KYGA19 Live: Day 1

Word has it that Rep. Jim Glenn will be allowed to take his still-disputed seat. At the very least, he was alllowed to take a chair. A panel is supposed to handle the election question, with names drawn from a box on the clerk’s desk.

 

UPDATE: 1:28 p.m.

The Glenn/Johnson seating dispute is now being deliberated by the House Committee on Committees, beside the Speaker’s chair. KET has the House livestream.

 

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m.

The House adjourns.  Until the final moments, it stayed embroiled in the decision whether to seat Glenn. Dems and GOP continue to rally via floor speeches. The argument comes down to whether the House’s 9-member panel–six Republicans and three Democrats–should be allowed to determine if Glenn will be allowed his legislative seat after his election. The panel’s composition:


Meanwhile, chamber leadership has been sworn in on both sides of the legislature. And Bevin has called for a special election to be held March 5 to fill former Sen. Ray Jones’ District 31 seat. Per the AP:

The Republican and Democratic parties will each nominate one candidate for the election. Independents and candidates from other political organizations can also file. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. on Jan. 15th. Write-in candidates must file a declaration of intent with the Secretary of State’s office no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 5th.

 


 

Goforth is going for it: “People are tired of being ridiculed.”

Bill Estep’s got the video for the Herald-Leader:


 

Government Contract Review Committee

Student suicide and addiction watch – One thing to watch here is the contract between the state and Reach of Louisville to conduct behavioral health surveys among Kentucky students. The survey program has been in place since 1999, and Reach has held the contract for this since 2002, coordinating with schools. It’s almost entirely funded by federal block grant dollars. And in today’s case, they sought–and secured–contract approval for a $500,000 federal-dollar increase to expand anti-addiction curriculum.

Officials said updates were needed for the survey in 2014 when an uptick in student and military suicides became apparent. And they further received $31.4 million (mainly federal) for efforts in response to the opioid epidemic.

The committee approved the contract without objection.

From the committee’s personal survey contract amendment list found here:

The survey is administered in even numbered calendar years and involves over 150 school districts and 124,000 students. It is the Commonwealth’s primary source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth and is available to Kentucky’s school systems. Services will include statistical and survey administration support to the Department for the DBHDID, Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) in meeting the Federal requirements of the Synar Amendment, and Prevention Framework System (PFS) 2015.

The committee’s next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12, on adjournment of both chambers.

On the agenda for the next meeting: The 7-month-long tangle between local governments and the state’s area development districts.

 

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