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Former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr. To Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

FRANKFORT – News Release – Gov. Andy Beshear invites the public to pay their respects to former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr., who will lie in state in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Brown’s family will host a public visitation in the Rotunda from...

Former Gov. John Y. Brown Dies at 88

Former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. has died at the age of 88, according to his family. Brown, served as Kentucky’s 55th governor of the Commonwealth from 1979 until 1983. A statement from his children, Lincoln, Pamela, John the 3rd, Sissy and Sandy, confirmed Brown’s passing. “Our Dad, John Y. Brown Jr., not only...

The latest appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions

Gov. Beshear has appointed John Scott as Magistrate for the 6th District of Bracken County. Gov. Beshear has appointed Kenneth Smith to serve as an Administrative Law Judge in the Department of Workers’ Claims. Kenneth Smith of Ashland replaces Christina Hajjar, who has resigned, and shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term expiring...

Beshear’s Executive Order on Marijuana: a Master-Level Political Maneuver

With the stroke of his pen, the Democratic Governor of Kentucky who is seeking re-election next year has put a handful of his Republican rivals into a box, forcing them to take action against him or concede to his authority. On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear used executive authority to narrowly allow Kentuckians with medical needs...

Gov. Beshear Issues Executive Orders Allowing Some Use of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

FRANKFORT- Gov. Andy Beshear is issuing two executive orders to allow some Kentuckians with medical needs the ability to possess and use medical marijuana in Kentucky. Beshear is pointing to the Kentucky General Assembly to take action and pass full legalization for medical cannabis, but in the meantime, he is allowing the use of the...

Republicans Fail to Take Control of Ability to Call General Assembly Into Special Session

Republicans were unable to convince Kentuckians to grant conservative super majorities powers currently held by the governor to convene the General Assembly in a special session. A constitutional amendment that would have allowed the House Speaker and Senate President instead of the Governor to call a special session for up to 12 days for any...

Gov. Beshear Appoints Lon Lafferty Martin County Judge Executive

Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has appointed Lon Lafferty Martin County Judge Executive through the end of the year. Previous Judge Executive Colby Kirk resigned from the job to take over as the President/CEO for One East Kentucky, according to WYMT. Lafferty, a doctor from the region, is running as a write-in candidate for the seat in Tuesday’s...

Several GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Back Amendment Shifting Power Away from Governor to Call Special Session

Some of the Republican primary candidates seeking the office of the governor are saying they back a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would take powers away from the governor to call a special session. Auditor Mike Harmon and Attorney General Daniel Cameron say they will vote in favor of Constitutional Amendment 1 on this...

Beshear Appoints Amy McGrath to Veterans’ Program Trust Fund Board of Directors

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed former Democratic Senate and Congressional candidate Amy McGrath to a vacant board seat. Beshear has added McGrath to the Veterans’ Program Trust Fund Board of Directors. The retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel replaces Shontelle Adams, who has resigned. McGrath will serve for the remainder of the term expiring...