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The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported Sen. Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, “stormed out of the Senate Republican caucus meeting on Wednesday after clashing with Majority Leader Damon Thayer over the new version of HB 1 – a bill to bring more accountability to special taxing districts.”
Gibson represents, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Hancock, Hart and Grayson Counties.
Thayer said Senate committee changes to the bill would give a county fiscal court power to veto proposed taxes and rate increases of special districts within their county.
Gibson, former circuit court clerk from Grayson County, said if the revised bill becomes law “you won’t see in your rural areas another new library being built because under no situation – under no situation – will you see that fiscal court vote to increase the taxes. And that’s a shame people.”
Thayer’s response to Gibson was inaudible in the audience, but Gibson took offense, the newspaper reported.
“I definitely feel like these libraries are very, very important to the education of our students and to the people of this country, this state,” he told Thayer. “…To make a comment like that – that you don’t want one to be built? I’m ashamed to sit here. What’d you say?”
Gibson walked out but returned minutes later to the closed meeting.