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Government

  • 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.

  • Productive start to 2017 legislative session

    By Kentucky State Rep. Brandon Reed

     

    For the first time since 1921, Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, making our first week back to Frankfort a historic one. We have been hard at work doing exactly what the voters of Kentucky sent us to Frankfort to accomplish.

    The result of this was an extremely productive first week of the 2017 session, in which priority bills to improve the economy, protect life, and make government more accountable passed through the General Assembly.

  • Reed takes oath of office
  • LaRue and other counties recanvass votes

    The recanvass of the votes in the Democratic presidential race yielded no change in LaRue County or the rest of the state.

    The LaRue County Board of Elections met last Thursday morning to have a recanvass of the vote for the Democrat race for U.S. president. County Clerk Linda Carter said they reexamined the votes and that there was no change in the outcome of the race in LaRue County from the Primary Election held on May 17.

  • Paying tribute to our heros

    By Terry Mills

    On Monday, our nation will pause as it has for more than 150 years to remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.

    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • 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.

  • March Madness in the general assembly

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    As college basketball fans prepare for the postseason, it’s worth pointing out that the final few weeks of a legislative session are not that much different from March Madness.

    The pace in both cases is hectic. Time is a factor and bills, like the teams, either move forward or see their run end early.

    The key difference is that, while the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments end with a single winner, a legislative session can have many shining moments.

  • 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.

  • Several bills passed in the house

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    Over the past 15 years, the General Assembly has re-dedicated itself to helping veterans and those men and women still serving our country.

    Some of the more high-profile laws enacted during that time include establishing a series of nursing homes and state-run cemeteries benefiting veterans and their families; excluding active-duty military pay from the state’s income tax; and making it easier for veterans to use their military training when applying for jobs in such fields as education and emergency services.