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Government

  • Budget discussions continue in state legislature

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation.  Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.

    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Governor Bevin proposed late last month. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing it in-depth last week.  The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote on it by the early days of March.

  • Additional filings for state office

    Several people filed to run for state offices last Tuesday after press time of the LaRue County Herald News.

    The additional filings were democrat Ricky Alvey who filed as a candidate for state senator. He will face democrat candidate Leslie J. Stith in the May primary election. The republican candidate for state senator is Stephen L. Meredith.

  • Beginning the budget process

    By Terry Mills

    State Representative

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government.  It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.

    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • Short week at state legislatrue

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.

    However, a reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward.

    Last Wednesday, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases.  

  • Primary election taking shape

    The May Primary election is taking shape as the filing deadline for candidates ended Tuesday, January 26.

    LaRue Countians will cast their vote for several races during the primary election including U.S. president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senate and state representative. There are no county or city races in the 2016 primary election. The following are the candidates who filed on Tuesday prior to the publication deadline for the LaRue County Herald News.

  • State releases water report

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    About a week ago, state officials released the latest annual report on the quality of a resource we too often take for granted, our drinking water.

    In short, the news is good for those who rely on the treated water provided each and every day by our nearly 450 public utilities.

  • Hodgenville approves first reading of tax ordinance

    The Hodgenville City Council approved the first reading of the 2015 real property and tangible property tax ordinance at their monthly meeting on August 10.

    The ordinance calls for an increase on all taxable real property to .133 cents per $100, as opposed to last year’s rate of .128 cents per $100. The ordinance calls for the motor vehicle tax rate to remain the same at .195 cents per $100.

    Mayor Kenny Devore said the tax on real property was a small increase that would amount to an extra $10 per $200,000.

  • Town Hall meeting scheduled

    Congressman Brett Guthrie will meet with constituents in LaRue County at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at Paula’s Hot Biscuit in Hodgenville.  

    The town hall meeting is a part of Congressman Guthrie’s “Conversations with your Congressman” as he travels through all 21 counties in Kentucky’s Second District.  Attendees can expect casual conversation with Congressman Guthrie and the opportunity to ask questions. Everyone is invited to attend the free event.

  • State’s education investments are paying off

    By TERRY MILLS

    State Representative

    Next month, Morehead State University will open what will be the state’s second specialty high school geared toward our best and brightest students.

    The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will ultimately be home to 120 high school juniors and seniors from across the state, all of who will have a chance to earn up to 60 college credit hours over a two-year period.

  • Beginning of the 2016 Regular Session

    By Terry Mills

     

    If the final days of a legislative session are spent deciding what laws the General Assembly will pass, then the first few days are focused on what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.

    Setting those priorities was the main theme last week as other legislators and I returned to the Capitol and began filing legislation to kick off the 2016 Regular Session.