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Kentucky General Assembly 2021 – Week 1 Summary

The 2021 session of the General Assembly gaveled in on January 5. Legislators lost no time in getting down to business. Ceremonial formalities such as the swearing in of members, election of constitutional officers, and adoption of rules of procedure were quickly dispensed with on the sessions first day. The…

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Governor Beshear releases 2021-2022 budget proposal

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced his state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 yesterday evening in a video address. The Governor also announced a special appropriations package utilizing federal funds for one-time expenditures on priorities such as small business relief and repayment of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance loan from the federal…

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Key bill to support successful reentry through access to education

Legislation to support workforce development and the successful reentry of formerly-incarcerated individuals has been filed in Frankfort. Representative James Tipton filed House Bill 25, which would allow individuals with a felony record to access Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship funds for educational opportunities. Under current law, a felony disqualifies Kentuckians from…

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GLI backs legal liability protections bill in Indiana

GLI voiced support for a key piece of Indiana legislation that would provide a level of legal liability protections for Hoosier employers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 1, authored by Senator Mark Messmer, aims to shield businesses from civil liability for damages in potential lawsuits related to…

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Major GLI wins in Congressional year-end spending and COVID relief bill you may have missed

The legislative package passed by Congress last month included several major spending provisions as well as much-needed fiscal and economic relief for businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the economic relief payments, unemployment benefits expansion, and other provisions grabbed most of the headlines, the bill also included…

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Kentucky 2021 legislative session gets off to a quick start

The 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly got out of the gates yesterday and did so quickly. Aside from the ceremonial swearing in of members, election of leaders, establishing committees, and establishing rules of procedure, the House and Senate majorities each filed a number of priority bills – all…

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Louisville utilities and economic development agencies partner to promote business growth and expansion

Louisville, Ky. (January 5, 2021) – Countless cities across the country currently face the same dilemma: how to keep their economies moving forward in the wake of a pandemic that feels like it’s grinding everything in its path to a halt. Four Louisville organizations recently tackled that challenge head-on, thinking…

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Metro Council mid-year spending plan includes support for economic recovery and COVID relief

Louisville Metro Council formally approved a mid-year spending plan of $3.9 million in surplus funds to support the city’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The spending plan includes funding for graffiti removal and other clean-up efforts throughout Louisville as well as increased supports for individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition,…

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Kentucky 2021 legislative session preview

The Kentucky General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, for its odd-year, thirty-day, short session, and is currently scheduled to meet four legislative days until January 8 when it will recess before reconvening on February 2 for the remaining 26 legislative days. Sine die adjournment is currently scheduled…

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