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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

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Representative Dennis Keene Legislative Update January 9, 2017

January 11, 2017

By State Representative Dennis Keene During the first few days of the 2017 legislative session in the Kentucky General Assembly, I fought hard d to protect the interests of Kentucky’s working families against a rising tide of wealthy corporate interests,…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene April 1, 2016

April 4, 2016

The Kentucky General Assembly met this Friday in its 59th day, and with one day to spare in our 60-day session, efforts to reach compromise on the state’s next two-year budget plan have stalled. House and Senate members of the…

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Representative Dennis Keene’s View on Budget Impasse

March 31, 2016

“The bottom line is that when states cut education it results in a tax on families and weakens our economy” Frankfort, KY—We are in the final days of the legislative session and despite committee hearings, expert testimony, data and charts,…

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Representative Dennis Keene Secures Critical Infrastructure Dollars for Campbell County Cities

March 25, 2016

$4 million secured in House transportation budget for road projects  Frankfort, KY—Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) has secured $4 million in funds for projects in the House transportation budget that was passed earlier this week. “These transportation funds are critical to…

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Rep. Keene Strongly Supported Tough DUI Legislation Passed by House This Week

March 24, 2016

Having nearly lost his daughter Kelly in a drunk driving crash, yesterday Rep. Dennis Keene voted for Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Senator Dennis Parrett and Rep. Kelly Flood, to keep repeat drunk driving offenders off of Kentucky’s highways. The…

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KY House passes Far-Reaching Budget That Promotes Education, Funds Public Pensions

March 18, 2016

Looking to protect all of education from Governor Bevin’s proposed cuts while fully meeting the state’s commitment to its public retirement systems, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted 53-0 this evening for House Bill 303, the state’s two-year budget. “This…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

I am pleased to report that the House’s budget process is on track and on time, with a vote on our proposal for the state’s next two-year spending plan expected early next week. While final details are still being ironed…

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Legislative Update by Rep. Dennis Keene March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016

In my conversations back home and here at the Capitol, I often hear two common concerns expressed in conjunction with one another — high school students need more affordable pathways to college and workforce training, and Kentucky’s industries need more…

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Legislative Update from Rep. Dennis Keene February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

As work on the House budget plan continued this week, the state’s chief judicial officer warned that the public’s access to justice could be crippled later this year under Gov. Bevin’s proposed spending cuts. During testimony before the House Budget…

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Frankfort Legislative Update February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

As we passed the mid-point in our 60-day session this week, our work to create the state’s next biennial plan continues to be complicated by the lack of details emerging from Gov. Bevin’s administration on just how far, and deeply,…

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A legislative perspective by Rep. Dennis Keene February 12, 2016

February 14, 2016

The Kentucky House of Representatives welcomes visitors of all types – veterans with the presentation of colors; local school groups witnessing the bill-making process; award-winning musicians, artists and athletic teams; and advocates here to support causes they believe will help…

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Legislative Update February 5, 2016

February 8, 2016

Keeping our communities safe and increasing cooperation among law enforcement agencies was a key focus for us this week in the Kentucky House of Representatives. In the House Local Government Committee, we heard House Bill 189, sponsored by Rep. Tom…

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