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Today's Opinions

  • Senate passes school legislation

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Limited discussion on House bills regarding education

    Fifteen minutes – that’s how long the new House Majority let opponents to charter schools discuss a last-minute funding bill that will siphon money from our public schools for years to come.
    It was an 11th-hour sneak attack on March 15th, offered in the final moments of the final day for passing legislation. It was certainly not the first assault on the democratic process during the 2017 session, but it’s the one with the most potential for damaging the future of Kentucky’s school children.

  • Farm Bureau warns of driving distrations

    Editor:

    Each year an astounding number of lives are lost on Kentucky roads due to some form of distracted driving. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, distracted driving was noted as a factor in 43 percent of crashes — 58,000 collisions — on Kentucky’s roadways in 2015. That same year, driver distraction contributed to 182 fatalities in the Bluegrass State.

  • Short Senate week is ‘intense’

    A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part of the week to give final hearings to a few select bills.

  • General Assembly approaching ‘concurrence’ days

    The 2017 session is coming down to the wire, with major legislation still left to consider on two “concurrence” days next week. After March 15th, we recess until March 29th and 30th, when we reconvene for our final two days to review any gubernatorial vetoes.

  • OVEC and iLEAD Academy school districts breaking new ground again

    Students in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties will get a jumpstart on Ky’s highest demand health care careers

    The Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) and five of its member school districts collaborating to operate iLEAD Academy, Kentucky’s first regional high school, are breaking new ground again. 

  • Reader seeks help in battling legislative position

    Editor:
    I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP to contact the Administration Regulation Subcommittee before MARCH 6th, 1 pm and ask them to reject the proposed amendments for 401 KAR Chapter 45.
    You may contact the members of the 2017 Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee Members listed below by calling 1-800-372-7181 and ask them to reject the Amendments in 401 KAR Chapter 45.
    Sen. Ernie Harris [Co-Chair]
    Rep. Ken Upchurch [Co-Chair]
    Sen. Julie Raque Adams
    Sen. Perry B. Clark
    Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr
    Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

  • State Senate passes 40 pieces of legislation in week

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 Session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:
    · Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;