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Government

  • Legislature wraps up most significant Session in modern history

    By Brandon Reed
    25th District KY State Representative

    The most significant legislative session in modern Kentucky history has officially come to an end. Although it was just a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than in any recent 60-day session.

  • Rep. Reed legislature update

    With a busy week of the regular session behind us, the legislature is heading into a 10-day veto recess to let Governor Bevin review the legislation passed by the General Assembly.

    We took action this week to give final passage to several measures to make Kentucky safer, support our first responders, and ease burdens on our local churches.

    Final passage was given to House Bill 222 this week, which prohibits an individual from receiving shock probation if they have been convicted of manslaughter or reckless homicide due to driving under the influence.

  • Sweeping changes to reform education

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.

    A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Making use of our time

    By Steve Meredith

    State Senate, District 5

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and exciting third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we make sure we maximize our time here in Frankfort.

  • House taking steps to protect those in service

    By Brandon Reed

    State Representative, 24th District

    The people’s work continues in the General Assembly as a busy third week of the Regular Session comes to a close. The House has taken steps to protect the brave men and women who serve our communities in uniform, educate students on opioid abuse prevention, honor our state’s veterans, and make government open and transparent to the hardworking taxpayers of Kentucky.

  • Update from your State Senator

    By Steve Meredith
    State Senator, District 5

    The hallways were packed with Kentuckians from across the state making their voices heard as we began the second part of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. I was especially heartened at the passionate crowd for the Rally for Life on Wednesday, February 8, and later in the evening that energy and excitement continued during Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

  • Update from your State representative

    By Brandon Reed
    State Representative, 24th District

     

    The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Governor Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • Harmon releases audit of LaRue Co. Fiscal Court

    Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon has released the audit of the financial statement of the LaRue County Fiscal Court for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

    State law requires annual audits of county fiscal courts. The audit contained the following six comments:

  • Reed appointed to Tobacco settlement committee

    State Representative Brandon Reed was recently appointed to the House Tobacco Agreement Fund Oversight Committee. 

    The committee is charged with matters pertaining to the Agricultural Development Board such as requests for grants and loans, planning to establish goals, and revitalization of tobacco farms, among other things. In his role, Reed will also be responsible for developing public institution research in alternative crop development and also giving direction on the use of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement money in Kentucky.

  • 2016 Session wrapping up

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol for a single day to wrap up the 2016 legislative session.

    While this time traditionally has been set aside just to consider whether the House and Senate should override any vetoes a governor might issue, we have begun in recent years to also use this time to vote on other bills that were unresolved before the veto recess. This year, the biggest of those is the state’s two-year budget.