Legislative Update – February 9, 2018

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Week six of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books, and bills continued to move steadily through the Senate as work on the budget and pension reform continues. While we have not released a pension proposal just yet, we are hopeful that it will be made public in the coming days as we continue … Continued

Legislative Update – February 2, 2018

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This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and onto the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the … Continued

Legislative Update – January 26, 2018

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Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness felt throughout the Commonwealth and around the country on Tuesday when an active shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, taking two innocent students’ lives and injuring 18 others. It was a senseless act of violence committed by another student that we … Continued

Legislative Update – January 19, 2018

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Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week. Senate … Continued

Legislative Update – January 12, 2018

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The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week. We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 Session—standing committees met to discuss and pass bills which then went to … Continued

Legislative Update – January 5, 2018

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The first week of the 2018 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the books, and pension reform is still a major priority for most of us in Frankfort. Along with passing a two-year budget and two-year road fund, pension reform must occur in order to put Kentucky’s poorly-funded pension systems on the … Continued

2017 Update

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The season of frigid nights, warm gatherings, and good cheer is upon us as we prepare for 2018. This year was a whirlwind in the General Assembly as we passed historic legislation in the 2017 Session, held insightful policy discussions across the Commonwealth during the Interim, and analyzed proposed pension reform. The year was momentous … Continued

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