What To Look For In the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 Session

For WFPL News Published: January 5, 2014 By RAE HODGE The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly gets underway this week, and most of the high-priority bills state lawmakers will grapple with are re-incarnations of last year’s unresolved dilemmas. Here are the old battles that are scheduled to be… Continue reading

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky’s General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

For WFPL News Published: December 18, 2013 By RAE HODGE   FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.… Continue reading

How Kentucky Handles Death Penalty Cases For Mentally Ill Inmates

For Kentucky Public Radio Published WED DECEMBER 10, 2014 By RAE HODGE A nationwide debate on the execution of mentally ill death row prisoners erupted across the country after a federal appeals court last week granted a last-minute stay of execution to convicted murderer and diagnosed schizophrenic Scott Panetti in Texas. Could a… Continue reading

Kentucky Lawmakers Wrestling Over Ways to Address Heroin Epidemic

For Kentucky Public Radio Published SUN NOVEMBER 30, 2014 By RAE HODGE   Lawmakers continue to wrestle with ways to solve Kentucky’s growing heroin epidemic as the start of a new legislative session in Frankfort nears. Legislators have pre-filed several bills aimed at the combating the issue, but the parties remain divided… Continue reading

Kentucky Democrats to Push for Statewide Minimum Wage Hike

For Kentucky Public Radio Published WED NOVEMBER 26, 2014 By RAE HODGE   The debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up in Louisville, and Democratic state lawmakers want to take the issue statewide in 2015. Rep. Rick Rand, who chairs the Kentucky House committee on Appropriations and Revenue, said the… Continue reading