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  • Session produces record number of bills, some winners, some losers

    We passed the half-way point of our 30-day session this week and accrued some historic stats along the way.

    A combined total of 793 bills were filed in the House and Senate this year. That’s the second-highest amount for an odd-year regular session and just two bills shy of the 795 bills filed in 2007.

  • Kentucky Afield Radio now broadcast in Carrollton area

    The calculator must be wrong. But 2017 minus 1981 does equal the number of years I’ve been in broadcasting. Funny how 36 years seem like yesterday. For radio, there was no better place to start than where I did. And, ultimately, no better place to finish.  

  • Senate passes SB 14, strengthens penalties for trafficking heroin

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we focus on maximizing our time here in Frankfort.

  • Legislators listen to citizens from all over the state on important issues

    Democracy in action is often a crowded affair, as the waiting rooms and hallways of the Capitol and Capitol Annex overflowed this week with large groups of Kentuckians traveling to Frankfort to make their voices heard on key issues important to their cause.

    Librarians, social workers, physician assistants, county magistrates, steel workers, and representatives from United Way and the American Cancer Society were among those individuals who scheduled appointments with each of us to advocate on behalf of their local organizations.

  • Franklin gives eight tips to keep your health healthy

    Love is in the air for February 2017. With holidays like Valentine’s Day reminding us about our heart, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about Heart Health Month and awareness that comes along with it.

    Heart Health month is celebrated every February and reminds us to be present in the choices we make daily to keep our hearts strong and healthy. According to The American Heart Association, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.”

  • Leave the scale, take the progress

    Many of us measure progress in our fitness transformations with a scale, but if those numbers induce stress instead of motivation, then it’s time to ditch the scale and find a better way!

  • Democrats to press ‘United Kentucky’ agenda

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January.

  • General Assembly must protect state retirees’ pensions

    One of the most important responsibilities of the State Treasurer is to be a watchdog for money earned by Kentuckians. That includes protecting Kentucky retirees’ pensions.

    I was proud to support Senate Bill 3 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Bevin earlier this year. That bill shines a light on legislator pensions by allowing the people of Kentucky to see how their tax dollars are being paid to retired legislators. This is critical information; Kentucky has one of the worst overall pension liabilities in the country.

  • Small businesses represent more than 96 percent of Kentucky businesses

    FRANKFORT – Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with over half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It’s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe.

  • Rare bipartisan progress

    The State Journal

    It was announced Monday that the state passed an important milepost in the effort to test the thousands-long backlog of rape kits.

    Part of the “SAFE Act” passed last year required all members of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation, which includes most of the state’s police agencies, to ratify a sexual response policy by Jan. 1. There is still a ways to go before the backlog can be cleared, but Monday’s news represents progress.