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Legislative Updates

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Rep. Dennis Keene Frankfort Update: A vote against gutting the state workers and teachers health insurance fund

March 2, 2018

FRANKFORT –Last evening the House voted on the two-part budget bill. I voted against the revenue portion of the bill because it guts the state workers health insurance fund, removing $480,000 million from the savings pool, paid by state workers and…

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Legislative News from Frankfort by Rep. Dennis Keene February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

FRANKFORT – Although it wasn’t his intention, Governor Bevin’s plan to radically change Kentucky’s public retirement systems has sparked a textbook example of democracy in action. Since he and other legislative leaders presented a framework of ideas last fall, there have…

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News from the KY House of Representatives from Rep. Dennis Keene February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

As a bill, the state budget isn’t particularly long, but it’s not a quick read, either, with blocks of text periodically broken up by rows of numbers. At the same time, there is no more important legislation before the General…

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Legislative News from the General Assembly February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

FRANKFORT – The one thing a legislative session guarantees is that no two days are alike.  My House colleagues and I may spend an hour or more debating a bill that could have a profound impact on education or public safety,…

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A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Dennis Keene January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

  FRANKFORT – In ways large and small, illegal drug use touches all of us.  It steals the future of those addicted, it tears at the lives of their loved ones, it fills our prisons beyond capacity, it strains local and…

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Representative Dennis Keene Files Bill to Create Drug Addiction Funding Committee

January 24, 2018

Frankfort, KY—Announced at a press conference held today in the Kentucky Capitol, Democratic House Caucus Chairman, Representative Dennis Keene filed legislation recommended by Attorney General Andy Beshear to create a drug addiction committee that will oversee spending of funds received…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

FRANKFORT – Most days during a legislative session, it is not uncommon to see supporters in the Capitol Rotunda rallying for a variety of important causes.  Each event may be different, but they collectively serve as powerful reminders that the votes…

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Frankfort News from Rep. Dennis Keene January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018

FRANKFORT – The first few weeks of a legislative session may seem slow at first glance, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of these opening days. That’s because this is the time when legislators and the governor alike lay out their…

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How Pension Reform Impacts Everyday Kentuckians by Rep. Dennis Keene

October 5, 2017

Frankfort, KY—Governor Matt Bevin will soon call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to address the pension shortfall.  The decisions that will be made during this session impacts the lives of everyday Kentuckians and particularly those working in…

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Legislative Update by Rep. Dennis Keene March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

Through a series of extreme parliamentary maneuvers that kept teachers and other interested Kentuckians from effectively voicing their concerns, the House Majority forced a vote on the “charter schools” bill Friday in an early morning committee meeting, before rushing the…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene February 27, 2017

March 2, 2017

We passed the half-way point of our 30-day session this week and accrued some historic stats along the way. A combined total of 793 bills were filed in the House and Senate this year. That’s the second-highest amount for an…

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 Legislative Update from Representative Dennis Keene February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

Frankfort, KY–Democracy in action is often a crowded affair, as the waiting rooms and hallways of the Capitol and Capitol Annex overflowed this past week with large groups of Kentuckians traveling to Frankfort to make their voices heard on key…

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