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Guest Columns

  • Rand blasts House majority for rush in passing measures

    Through a series of extreme parliamentary maneuvers that kept teachers and other interested Kentuckians from effectively voicing their concerns, the House Majority forced a vote on the “charter schools” bill Friday in an early morning committee meeting, before rushing the measure to the House floor where it passed on a 56-39 vote.

  • School leadership teams developing innovative schedule for student needs

    Dear Readers,
    Recently our district middle and high school leadership teams have been meeting to create an innovative school schedule that will better meet the needs of our students and more effectively utilize our limited resources. Somehow this has turned into a belief that the district is going to do away with Honors classes at the high school.

  • Senate has busy week

    Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy Week Four of the 2017 Legislative Session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day. It was an honor to host these families who have sacrificed so much to serve our state and our country.

  • General Assembly halfway finished

    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.

  • Rand provides review of the week in General Assembly

    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.

  • Enrollment decline impacts school budget

     “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain and unchangeable.”
    ----John F. Kennedy

    Dear Readers,

  • More than 300 bills before legislature

    The second part of the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly began this past week as the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate reconvened in Frankfort.  While not many bills were voted upon, there was a flurry of activity going on as the process started.

  • Bevin’s tax plan may target middle class, lower income

    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.

  • Nation must find a way past the current political divide

    By Chip Hutcheson
    The Times Leader
    It seems as though the political divide in this country worsens with each passing day. So much that it makes you weary of watching the evening TV news. You become prone to skip over posts on social media which, quite often, are irresponsible, to say the least.
    Count me among the multitude in the “fed up with it all” category.

  • Constable bill deserves close look

    The State Journal

    A northern Kentucky lawmaker’s bill to give counties the option of eliminating the job of constable — and cities the option to strip constables of their police powers — merits close consideration.

    The bill by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, would let voters decide whether to amend the state constitution, which in 1850 created a law enforcement job that has long outlived its usefulness. If the referendum passed, the fiscal court in each county would decide whether to continue electing constables.