SENATE LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCES THREE APPOINTEES TO TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT WORK GROUP

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COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
SENATE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP OFFICE


For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120 Ext. 202

SENATE LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCES THREE APPOINTEES TO TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT WORK GROUP

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2015) – Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) announced Monday the three Senate representatives who will be participating in Governor Beshear’s “Teachers’ Retirement Work Group” to address funding issues: Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), Senator Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) and Senator Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville).

“It has been the position of the Senate Majority to seek a complete solution which combines structural reform with any additional funding,” Senator Thayer said. “We look forward to learning the structural solutions offered by this working group. We recognize that lasting structural changes will make any additional taxpayer funding of public pensions have a long-term impact that will benefit all Kentuckians.”

According to Governor Beshear’s office, “The work group will review best practices in other states regarding pension benefits, conduct a comprehensive review of funding options and make recommendations for improving the fiscal solvency of the KTRS. The work group may also contract for consulting services.”

Gov. Beshear also asked the work group to complete its work and submit its report to him on or before December 1, 2015.

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STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADERS

SEALCommonwealth of Kentucky
Senate Majority Office

For Immediate Release
July 7, 2015
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120 ext. 202

SENATE LEADERSHIP ON COUNTY CLERKS, RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES AND SCOTUS DECISION: 

The Senate has been exploring options to address the situation that our county clerks and religious institutions find themselves in due to the actions of the Supreme Court. Religious liberties are an important part of the basis of our Republic and all statutory options available should be considered. This is a very complex issue and perhaps it would be appropriate for the Governor to issue a temporary solution via executive order until the Legislature can craft a more comprehensive solution in January.”

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Note: Senate Majority Leadership consists of President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), President Pro Tem David Givens (R-Greensburg), Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum (R-Fairdale) and Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon). The five Senate Majority Leaders drafted this statement as a joint position.

Representative Hoover, Senator Wise Announce Funding for Water Extension Project in Cumberland County

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OFFICE OF REPRESENTATIVE JEFF HOOVER

OFFICE OF SENATOR MAX WISE

Contact:
Michael Goins
(502) 564-4334
Michael.goins@lrc.ky.gov

John Cox
(859) 492-2963
John.cox@lrc.ky.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Representative Hoover, Senator Wise Announce Funding for Water Extension Project in Cumberland County
More than $811,000 awarded to city of Burkesville for new lines along Kentucky 61

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2015) – House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, announced today that more than $800,000 has been awarded to the city of Burkesville for extension of water lines along Kentucky 61 in Cumberland County. Representative Hoover and Senator Wise were notified by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority about the funding award.

“When it comes to economic development and quality of life, having excellent access to water and sewer is a cornerstone for recruiting businesses both large and small to communities,” said Rep. Hoover. “This award not only will aid in Burkesville and Cumberland County’s business development, but also provide a clean and safe reliable source of water for people in the area.”

“I was pleased to see these crucial investments made in water infrastructure in Cumberland County and Burkesville,” Sen. Wise said. “This is an opportunity to expand service to previously unreached communities, which will promote human health and economic development as well as improve the quality of life in the community. I am proud to support this project and will continue to work to promote Kentucky’s infrastructure and future.”

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority approved $811,600 in funds from the Federally Assisted Drinking Water Revolving Fund loan to the city of Burkesville for what is known as the Kentucky State Road 61 Water Distribution Extension project. The funds will pay for installation of 9,600 linear feet of six inch water main lines along Kentucky 61, and 2,000 linear feet of two to six inch water line loops.

In addition the money will also provide for a new master meter to be placed at the end of the main along Kentucky 61 with the intent of providing an additional water source to the Cumberland County Water District. The city’s water utility produces around 200 million gallons of water each year, of which 80 million gallons are sold to the county water district.

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CHAMBERS DIFFER ON HOW TO AID UNDERACHIEVING SCHOOLS

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Commonwealth of Kentucky
Senate Majority Office

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120

CHAMBERS DIFFER ON HOW TO AID UNDERACHIEVING SCHOOLS

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Tuesday, March 24, 2015) – With time running out on the 2015 session, the Kentucky House could not agree with the Senate on how to provide leadership in order to help struggling schools in Kentucky.

When the House did not agree with Senate’s changes to House Bill 449, a conference committee was formed, but the issue ultimately went unresolved in Frankfort.

Originally, HB 449 would not consider helping underachieving schools until after they had performed in the bottom 5% for four straight years.

Our response in the Senate was simple: Why wait? The Senate felt that help should be given to a school long before they get to the bottom 5% in performance.

Our proposed changes would let superintendents select new principals as soon as a school’s performance sinks below 25% if openings exist. Then superintendents would have the power to choose new school leaders to engage both parents and students, while fostering a culture of success throughout the community.

The Senate and House agreed that we need to close the achievement gap that often affects students who are disproportionately from Latino, African-American, and low-income homes. These students graduate a lower rate, score lower on standardized tests, and are less-prepared for college if they are able to go.

If we give these students four years in a failing system before trying to provide them with a real solution, it could be too late.

In order to take a serious approach at closing Kentucky’s educational achievement gap, we need to let superintendents take action now – at the first sign of decline – and not after four years of extremely poor performance.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait at least one more year before providing these schools with the help they need.


Anti-Heroin Compromise Reached

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Commonwealth of Kentucky 
Office of Senator Chris McDaniel

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120

ANTI-HEROIN COMPROMISE BILL ON ITS WAY TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – After working countless hours since April to construct a bill to fight Kentucky’s heroin epidemic, I am pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill 192. SB 192 is a compromise between the House and Senate and I cannot thank my colleagues enough for helping pass this vital legislation.

This bill will provide increased punishments for heroin traffickers and dealers as well as provide greater treatment for those addicted to the deadly drug. An emergency clause was placed on SB 192, and Governor Beshear has announced that he will sign the bill into law at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Capitol Room 110.

I would like to thank all members of the General Assembly for their dedication to passage of anti-heroin legislation this session, the various interest groups who have weighed in and the family members of victims who have testified.

Northern Kentucky has been hit harder than most any area across the nation from the impacts of heroin and I pray that this bill is another step forward to end the distribution of this drug in my home community and begin to save lives.