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Columns

  • House had a busy week despite holiday

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.

    A reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward, however.

    On Wednesday, for example, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases. 

  • Bill requiring abortion-seekers to have face-to-face counseling passes Senate

    Although week three of the General Assembly was short due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inclement weather Friday, the Kentucky Senate passed significant bills and welcomed visitors who braved the snow in Frankfort.

    On Tuesday we passed two of our priority bills: Senate Bill (SB) 4 and SB 10. SB 4 would require those seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face, in-person counseling session with a physician 24 hours prior to the procedure. This effort to promote the rights of the unborn passed with bipartisan support.

  • Champions, Haven of Hope partner for Teen Night Feb. 26

    Substance abuse, teen pregnancy and health issues, what do all of these things have in common? They are topics that adolescents face daily. Temptation to make bad decisions occurs every day, whether it’s through peer pressure, marketing tactics or personal dealings.

  • Senate bills include legislation that will decrease costs on large school projects

    Floor votes, committee hearings and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. We welcomed guests from all across the Commonwealth to speak on behalf of bills.

    On Thursday we were visited by hundreds of young and energetic faces celebrating Children’s Advocacy Day, sponsored by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The group hosted a rally in the Capitol Rotunda where several Senate majority members were recognized for their efforts in standing up for Kentucky’s children.

  • A healthy lifestyle improves health in more ways than one

    I came across a quote a couple of weeks ago that read, “Healthy living is a life sentence, you will never be paroled or pardoned.”

    That is so true! Healthy living is a way of living. It is not something that can be measured by a number on a scale; it is the actions we take daily. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires persistence and dedication.

    The choice to live a healthy lifestyle can improve your health in more ways than one.  Here are some of the effects/benefits of living a healthy lifestyle:

  • Teachers’ retirement, expungement of class D felonies among bills to be considered in House

    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, which is facing a multi-billion dollar liability and needs a plan to adequately address it.

  • The war on our Second Amendment

    Many battles await Congress as we begin 2016, but few are more important than the fight to protect our right to bear arms.  Our right to self-defense is not granted by any government. Rather, it is a God-given, natural right.  In the words of George Mason, the Founding Father known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights:” “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” 

  • Hunger Busters: Ten ways to manage hunger pains

    You are making the commitment to change! You are putting together your strategic plan to stick to making the best version of you yet! You have short-term and long-term goals set with your training, nutrition and recovery to get you where you want to be. If it all works out in “real life” as it does on paper you will be on track to make your goals a reality!

    There might be just one problem: You are hungry. Better yet, you are HANGRY! So hungry, you are angry.

  • Stakes high in Medicaid redesign

    Lexington Herald Leader

    As the leader of Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to transform Medicaid, Mark Birdwhistell will get a chance to take up where he left off in the last Republican administration.

    The Kentucky Medicaid reforms that won approval under Birdwhistell’s leadership 10 years ago emphasized prevention, wellness and controlling the over-prescribing of drugs, all of which should still be priorities.

  • Setting budget is lawmakers’ biggest task this session

    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 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.