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  • Senate approves education bills, prepares to work on Ky. budget

    We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.

     Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Represent-atives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.

  • Lawmakers tackle range of legislation in House

    With January behind us, the General Assembly is finding the quick pace that defined the legislative session’s opening days is now settling into a more measured routine.

    The first few weeks, of course, were dominated by two main actions: Gov. Steve Beshear’s speeches on the state of the Commonwealth and his budget proposal; and redistricting, which the House and Senate undertake each decade to reflect population changes in their districts and those of the Kentucky Supreme Court and our congressional delegation.

  • Redistricting makes Hornback county’s new state senator

    Hello. My name is Paul Hornback and I am your new state senator.

    It is our constitutional duty every 10 years to realign our voting districts according to population after each census. This act fulfills the requirement of one man, one vote. Because of population shifts, the 20th State Senatorial District now includes Carroll County in addition to part of Boone and Jefferson counties and all of Gallatin, Henry, Shelby and Spencer counties. (The final congressional district lines are still being discussed between the chambers.)

  • Library gathering on anniversary recounted stories from ‘37 flood

    In 1987, the 50th anniversary of the flood, I was in my fifth year as director of the public library. During those first five years I had heard many of our patrons refer to the flood, had seen the plaque in the court house, had learned that many of the old copies of The News-Democrat had been destroyed as water rose into the newspaper offices, and had begun to gather photographs and articles about that very significant period in Carroll County’s history.

  • Coalition continues work to educate on drug, alcohol abuse

    As we embark on a new year, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is working toward continuing to make a great impact in our community and Ohio Valley.

    We are currently in the second year of funding with the Federal Drug Free Communities grant. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County has made great strides in our community to raise awareness and show the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • State budget will be tough work

    The second week of session saw several significant issues begin to be debated in committees. Drug abuse, weaknesses in child-protective services and the state’s debt level were all topics of discussion. The committee process is intended to inform the legislators of the pros and cons of each bill. Lively debate accompanied each piece of legislation.

  • Economy makes budgeting tough

    At the start of each legislative session in even-numbered years, the governor appears before the General Assembly twice: First, to give the State of the Commonwealth address and then, later in the month, to present a two-year budget proposal.

    Given the tough economy the country has weathered during the last several years, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Gov. Steve Beshear spent much of his first speech last week talking about the second one he will give on Jan. 17.

  • Tax reform, gaming, redistricting issues face state lawmakers

    The first week of the 2012 Session was a combination of the ceremonial and the new. We gaveled in last Tuesday with the traditional establishment of the membership of the Senate and approval of our chamber’s rules. More than 200 bills have already been filed in the General Assembly and will start making their way through the committee process beginning in earnest next week.

  • Redistricting, budget, education top state lawmaker’s agendas

    Gov. Steve Beshear will help set the stage when he gives his State of the Commonwealth address this week and, later this month, presents his two-year budget proposal. 

    Redistricting, something done each decade to align the state’s legislative and Kentucky Supreme Court boundaries to changes in population, will also be a major issue in the session’s opening days.

    There will be dozens of other bills to consider as well, and as is often the case, they will generally focus on education, health and safety and economic development.

  • Challenges face lawmakers as 2012 legislature begins

    As most of you are aware, the 2012 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly gaveled in at noon Jan. 3. Being an even numbered year, this is considered a long session because legislators will be developing the two-year budget for the state.