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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation that would provide the first increase to Kentucky’s minimum wage in nearly seven years.

“It is way past time that we give a raise to those families who depend on the minimum wage,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. 

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation that would put the state on a path to strengthen the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS).

“House Bill 1 is essentially the same bill that I sponsored and the House adopted last year, because we have the same problem we did 12 months ago: A public retirement system with a $14 billion dollar liability and no way to adequately address it,” Speaker Stumbo said. 

Kentucky Legislators Preview 2016 Session

Jan 6, 2016

If you’ve grown weary of hearing about pension liabilities and Medicaid bills, now might be a good time to book that extended vacation to a deserted island.

On the other hand, if you yearn to see state lawmakers engage in further debates about those issues, the next 15 weeks will offer you a nearly endless buffet of political discourse. And it all begins today as the 2016 General Assembly convenes to tackle some of the thorniest challenges legislators have faced in many years.


Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo pre-filed legislation that, if passed, would ensure that no business could acquire more than one horse-racing license except under special circumstances in Kentucky.

“I want to make sure that we keep the playing field level when it comes to who owns our horse-racing tracks,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.  “We have a system that is second-to-none in the world, and my goal is preserve the integrity of horse racing and make it more competitive.  This will guarantee the diversity of ownership of racing licenses.”

Senate Passes Their Version Of Kentucky's State Budget

Mar 25, 2014

The Kentucky Senate has now passed its version of a two year $20 billion budget.  The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.

The House and Senate budgets differ in a number of areas.  The senate plan restores funding for higher education, but cuts out most projects, including those on university campuses.  Some $65 million for Eastern Kentucky University's phase two science building is not in the senate-approved budget.

House To Vote On Local Sales Tax Option

Mar 11, 2014
Tampa Bay Times

Supporters of a local option sales tax in Kentucky have won their first victory in Frankfort, but the matter is still far from settled.

A bill that would amend the state constitution to permit local governments to levy a temporary one percent sales tax increase to fund capital projects passed out of a state government committee on Tuesday (March 11).

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. To become law, it needs a super majority in the House and the Senate, then majority public support on the November ballot.

Stumbo Backs Fairness Bill

Feb 19, 2014
The Lane Report

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has co-sponsored a bill that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination. Stumbo is one of 18 cosponsors backing the proposed legislation filed by Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian.

He says that his support for fairness coincides with his duty to uphold the constitution.

Education Panel Okays Coal Scholarships

Feb 4, 2014

The House Education Committee today approved a bill that makes permanent and expands a college scholarship program for students from Kentucky’s coal counties. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the sponsor of the measure. The Floyd County Democrat says it makes available money from coal severance taxes to be used by students from the state’s eastern and western coal fields to attend college at public or private schools. Too many young people, he argues, lack accessibility to a four-year state university…

Expanded Gaming Discussed In Frankfort

Jan 9, 2014
The Mungpie

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says expanded gaming legislation would ideally begin with a constitutional amendment.

Stumbo told reporters on Tuesday (Jan. 7) in the Capitol that by letting voters decide the issue first, the legislation could avoid the kind of “horse-trading” that Senate President Robert Stivers has warned will threaten his support for it.

Gun Discharged At Kentucky Capital Building

Jan 9, 2014
USA Today

No charges will be filed after a Kentucky lawmaker accidentally fired a personal handgun in her Capitol office.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs released a statement acknowledging that the gun did indeed go off indoors, hitting a wall and a bookshelf.

Rep. Combs says she has had a concealed carry permit for years, and she still believes in protecting Second Amendment rights. The state police have ruled the shot an accident and won't be pressing charges.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the incident doesn't mean the laws to allow guns in the capitol should be changed.

Stumbo Supports Minimum Wage Increase

Jan 5, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage. House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.

Stumbo says the increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the Commonwealth.