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Government

  • 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.

  • House staked out priorities

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    In one sense, Kentucky’s budget doesn’t change much from year to year.  A little more than half of every state dollar, for example, goes to our schools, colleges and universities.  Another fourth is dedicated to Medicaid and other health services, about a tenth is spent on criminal justice and the final dime goes to everything else.

    While there is relatively little discussion in the General Assembly about those ratios, there is often lively debate on the best way to move each major area forward.

  • Rep. Mills receives survey results

    Residents of the 24th House District show strong support for a higher minimum wage, tax breaks for job creators and a statewide smoking ban, according to results of a December survey that state Rep. Terry Mills sent to 1,800 of his constituents.

  • 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.