The organizational portion of the General Assembly concluded this week. This was the first time for me to sit on the floor and cast some votes. Rather than share from my perspective, I put together a listing of news articles that were representative of the week. We return for session on February 5.
Legislative Research Commission (“LRC”), the agency tasked with assisting the legislature, passed out some “hot” topics for the upcoming session. Many constituents have asked about the pension income exemption and the sales tax as applied to charities. Those appear among the first topics to be addressed in the upcoming session.
The Legislative Research Commission (“LRC”) is the non-partisan, support agency for the Kentucky General Assembly. LRC led and organized the new legislator orientation which I attended this past week. There were many informative sessions. One of the most helpful was the session dealing with Kentucky’s budget.
The Kentucky Supreme Court issued today its long awaited decision on the constitutionality of the pension system reform bill (SB 151). The decision was unanimous (7-0) and authored by Justice Daniel J. Venters of the Supreme Court 3rd District with a concurrence in result authored by Justice VanMeter.
The Kentucky Supreme Court in a 7-0 decision ruled medical review panels were unconstitutional in that they violated the “open courts” provision of the Kentucky Constitution.
Grateful for the support of the working men and women of the UAW. Looking forward to meeting you as the campaign progresses. Thank you.
Look for Repubs to characterize a potential loss as the end of the "blue wave", but be prepared to dig deeper. Deep in the Republican territory of Jackson, I'd call anything between 16% and 30% as expected.
On the February 8th edition of My Old Kentucky Podcast, the hosts Robert Kahne and Jasmin Smith discuss Kentucky politics and specifically, the District 11 State Representative's race.