Senate Week In Review

Senate Week In Review April 1, 2016

Senate Week In Review April 1, 2016

FRANKFORT – As the final day of a General Assembly session approaches, the fate of numerous bills typically becomes much clearer. It’s a stark contrast to the early days of a session, when uncertainty fills the air. When a session opens, no one knows which issues will hit stumbling blocks as they navigate the legislative… Continue Reading

Senate Week In Review March 25, 2016

Senate Week In Review March 25, 2016

What should be the state’s spending priorities for the next two fiscal years? Should Kentucky give felons a clearer path to having rights restored after they’ve fulfilled their sentences? Should public and private partnerships be formed to work together on large projects? Many of the big questions confronting our state were taken up and voted… Continue Reading

Senate Week In Review March 18, 2016

Senate Week In Review March 18, 2016

FRANKFORT – The state Senate received the House’s version of Kentucky’s next 24-month budget during the 11th week of this year’s 60-day session. From my viewpoint, I think the House is on the right track. The nearly $21 billion state budget bill would restore some funding cuts proposed by the governor to many areas of… Continue Reading

Senate Week In Review March 11

Senate Week In Review March 11

FRANKFORT – With the final weeks of the session looming, we are all too aware of the short timeline and the many important pieces of legislation, including the state’s budget, that we still need to move through the process before session ends. This week marked the 10th week in an already historic session in terms… Continue Reading

Senate Week In Review March 4, 2016

Senate Week In Review March 4, 2016

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly crossed another mile marker this week by reaching the deadline for the introduction of new bills in the state Senate. With this deadline passed, we now have a more complete view of the issues lawmakers will take up this year. The bills address a mix of familiar issues and… Continue Reading

Senate Week in Review Feb. 26, 2016

FRANKFORT – Now that we are in the second half of the session, we will see some of the legislature’s biggest issues – like the state’s biennial budget – brought to the forefront.  For us, this means late nights and hard decisions as we work to reach a consensus on the most fiscally-responsible way to… Continue Reading

Senate Week in Review February 19, 2016

FRANKFORT – The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session and saw the passage of an education measure that would change the evaluation method of the Kentucky Academic Standards. Critics have characterized the current standards as bureaucratic burdens that have kept teachers from teaching. Furthermore, the standards… Continue Reading

Senate Week in Review February 12, 2016

FRANKFORT —A celebrity sighting in the state Capitol as an award-winning Hollywood actress shared her passion for early childhood education was a highlight of the sixth week of the 2016 General Assembly. Actress Jennifer Garner paraded the Capitol campus – not for a movie shoot – but to advocate for childhood literacy programs by Save… Continue Reading

Senate Week in Review February 5, 2016

Senate Week in Review February 5, 2016

FRANKFORT —The fifth week of the 2016 General Assembly was a time to reflect on the giants that have served before us in the Kentucky Senate while keeping a focus on the task at hand – being fiscal stewards of tax dollars while navigating the state through an ever-changing world. The contemplation was prompted by… Continue Reading

Senate Week in Review January 29, 2016

Senate Week in Review January 29, 2016

FRANKFORT — The success of a legislative session is often defined on an issue that emerges out of committee meetings, floor debates and rallies that punctuate the lawmaking process. Last year it was the heroin epidemic. This year Kentucky’s burgeoning pension crisis is the marque issue facing lawmakers.  The governor’s proposed 24-month state budget, rolled… Continue Reading

Paid for by Denise Harper Angel for State Senate, Catherine A. Dreier, CPA, Treasurer