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Legislative Updates

OPINION EDITORIAL on the Rising Costs of Insulin by Representative Dennis Keene

Frankfort, KY—The high cost of insulin was a hot topic during a recent Banking and Insurance Interim Committee meeting this summer.  We heard testimony from diabetic patients as well as representatives of the Volunteer Leadership Council on National Diabetes.  The bottom line is that the cost of life-saving insulin has skyrocketed to nearly $300 per…

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LEGISLATIVE SNAPSHOT: SB70 Strengthening Domestic Violence Laws

With strong bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed Senator Alice Forgy Kerr’s domestic violence legislation, SB 70, which makes strangulation its own felony crime under Kentucky’s Criminal Code, closing a legal loophole. Gov. Bevin signed the bill into law on March 26, 2019. The new law gives prosecutors the tools needed to prosecute this…

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End of Legislative Session Wrap-up by Rep. Dennis Keene

Frankfort, KY—When the General Assembly returned to the Capitol last Thursday to complete this year’s legislative session, one unresolved issue towered over the rest.  Regrettably, the solution now set to become law is not the one we need, and the very way it was approved – late at night, before the bill could even be…

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LEGISLATIVE SNAPSHOT: SB 97 Sexual Assault Legislation

By a vote of 100-0, the House passed SB 97 championed by Sen. Denise Harper-Angel to help victims of sexual assault by focusing on tracking rape kits. Kentucky joins states such as California, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah in giving survivors the right to know the status of their rape kit.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene March 5, 2019

Frankfort, KY–We are down to the final month of the 2019 legislative session, with just six regular days remaining, plus two for after the VETO period, with Sine Die happening on March 28th. Last week hundreds of visitors came to Frankfort to lobby for education and other issues. Several big issues will come before the…

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General Assembly Legislative Update by Rep. Dennis Keene February 19, 2019

Frankfort – Before legislation hits the floor of the House of Representatives, committees have debated and heard the bills. I am proud to serve on five committees this term–House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regs Committee, the Natural Resources & Energy Committee, as well as the Banking & Insurance and Appropriations & Revenue Committees, and he…

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Many Open Questions Remain on Tax Increases Passed During Legislative Session

By Representative Dennis Keene Frankfort, KY–Legislators often name bills in honor of those who served as inspiration for the proposed changes, but for some reason, House and Senate leaders overlooked a truly golden opportunity when they rushed major tax changes through the General Assembly last month. To correct that oversight, I have come up with…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene April 24, 2018

FRANKFORT – When historians look back on the 2018 legislative session, most of their attention will understandably be focused on three things: the state’s budget, the corresponding tax plan and public-pension reform.  They didn’t generate every headline, but there’s no doubt they accounted for most. Dozens of other bills, however, completed the same journey as those…

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