‘Clear and convincing’ missing from proposed amendments on Kentucky’s ballot

Former Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson once spoke of amending the U.S. Constitution as “a delicate endeavor and should be done only on the basis of the most clear and convincing evidence that a proposed amendment is necessary.” Neither “clear” nor “convincing” describes the first amendment known as “Marsy’s Law” on this year’s Kentucky ballot…

Are Beshear’s executive orders legal?

In Wednesday’s meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare and Family Services, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, questioned the legality of some of Gov. Beshear’s executive orders. Alvarado mentioned KRS 13A.190, which addresses executive-order usage and states that, except under certain guidelines, “an emergency administrative regulation with the same number or title or governing…

MEDIA ALERT: Legislative action needed to limit governor’s power, ‘depoliticize’ Kentucky’s public education system

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in partnership with former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members reiterated its call today for a legislative resolution to Gov. Beshear’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order ousting previous members without cause or due process and the administration’s rejection of a…

Is the General Assembly violating open meetings laws?

We’re alarmed by a recent tweet by the Kentucky Senate Republicans where they touted the Senate “moving forward with its duties” and continuing to meet despite postponing the legislative session over the last few days. We reached out to Amye Bensenhaver, former Assistant Attorney General and co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition, to see…

MEDIA ALERT: Judge rules governor’s executive order caused ‘concrete injury’ to ousted Board of Education members

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 27, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A federal judge agreed with former Kentucky Board of Education members ousted by Gov. Andy Beshear’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order abolishing their positions without cause or granting them due process “suffered a concrete injury.” In his ruling today regarding a case jointly filed in…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute supports ousted Board of Education members’ call for legislative reform of governor’s power

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, strongly supports today’s statement by former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members urging legislators to create a “modest but meaningful buffer” protecting our…

MEDIA ALERT: Ousted Kentucky Board of Education members partner with the Bluegrass Institute in lawsuit against Gov. Beshear

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 17, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today members of the Kentucky Board of Education who were illegally removed from office by an executive order from Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new partnership with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a…