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Today's Opinions

  • 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;

  • 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.

  • Reader takes issue with state senator

    Editor:
    Our State Senator, Paul Hornback, co-sponsored SB152 which says exactly this: Amend KRS 6.716 to reduce the ethics training time requirement for members of the General Assembly from three hours to thirty minutes and remove CLE eligibility; repeal KRS 7.101 requiring sexual and workplace harassment training for General Assembly members.
    That’s right, Senator Hornback wants to eliminate sexual harassment training for legislators and reduce the total ethics training time to just half an hour.