This past week in Frankfort, the Senate passed key pieces of legislation that help our students and school districts, address public safety issues, provide economic development and give law enforcement time-saving investigation procedures.
With more than half of state government’s revenue dedicated to education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the bills considered by the General Assembly every year are also centered on the subject.
That was certainly the case last week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which sent to the Senate several pieces of legislation designed to improve different facets of our schools.
We know that seconds matter especially in an emergency, and for that reason, it’s good that Marion County and Lebanon city officials appear to be on the same page with regard to implementing enhanced 911.
It’s also unfortunate that it’s taken decades to get to this point.
Last week, the Enhanced 911 Advisory Committee held a public meeting, which also included city and county officials and emergency personnel.
After a pause in legislative work Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a joint session with the House to hear the Governor’s budget proposal.
Sunday night I was watching television when I saw a commercial promoting the natural gas industry. The spokeswoman referred to hydraulic fracturing as proven safe and reliable.
The intent was clear: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is nothing to worry about.
It seems a little optimistic to make that claim. The EPA is in the process of conducting its own study (see here: http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy).
Shortly after Governor Beshear first took office in late 2007, he remarked that not only did he find the cupboard bare, it was actually gone.
It hasn’t gotten any easier since then. Cumulative budget cuts over the last six years have reached $1.6 billion, the state government workforce has shrunk to its smallest size in 40 years and the list of needs continues to grow faster than the revenue coming in.
The second week of the 2014 Regular Session brought schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills. We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation.
Last week, the House of Representatives turned its attention to two issues that may not seem to have much in common but are linked nonetheless because of the positive impact both could have on a significant number of Kentuckians.
The first vote came early in the week, when the chamber put its support behind the creation of public benefit corporations. As its name implies, this legal designation would give private businesses a chance to better verify their commitment to serving not just their customers but their community as well.