Kentucky Senate week in review with Sen. Paul Hornback

     One of the more unusual and intriguing special sessions in recent memory wrapped up in rare fashion this week, with the House concurring in a Senate plan to plug a hole in the Medicaid budget without the need for a conference committee. Before voting for the plan, however, House leaders announced that the governor would issue line-item vetoes gutting key Senate changes to the bill. The House then adjourned its session, forgoing the traditional opportunity to override those vetoes.

  • Senate week in review: March 25

     One of the more unusual and intriguing special sessions in recent memory wrapped up in rare fashion this week, with the House concurring in a Senate plan to plug a hole in the Medicaid budget without the need for a conference committee.

    Before voting for the plan, however, House leaders announced that the governor would issue line-item vetoes gutting key Senate changes to the bill. The House then adjourned its session, forgoing the traditional opportunity to override those vetoes.

  • Live comedy is more than just simply telling a good joke

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  • Little progress being made with little Senate support

     FRANKFORT – Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year.  It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session’s final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • Smoking issue very important

     Each year at least 443,000 people in the US die from smoking and secondhand smoke and 8.6 million suffer from smoking-caused illness. 

  • Legislative update from Rep. Linda Belcher

                When the General Assembly began the 2011 Regular Session in January, there was only one thing that had to be done: Plug a sizeable deficit in Medicaid.

  • House members race against the clock to ensure legislative action

                With little time remaining in the 2011 Regular Session, we used this week as the opportunity to amend and act on legislation.  This was done with the hope that each chamber will have an opportunity to consider and concur upon a great number of bills from the other chamber before we adjourn for the ten-day veto period.

  • Looking back from the future for tobacco