2019 legislative session

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Nearly 200 bills passed out of the Kentucky legislature this year and most of them will go into effect on Thursday.


Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort for the final day of this year’s legislative session on Thursday and will have to decide whether to override vetoes made by Gov. Matt Bevin and pass any bills at the last minute.

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would make sexual harassment an offense under the ethics code for state lawmakers. The bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by the governor to become law.

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Kentucky lawmakers have unveiled a school-safety measure, nearly a year after two students died in a school shooting at a high school in the state.

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State lawmakers return to Frankfort today for the beginning of the Kentucky General Assembly. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says a variety of issues are on tap. Chief among them: pensions.

After the Supreme Court struck down the legislature’s last attempt to change pension benefits, Republican leaders say they’ll try again this year. But it’s unclear what this year’s version will look like.


A Kentucky state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill for the 2019 legislative session that would require racial and ethnic impact statements when the commonwealth considers new criminal justice or safety laws.

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Newly elected west Kentucky lawmakers heading soon to Frankfort say they believe continued tax reform and the push to legalize marijuana will be on the agenda next year.

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Among their list of legislative goals in 2019, The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce believes sports wagering holds untapped revenue potential for the state and wants legislators to make it legal.

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Republican leaders of the Kentucky legislature say they will consider passing another bill dealing with state workers’ retirement benefits if the state Supreme Court strikes down the controversial pension bill that drew thousands of protesters to Frankfort earlier this year.

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After Florida voters decided to restore voting rights to people who have completed sentences for felony convictions, Kentucky lawmakers will once again consider the issue during the next legislative session.