Senate Week In Review

April 3, 2014

Approving the state budget has been called one of the toughest, most important duties of the General Assembly. The 250-page document leaves the governor’s office as a proposal in January. Getting an agreed-upon, finalized version back to his desk in the spring is truly a monumental task. Needs are coupled with resources. Appropriations are matchedContinue Reading

March 21, 2014

Meetings, proceedings and work days stretched past daylight’s end this week as the session calendar hastened legislative priorities. Important bills were debated and discussed, passed from committees, from chambers and from the legislature to the governor with the hallmark intensity of session’s final days. Work continued on the budget as lawmakers met throughout the weekContinue Reading

March 7, 2014

Many lawmakers joined thousands of Kentuckians gathered along Capitol Avenue Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Frankfort. Dr. King led 10,000 others in a march up to the front door of our Capitol on March 5, 1964 in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. Retracing hisContinue Reading

March 4, 2014

As we welcome March at the capitol, we will see some of the legislature’s biggest issues – like the state’s biennial budget – brought to the forefront. For us, March brings late nights and hard decisions as we work to reach a consensus on the most fiscally-responsible way to keep our state moving forward. SenateContinue Reading

February 21, 2014

After a pause in legislative work on Monday in observance of President’s Day, the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday ready to begin the second, busiest half of the legislative session. In the coming weeks, we will consider some of our most complex and significant bills, including the state’s biennial budget. There are few things lawmakersContinue Reading

February 14, 2014

Dozens of bills were considered by the legislature this week. Many received the approval of the full Senate. Among them, several matters that would impact health care in various ways. Senate Bill 103 would allow trained caregivers to administer life-saving insulin and glucagon to diabetics experiencing symptoms of hypo or hyperglycemia. Under the bill, individualsContinue Reading

February 7, 2014

This week saw two milestones of the 2014 Regular Session: The first third of the session completed and the first bill to receive final passage of the entire General Assembly. Senate Bill 7, which I was a co-sponsor, is an important measure aimed at increasing accessibility to health care in Kentucky. It will allow experiencedContinue Reading

January 31, 2014

FRANKFORT – Work at the Capitol kicked into high gear as we wrapped up the first month of the 2014 Regular Session. Several bills gained momentum this week, many earning committee and full Senate approval. More than 700 will likely be proposed this year, about a quarter of those will make it to the lawContinue Reading

January 24, 2014

FRANKFORT – After a pause in legislative work Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday in a joint session with the House to hear the Governor’s budget proposal. Determining the state’s two-year budget is the most daunting, time-consuming task we undertake in the legislature. AsContinue Reading

January 17, 2014

FRANKFORT – The second week of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly saw schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills. We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation. It is an involved process that, for successful bills, will include committee approval,Continue Reading