Legislative Update – January 5, 2018

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Amid record low temperatures, work in Frankfort resumed this week to pass a two-year budget plan, address the pension crisis, and introduce legislation aimed at continuing Kentucky’s ascent as a leader in business. The Governor announced a record year of business investment in the state. These investments were made possible due to the passage of … Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Mull More Changes To Medical Liability Laws

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During the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will focus on making changes to the state’s pension systems and passing a two-year state budget. But legislators are also eyeing making more changes to laws governing how Kentuckians can sue doctors for malpractice — a year after passing a law that requires claims to be reviewed by a … Read More

Senator Ralph Alvarado presented with Chamber MVP Award

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On Thursday, Kentucky Chamber Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Ashli Watts presented Sen. Ralph Alvarado, of Winchester, with the Chamber MVP Award. Sen. Alvarado was among a select group of legislators recognized for conspicuous actions supporting Kentucky’s business community during the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly. “During his three years in the legislature, Sen. Alvarado has … Read More

Alvarado gets ‘Physician of the Year’ award

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FRANKFORT — IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, announced Wednesday Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) will be recognized with the “Physician of the Year” award at the group’s annual MediStar Awards ceremony. “This is certainly a tremendous honor to be recognized as the Physician of the Year,” Alvarado said. “My goal as a physician and a legislator … Read More

Rep. Shell, Sen. Alvarado, and Budget Director Chilton to appear on panel at Chamber Tax Summit

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House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, State Senator Ralph Alvarado and State Budget Director John Chilton will participate in a panel discussion on how the state should move forward with tax reform at the Kentucky Chamber’s inaugural Tax Summit. The panel, titled “A Policymaker’s Perspective” will be moderated by Mark Sommer, tax attorney with Frost Brown … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/31/17

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The Senate began its final days by addressing the vetoes made by Governor Bevin. While I appreciated Governor Bevin’s concerns regarding the civil liberties of individuals impacted by Senate Bill 91, the sponsor and others had carefully crafted language to put safeguards in place to protect those liberties. Thus, both chambers voted in unison again … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/17/17

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The Senate and House both worked late into the evening several days this week to make sure priority legislation made it to the Governor’s desk before the veto period officially began on Thursday. I am proud to have passed bills on many of the issues brought to me by constituents and people in the medical … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/10/17

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We are down to four days remaining in the 2017 Session of the General Assembly, a session that many have called one of the most productive. It is certainly one of the busiest sessions we have had in Frankfort mostly due to the unbelievable interest and participation in the process by constituents throughout the state. … Read More

Legislative Update – 3/3/17

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Standing in the back of the House Chambers on Thursday, I witnessed the culmination of over a decade’s worth of hard work as I watched the House of Representatives pass Senate Bill 4.  This bill creates a panel of experts to review and provide opinions on frivolous medical lawsuits that wreak havoc on Kentucky’s healthcare … Read More

Legislative Update – 2/24/17

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While most responses to these weekly session updates have been positive, their authenticity is occasionally questioned. Let me assure you that I am writing this update Thursday night at my desk, starting my second cup of coffee, and looking back over the scores of visitors and legislation I had before me this week. In all … Read More