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  • House considers legislation to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017

    If the end of a legislative session is about what laws the General Assembly can pass, the beginning is about what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.

    It’s not a small number this year, with about a dozen major topics expected to be considered by both chambers and many others also vying for passage.  Making that process difficult is the fact that there are only 30 working days and the first four were dedicated last month to electing leadership and establishing committees for the next two years.

  • It’s time to stop double taxing Social Security

    On January 28, 2015, I introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 589).  This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors. 

  • Weight control is a result of a lifestyle change, not following the latest fad
  • 800,000 Kentuckians volunteered 87 million hours, worth $2 billion

    Those who say you can’t get something for nothing apparently have never met a volunteer.

    About two-thirds of adults in our country actively help others like a neighbor, while roughly a fourth go a step further and donate time through their churches, civic groups, charities, schools and other helpful organizations.

  • Learn your ABC’s: News-Democrat to feature more locals

    Sometimes, too many choices can be a bad thing. It’s like when you go into a new restaurant and become overwhelmed by the multi-page menu of items. Or when you were a child and your parents took you to Blockbuster and said you could pick anything you wanted for movie night.  

    Since being at The News-Democrat, I have had a similar but also very different problem with having too many choices.

  • Rand recalls Wendell Ford’s many accomplishments as governor

    Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.

    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Legislators could pass law allowing local-option sales tax to fund projects

    There may only be 30 working days in this year’s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.

    Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution, therefore, requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to “open it up” in odd-numbered years, few of the bills filed have a significant financial impact.

    Even so, that does not lessen the importance of those that may become law.

  • Champions celebrates National Drug Facts Week from Jan. 25-31

    At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we like to celebrate. We celebrate living a drug-free life, and we celebrate when those who need treatment and direction are able to reach out. We also like to celebrate when education and prevention reach lives of young individuals that need it most.

    Jan. 25-31, we will be celebrating “National Drug Facts Week.” This is a week of education and prevention within Carroll County Schools and is celebrated nationwide and annually.

  • Rand re-appointed House Appropriations chair

    Although legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky - the first was held in 2001 - the General Assembly has long met during the first full week of January in these years to elect House and Senate leaders and update committee assignments.

    While the top four leaders in both chambers remained the same last week, there were some changes in the other leadership positions; in fact, nine of the 16 House and Senate leaders are new.

  • Senate passes four bills, including heroin legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Hornback

    “Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families” - this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I’m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week and are now on the way to the House.