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Labor Cabinet Offers Free Workplace Law Posters

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet today issued a reminder to employers that it provides, at no charge, posters summarizing Kentucky’s wage and hour, wage discrimination, child labor, and occupational safety and health laws. Employers are required by law to display posters of these laws in a conspicuous and accessible place on the premise where any person is employed. Employers must also post a notice about its workers’ compensation insurance and certain information about the employee’s rights under workers’ Continue reading Labor Cabinet Offers Free Workplace Law Posters

Bennett named executive director of state environmental education council

Kentucky native Billy Bennett has been named the executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC) in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Bennett, who has 10 years of experience in environmental education, was the director of the Center for Environmental Education and part-time faculty in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) prior to his appointment as executive director. He also served as the chair of the Kentucky Continue reading Bennett named executive director of state environmental education council

Beshear: AG Investigator Named Officer of the Year

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that an investigator in his office has been named the Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force Officer of the Year for 2016.

Anthony Janutolo is a member of the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Criminal Investigations and assigned to the Appalachia HIDTA or AHIDTA Task Force in London. Continue reading Beshear: AG Investigator Named Officer of the Year

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

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Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Harry J. Rothgerber, James T. Henderson and LeAnna Marie Homandberg have been appointed to the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board.

Harry J. Rothgerber, of Louisville, is a retired attorney. Rothgerber shall serve for a term expiring Sept. 20, 2019. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Beshear, AARP Partnering with Faith-based Community to Prevent Scams

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined AARP of Kentucky and members of the faith-based community to launch a partnership to protect local congregations and the communities they serve from con artists and the latest scams.

The Interfaith Travel Series Scam Alerts, hosted by Beshear’s Office of Senior Protection, will hold events at more than 20 different locations around the state with members of the faith-based community. Continue reading Beshear, AARP Partnering with Faith-based Community to Prevent Scams

Secretary Heiner Announces Newest ‘Kentucky Work Ready Communities’

Secretary Hal Heiner today announced that Anderson and Graves counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Carter, Clinton and Pendleton counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress.

“I am excited to announce that we now have 35 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Continue reading Secretary Heiner Announces Newest ‘Kentucky Work Ready Communities’

Gov. Bevin Ceremonially Signs Legislation to Repeal Prevailing Wage

Gov. Bevin

Joined by legislators and officials from local government, education and business associations, Gov. Matt Bevin ceremonially signed House Bill 3, which repeals the state law requiring payment of a set hourly base (prevailing) wage to workers on public works construction projects.

The prevailing wage is the wage set by government, which contractors and subcontractors must pay workers hired for public works projects (such as roads, buildings and Continue reading Gov. Bevin Ceremonially Signs Legislation to Repeal Prevailing Wage

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Names New Executive Directo

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) has named Donna L. McNeil as the new executive director. The KIA board approved McNeil’s appointment as director at their monthly meeting last week. McNeil recently served as Compliance Specialist with the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) in Bowling Green. There she served as chair of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Committee and as proxy to KRWA executive director for Drinking Water Advisory Council and Continue reading Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Names New Executive Directo

Gov. Bevin Selects 20 LWCF Projects to Receive $758,000

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Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 20 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for total funding up to $758,000. These grants assist in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s state parks and park facilities. LCWF is funded by the National Park Service and is administered by DLG.

“These projects offer a unique opportunity to invest dollars directly for the benefit of people in local communities throughout the Continue reading Gov. Bevin Selects 20 LWCF Projects to Receive $758,000

Beshear: Kentucky Challenges Egg Law to Support State Agriculture

Andy Beshear

In support of Kentucky agriculture, Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined with other egg-producing states to ask the country’s highest court to review a lower court’s decision that upheld California’s “Shell Egg Laws.”

In 2015, the six states asked the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals to block enforcement of the California laws and regulations prescribing standards for the conditions under which chickens must be kept in order for producers to sell eggs in the state. California is Continue reading Beshear: Kentucky Challenges Egg Law to Support State Agriculture

KY Shatters Export Record at $29.24 Billion in 2016

Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced.

Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for Continue reading KY Shatters Export Record at $29.24 Billion in 2016

Spring Wildland Fire Season is Here Be Careful When Burning Outdoors

The Spring Forest Fire Season, which begins today and lasts until April 30, is in effect in every Kentucky county. This law prohibits any person to burn between the daylight hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) urges residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during this season. The KDF has responded to 78 wildland fires since January and Continue reading Spring Wildland Fire Season is Here Be Careful When Burning Outdoors

Beshear: Nearly 400 Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Exams Supported by Child Victims’ Trust Fund in 2016

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that the Child Victims’ Trust Fund helped pay for nearly 400 child sexual abuse forensic exams in 2016.

Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to support the Fund through private donations, proceeds from the purchase of “I Care About Kids” license plates or donations made through the state income tax Continue reading Beshear: Nearly 400 Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Exams Supported by Child Victims’ Trust Fund in 2016

KENTUCKY TO HOST WWE TELEVISED EVENT

WWE’s SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville. The event will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, April 18 and marks the return of live, televised professional wrestling events in the Commonwealth.

SmackDown will be the first major televised combat sporting event in Kentucky since Governor Bevin streamlined the state’s boxing and wrestling regulations last November as part of the Red Tape Reduction Initiative. Prior to these changes, WWE had not Continue reading KENTUCKY TO HOST WWE TELEVISED EVENT

KY Motor Vehicle Commission abolishes employment barrier for job seekers

Following Governor Matt Bevin’s lead on ‘fair chance’ employment and granting ‘second chances’ to individuals with criminal histories, the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission voted on Friday to remove a long-standing hurdle in the hiring process.

The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission unanimously approved the removal of the question, “Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offense?” as a requirement to apply for a salesperson license. The change is effective immediately. Continue reading KY Motor Vehicle Commission abolishes employment barrier for job seekers

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER ROCKY ADKINS FILES LEGISLATION TO MAKE ADOPTION MORE AFFORDABLE FOR KENTUCKY FAMILIES

House Democratic Caucus Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook), today filed House Bill 295, legislation to create a Kentucky income tax credit to offset adoption costs.

“I have had a number of constituents approach me about ways to offset the cost of adopting, which can be very expensive,” said Adkins. “Costs such as adoption agency, court and attorney fees and travel expenses can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars. There is already a federal adoption tax credit Continue reading HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER ROCKY ADKINS FILES LEGISLATION TO MAKE ADOPTION MORE AFFORDABLE FOR KENTUCKY FAMILIES

Gov. Matt Bevin Announces $5.7 Million in Community Development Block Grants

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On behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton today joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth.

“We are excited to announce 13 new Community Development Block Grant projects. Each project is designed to aid critical Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Announces $5.7 Million in Community Development Block Grants