2020 Kentucky Legislative Session

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The GOP-controlled Kentucky General Assembly ended the 2020 regular session by overriding Gov. Andy Beshear's budget objections, granting the state's attorney general more authority to regulate abortion clinics amid the pandemic, and approving all but one member of the governor's board of education.

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Republicans in the General Assembly and statewide offices took aim Tuesday at the state's Democratic governor, who's spent weeks in the spotlight during the coronavirus outbreak. The pushback came in the form of veto overrides, accusations of partisan hypocrisy, and legislation shifting the conversation about which businesses should remain closed.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.

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Lawmakers returned to work in Frankfort Thursday with their eye on coronavirus relief and leaders signaling that some priority bills might be dead for the session. But other business did move forward in committee - keeping alive concerns that the legislature could still act on controversial measures amid the partial shutdown of the Capitol.

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The rapidly-evolving coronavirus pandemic has thrown a massive wrench into the state budget in the final weeks of the Kentucky General Assembly. Republican leaders are pressing to streamline the process as Democrats cry foul.

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The Kentucky Senate has rolled out its first draft of the two-year spending plan, proposing a deep cut in teacher retirement system dollars if “structural changes” aren’t made to reduce costs. Lawmakers argue the Senate is confronting a new budget reality that didn’t exist when the governor and the House put forward their plans just weeks ago.

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Kentucky lawmakers have given final passage to a bill to cut out the role of pharmacy benefit managers in handling Medicaid prescription drug claims. The Senate voted 30-1 Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Andy Beshear.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is taking still more dramatic steps to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, insisting on the closure of more businesses and calling on lawmakers to halt debate on controversial, non-budget bills or head home.  

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Setting out a potential legislative timetable amid the coronavirus outbreak, a top Kentucky lawmaker outlined a plan to pass priority bills with a goal of ending this year’s session next week.

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The Kentucky Senate's passionately-debated priority immigration bill is slated for a hearing in a House committee Wednesday - despite new coronavirus precautions that bar the general public from attending. 

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