Monthly Archives: February 2021

House passes bill to save historical horse racing, goes to Beshear for signature

House passes bill to save historical horse racing, goes to Beshear for signature

The Kentucky House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that attempts to save slot-like machines at Kentucky racetracks, which the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled were illegal. Senate Bill 120 creates a legal definition for parimutuel wagering — which is one of the few forms of gambling allowed in Kentucky’s constitution — to include historical…more »

Ky. Lawmakers Discuss Mystery Election Bill Supported By Rand Paul

Ky. Lawmakers Discuss Mystery Election Bill Supported By Rand Paul

Republican state lawmakers and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul are rallying around a yet-to-be-revealed bill that would make changes to Kentucky’s election laws, though it’s unclear what exactly the bill would do. Rep. Jennifer Decker, a Republican from Waddy and the bill’s sponsor, said Thursday she won’t unveil the contents of the bill to the public…more »

Psaki says schools with in-person classes ‘one day a week’ count as reopened

Psaki says schools with in-person classes ‘one day a week’ count as reopened

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday to clarify President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen K-8 schools within 100 days of his presidency. At an afternoon press conference, a reporter asked Psaki to “help us understand” the White House’s or the president’s definition of “open school.” “Does it mean teachers in classroom teaching…more »

400,000 unread emails part of concerns for unemployment system

400,000 unread emails part of concerns for unemployment system

A report released Tuesday by State Auditor Mike Harmon found numerous issues within Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance System. Overall, the report, known as the Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky, or SSWAK, had 25 findings, half of which dealt with the Office of Unemployment Insurance and the UI fund. Due to the high volume of claims and…more »

State Senate passes slots-like gambling for horse industry

State Senate passes slots-like gambling for horse industry

A bill to legalize slots-like historic horse racing machines in Kentucky passed the state Senate 22-15 on Tuesday with bipartisan support. The Kentucky Supreme Court determined last September that the HHR, as it is known, was not pari-mutuel wagering and therefore not legal in Kentucky. Last month, the justices unanimously denied a motion for rehearing,…more »

State data shows Black Kentuckians are underserved by vaccine rollout

State data shows Black Kentuckians are underserved by vaccine rollout

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,003 new COVID-19 cases Monday – the lowest number he had reported since December – but virus deaths remained high. Beshear said there were 40 additional virus deaths, but some were previously confirmed and were newly announced Monday. The current coronavirus death toll in Kentucky is 4,051. Warren County deaths included…more »

Kentucky House Passes Pension Bill Aimed At New Teachers

Kentucky House Passes Pension Bill Aimed At New Teachers

The Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday to change retirement benefits for new teachers hired starting next year as Republican lawmakers confronted the politically volatile pension issue. GOP lawmakers said the measure would relieve some pressure on the state’s troubled public pension plan for teachers but won’t solve its massive unfunded liability. The bill would…more »

Changes to planning commission voting rules still in doubt

Changes to planning commission voting rules still in doubt

The fate of a plan to restructure how voting is handled on most City-County Planning Commission of Warren County decisions, which requires approval by all the county’s legislative bodies, could come down to geography. Warren Fiscal Court and the Bowling Green City Commission have approved an amended joint agreement that would give more weight to…more »

Repossessed: Pandemic-related moratoriums for car repos expire

Repossessed: Pandemic-related moratoriums for car repos expire

Briana Bellinger-Dawson was caught off guard when she couldn’t find her car in the parking lot outside of a grocery store last spring. “I thought my car was stolen, and my heart was racing,” Bellinger-Dawson said. “I usually know exactly where I park. So, I kind of freaked out just a little bit.” In March…more »

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