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Columns

  • Governor’s budget includes deep cuts, no tax reform

    Most days during a legislative session, it is not uncommon to see supporters in the Capitol Rotunda rallying for a variety of important causes.  Each event may be different, but they collectively serve as powerful reminders that the votes we in the House and Senate take just two floors away have a real impact on the direction Kentucky takes.

  • Budget step toward financial health

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week. 

  • Rand: Budget remains key focus of 2018 legislative session

    FRANKFORT – When it comes to setting the state’s priorities, no other legislation plays a bigger role than the state’s budget.  It funds our schools, keeps us safe, maintains our highways, strengthens our collective health and affects our lives in countless other ways.

  • Busy second week for area legislators

    The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week.

    We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 session—standing committees met to discuss and pass bills, which then went to the Senate floor for a full vote.

    The first of the bills that passed this week was Senate Bill (SB) 3, a constitutional amendment which would create a crime victims’ bill of rights, also known as “Marsy’s Law.”

  • Rand: Passing the budget will be main focus of legislative session

    The first few weeks of a legislative session may seem slow at first glance, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of these opening days.

    That’s because this is the time when legislators and the governor alike lay out their priorities, setting the stage for what we hope can be accomplished by the time we finish our work, which this year will be on April 13th.

  • Pension reform must be addressed this year
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  • Budget, retirement reform are top issues for this year’s General Assembly

    With not one but possibly three major items on our agenda, and dozens of other issues competing for attention as well, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol early this week to kick off another legislative session.

  • Horback celebrates achievements, readies for 2018’s challenges

    The season of frigid nights, warm gatherings, and good cheer is upon us as we prepare for 2018.

    This year was a whirlwind in the General Assembly as we passed historic legislation in the 2017 Session, held insightful policy discussions across the Common-wealth during the Interim, and analyzed proposed pension reform.

  • Lawmakers ready to tackle coal ash, education, opioid crisis, more

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol on Jan. 2 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 my fellow legislators and me, plus constituents like you, a less-pressured environment to review issues affecting Kentucky so we’re better prepared when it is time to consider bills and take votes.  These meetings generally start in June and run through the first half of December.