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  • Kentucky Senate majority rolls out it priorities

    From the patriotic medleys of the 100th Army Band to chants of citizens passionately advocating a cause, the sounds echoing through the hallways of our Capitol signaled just one thing – the 150th General Assembly was in session.
    After just the first week, Senate Majority had rolled out its priorities. It’s 13 bills that are a mix of both new and familiar. Many of the bills have been discussed in concept through last year. Some of the bills will even enjoy bipartisan support.

  • Filing legislation and kicking off 2016 regular session

    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.
    In the House, we will again work toward strengthening the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), which is facing a multi-billion dollar liability and needs a plan to adequately address it.

  • Keep in touch during the 2016 General Assembly

    As we usher in the New Year and the 150th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to represent your district. This will be my 13th year in the state legislature.
    During even-year sessions, we are required to pass a two-year budget for the commonwealth. It’s a tall order to pass a budget during even the most prosperous of times, but we’re committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together to adopt a fiscally responsible spending plan that addresses Kentucky’s most pressing needs. It’s a goal we all share.

  • The General Assembly returns to the Capitol this week

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.
    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.
    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July. While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • Share your views on current issues facing Kentucky

    As we get ready to close out 2015, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • A look back: As a new year approaches, let's look back at what Kentucky has accomplished

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.
    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting. In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • Career growth requires teamwork

    By Jerisia Lamons

    Teamwork makes the dream work.
    That mantra is essential for job seekers. The job search process has evolved into a more tactical process. As such, a strong, broad professional network has become a crucial resource in the job search process.
    A professional network consists of connected, like-minded people willing to help you achieve professional goals and improve your career. This team of people understands your skills and career goals, and can leverage their own networks to improve your chances of landing the right job.

  • Pension funding options will influence upcoming budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.
    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate to session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Counting our blessings

    Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates. The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.
    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • His life mattered

    Horatio "Bud" Olive
    Deceased: Dec. 8, 2015
    Born: Jan. 15, 1936

    That’s the only information included in Horatio “Bud” Olive’s obituary on the Oldham County Funeral Home’s website.
    His name, his birth date and his death date.
    That’s all.
    But, after talking with two of his friends at his funeral Friday, I know a little bit more about him. I wish I knew more.
    I know that he was born and raised in San Diego, California.