Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort. This Thanksgiving season, I reflect on the many great men and women who have made sacrifices for our country and those … Continued

Legislative Update – Pensions 9/11/17

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Frankfort, KY — Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, … Continued

Senator Thayer: Parents And Teachers Should Push For Longer Summers For Students

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As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” In Senate District 17, Scott County students will report back for classes on Thursday, August 10. For Grant … Continued

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Senator Damon Thayer joins Gov. Bevin in Ceremonial Signing of Senate Bill 50

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) shakes hands with Governor Matt Bevin after the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 50 (sponsored by Senator Thayer), a new law that allows calendar flexibility for school districts. Pictured behind Senator Thayer and Governor Bevin from left to right: former State Senator Chris Girdler of … Continued

Independence Day 2017

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Over 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue … Continued

Legislative Update – May 19, 2017

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While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put everything on the … Continued

Legislative Update – 4/5/17

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Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work … Continued

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 – 3/3/17

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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. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 bills including: ·         Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in … Continued