Legislative Update – 3/17/17

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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 … Continued

Legislative Update – 3/10/17

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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 … Continued

Legislative Update – 2/10/17

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The hallways were packed with Kentuckians from across the state making their voices heard as we began the second part of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. I was especially heartened at the passionate crowd for the Rally for Life on Wednesday, February 8, and later in the evening that energy and excitement continued during … Continued

Legislative Update – 1/12/17

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Pro-business and pro-life bills highlighted a fast-paced and productive first week of the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. We witnessed history as my friend Jeff Hoover was sworn in as the first Republican Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 95 years. With the help of the new majority in the … Continued

Early Voting Is Not The Answer

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I read with interest recent editorials from various newspapers stating it is too difficult to vote in Kentucky and that the Commonwealth should pass a law allowing “early voting” to increase the number of participants in our state and federal elections. I am always supportive of increased voter turnout; early voting is not the answer. … Continued

Incumbent Republican Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer Files for Re-election in District 17

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FRANKFORT, KY – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer (R – Georgetown) has filed for re-election to continue to promote policies that create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families. He represents Grant, Scott and southern Kenton counties in the State Senate. “As State Senator, I will continue our work to protect taxpayers, promote transparency and … Continued

 
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GOP state senators propose delaying start of Kentucky’s school year

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from CN|2 GEORGETOWN — Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, are working on legislation that would mandate schools in Kentucky not return from summer break until at least the Monday closest to August 26. Keeping kids on break longer will positively impact Kentucky’s tourism economy, Thayer said, remarking on a Georgetown water … Continued

Saving our Summer: Time to Adjust Kentucky’s School Calendar

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By: Senator Chris Girdler (R-Somerset) and Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) In an effort to preserve prosperity enjoyed by Kentucky’s tourism industry and our overall economy, we plan to again file a similar version of Senate Bill (SB) 129 for the 2016 Legislative Session. SB 129 is a measure that would prevent schools from starting earlier … Continued

Reflecting on Memorial Day

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FRANKFORT, KY – Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as … Continued

2015 Session was Successful

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FRANKFORT, Ky.- While I was not completely satisfied at the end of the 2015 General Assembly Session, I felt the legislature made great strides toward creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families in 2015. Several major priorities outlined by the Senate Republicans at the beginning of the session were passed, including anti-heroin legislation, a telecommunications … Continued