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The LaRue County Cattlemen’s Association was excited to have State Senator Carroll Gibson as their guest speaker May 11. Gibson, who was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2005, represents the 5th Senatorial District including LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hart, Hancock and Meade counties.
After a meal, the senator spoke to the group on a variety of topics – both politically and agriculturally – and answered questions that relate to rural life and economy. The senator discussed many issues presently taking place in Frankfort. Among those are the continuing budgetary issues, veteran’s benefits, the tobacco settlement money and in particular Senate Bill 105. This bill has created a commission to oversee and set criteria to determine, among other things, animal handling issues for the animal agriculture industry.
The senator was adamant that the state has to control spending.
“We have to quit spending more money than we’re taking in. For example, the state workmen’s compensation budget is approximately $1 billion in debt,” Gibson said. “During times like these, the average family has to tighten its belt and I feel that the state needs to do the same.”
Gibson is a Leitchfield native where he lives with his wife, Millicent. They have one daughter, Kimberly.