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With the first full month of interim joint committee meetings behind us, this week I want to share some insight we gained during the last few meetings.

The men’s locker room at the downtown YMCA in Frankfort has a flat screen TV on the wall. Every morning when I go there to swim, it’s blaring out the daily dosage of bad news. If no one else is in the locker room, I turn it off. If someone is there watching it, I politely endure.

While working on the House Floor during a session, many of my colleagues and I step into the Speaker’s Office to take phone calls, have a conversation, or greet constituents. This year, I noticed something new — a beautiful quilt sewn together from pieces of red, white, and blue fabric and d…

Most of the time, helping the people of our community navigate state government is one of my favorite parts of being a legislator.

Gardening is a wonderful pastime with many benefits. Garden produce can supplement grocery shopping, potentially lowering monthly food costs, It provides moderate intensity exercise. It also tends to improve self-esteem, increase happiness and improve sleep. It can be great for family health…

Lyon County High School Class of 2020 ended a school year like no other in history, with all 58 graduates spending the last two months of their compulsory education learning at home through non-traditional instruction. This group of seniors missed out on a final season of spring sports, a se…

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As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

Before I begin this week’s session review, I would like to share an update regarding the Primary Election. I hope you are already aware that the Governor and Secretary of State worked together to postpone this year’s primary from May 18 to June 23 and expand the absentee voting options to in…

The text alert arrived with a call to action. I needed to verify with my data breach monitoring company that a cable company had my permission to check my financial background, allowing me to consider them as a streaming entertainment provider. Like many Kentuckians who have been Healthy at …

Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

With the 2020 Regular Session behind us, I hope to use my legislative updates to review some of the work we did this session. It makes sense to start with education, since so much depends on both how we approach this issue and how successful we are. Investing wisely will prepare Kentucky chi…

The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight last Wednesday, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that Caldwell Medical Center is here for our community. These are uncertain times with a lot of unknowns, but you can gain some peace of mind with the knowledge that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are aggressively workin…

The Kentucky legislature is responsible for passing the state’s budget — that is, deciding how state money is raised and spent in the commonwealth. No other government official or body can do that job for us.

As I drove home from the Capitol last week, I saw so many businesses closed, so few people out and about. I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing. I support what our public health agencies are doing to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

Throughout my time in the Kentucky House, I have made this district my top legislative priority. When I go to work, I go to work for our families and our future. Throughout my time in Frankfort, I have supported policies aimed at growing our economy, protecting life, defending our most vulne…

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who participated last month in our first ever Festival of Trees. It was a big success and lots of money was raised for various charities throughout the area.

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close Friday. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session Jan. 7 with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fo…

At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the 2nd Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding father…

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort last week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

Legislators spent this week in Frankfort wrapping up many of our Interim Joint Committees. Over the last few months, agencies, organizations, and constituents have brought their agendas to Frankfort to lay the groundwork for issues we will consider during the 2020 Session. I have shared abou…

There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most imp…

Part of my daughter's morning school arrival routine is stopping to say hi to Officer Steve, her school resource officer. And daily, even with all he is managing during morning drop-offs, he never fails to share a smile or a laugh with her.

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents more alternatives when it comes to educating their children want to distract families and taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them from the true success being achieved by public charter schools and tax-credit scholarships in some of the nation's mos…

The second of five gubernatorial campaign debates held recently at the University of Kentucky featured a statement you rarely hear uttered by a politician of either party, but especially one who portrays himself as a progressive with a spending wish list long enough to cover every inch of th…

Is the U.S. on the verge of self-destruction due to worsening division among its people? I hope not. But according to Jesus, "If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." About three years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln borrowed the metaphor in a speech initiating h…

Before I begin this week’s session review, I would like to share an update regarding the Primary Election. I hope you are already aware that the Governor and Secretary of State worked together to postpone this year’s primary from May 18 to June 23 and expand the absentee voting options to in…

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

With the 2020 Regular Session behind us, I hope to use my legislative updates to review some of the work we did this session. It makes sense to start with education, since so much depends on both how we approach this issue and how successful we are. Investing wisely will prepare Kentucky chi…

The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight last Wednesday, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that Caldwell Medical Center is here for our community. These are uncertain times with a lot of unknowns, but you can gain some peace of mind with the knowledge that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are aggressively workin…

The Kentucky legislature is responsible for passing the state’s budget — that is, deciding how state money is raised and spent in the commonwealth. No other government official or body can do that job for us.

As I drove home from the Capitol last week, I saw so many businesses closed, so few people out and about. I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing. I support what our public health agencies are doing to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

Throughout my time in the Kentucky House, I have made this district my top legislative priority. When I go to work, I go to work for our families and our future. Throughout my time in Frankfort, I have supported policies aimed at growing our economy, protecting life, defending our most vulne…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close Friday. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session Jan. 7 with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fo…

At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the 2nd Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding father…

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort last week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who participated last month in our first ever Festival of Trees. It was a big success and lots of money was raised for various charities throughout the area.

Legislators spent this week in Frankfort wrapping up many of our Interim Joint Committees. Over the last few months, agencies, organizations, and constituents have brought their agendas to Frankfort to lay the groundwork for issues we will consider during the 2020 Session. I have shared abou…

There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most imp…

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents more alternatives when it comes to educating their children want to distract families and taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them from the true success being achieved by public charter schools and tax-credit scholarships in some of the nation's mos…

Part of my daughter's morning school arrival routine is stopping to say hi to Officer Steve, her school resource officer. And daily, even with all he is managing during morning drop-offs, he never fails to share a smile or a laugh with her.

The second of five gubernatorial campaign debates held recently at the University of Kentucky featured a statement you rarely hear uttered by a politician of either party, but especially one who portrays himself as a progressive with a spending wish list long enough to cover every inch of th…

Is the U.S. on the verge of self-destruction due to worsening division among its people? I hope not. But according to Jesus, "If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." About three years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln borrowed the metaphor in a speech initiating h…