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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

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

September 5, 2019

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…

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LEGISLATIVE SNAPSHOT: SB70 Strengthening Domestic Violence Laws

April 10, 2019

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…

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

April 2, 2019

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…

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LEGISLATIVE SNAPSHOT: SB 97 Sexual Assault Legislation

April 2, 2019

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…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene March 5, 2019

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…

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

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…

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State Rep. Dennis Keene files House Bill 27 exempting non-profits from changes in new tax law

February 7, 2019

Fiscal note estimates $12 million impact FRANKFORT, KY- After hearing numerous complaints from non-profit organizations upset with the impact the state’s new tax changes have had on them, state Rep. Dennis Keene filed House Bill 27 that would exempt non-profits…

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Many Open Questions Remain on Tax Increases Passed During Legislative Session

May 16, 2018

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…

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Editorial by Rep. Dennis Keene – Many Open Questions Remain on Tax Increases Passed During Legislative Session

May 15, 2018

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…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene April 24, 2018

April 26, 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…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene April 9, 2018

April 10, 2018

FRANKFORT – The common thread binding all good legislation is that, by the time the actual vote arrives, the outcome is all but a foregone conclusion. It takes a lot of effort to get to that point, of course.  Stakeholders need…

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Why I oppose this budget

April 6, 2018

By Representative Dennis Keene, Minority House Caucus Chairman House Minority Leadership- Rep. Rocky Adkins, Rep. Wilson Stone and I, were excluded from conference committee meetings on the budget last week because of partisan politics. So when the budget was finally…

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