FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2016) – The following is a statement from Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers on the recent school bathroom proposal from President Barack Obama:

With complete disregard for the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama on Friday directed every school in the nation to provide access to transgender bathrooms, threatening to take federal funding away from any school that does not comply.”

“This is yet another example of indefensible overreach by President Obama, illustrating just how out of touch his administration has been with the values of Kentucky families. I firmly believe that this should be a local issue and I am prepared to fight for the safety of our students in Kentucky.”

“I would also like to encourage our Democratic colleagues in the Senate and the House to join us in this important fight against federal overreach.”

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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.


Senator Ralph Alvarado Celebrates Expansion of Catalent Pharma Solutions in Winchester

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Senator Ralph Alvarado Celebrates Expansion of Catalent Pharma Solutions in Winchester, Announcement of Additional Investment

Company will create 300 additional jobs, invest $62 million

WINCHESTER, Ky. (April 15, 2015) – Catalent Pharma Solutions LLC continues to grow in eastern Kentucky. Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) joined company officials, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and local leaders to cut the ribbon on Catalent’s $52-million expansion. It was also announced today that the company plans to invest an additional $62 million and add 300 more jobs to the Winchester operation.

During the recently completed project, Catalent created 140 full-time jobs and invested $52 million to add 80,000 square feet to its 100,000-square-foot facility on Enterprise Drive. The new $62-million investment, announced today, will be used to create additional square footage and renovate existing space for new equipment. Catalent plans to hire up to 300 workers, including military veterans, over the next five years.

“The Winchester facility has grown through continued investment in technical expertise and capability, an achievement made possible through our associates at Winchester,” said Barry Littlejohns, Catalent’s president of Advanced Delivery Technologies. “Our success spans many significant product launches, some of which are potentially life-saving drugs. We have a flexible business model that supports tailored solutions for our customers and that is of enduring appeal, driving increased demand for our Winchester manufacturing services and attracting both new and existing partners to manufacture.”

Catalent is the leading global provider of advanced drug delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. The company employs approximately 8,500 people, including more than 1,000 scientists at 30 facilities on five continents.

Opened in 1992, the Winchester plant currently employs more than 500 people and produces a variety of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in tablets, capsules and powders. The facility has launched more than 100 products for Catalent’s pharmaceutical and consumer health customers.

“I could not be more excited to see such a significant investment made by Catalent Pharma Solutions in my hometown of Winchester,” Alvarado said. “As a physician, it is encouraging to see this pharmaceutical company’s impact on our local economy and in Kentucky’s health care industry as a whole. The new jobs created from this investment certainly will improve the quality of life in our community and provide a landmark for future business investments in the Commonwealth.”

To encourage the new investment and job growth in Winchester, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $4.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

KEDFA also approved Catalent for tax benefits up to $700,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.

For more information on Catalent Pharma Solutions, visit

A detailed community profile for Winchester (Clark County) can be viewed here.

Remembering U.S. Senator Wendell Ford

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2015) – Kentucky lost a great leader last Thursday in former  U.S. Senator Wendell Ford. Ford, who passed away at the age of 90, was the first person in Kentucky history to be elected lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.

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Several members of the Kentucky Senate Majority offered statements honoring Sen. Ford and we thought those memories were appropriate to share on the day of the late senator’s funeral:

“Today Kentucky mourns the loss of an icon in the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford. As a lieutenant governor, governor and senator of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Senator Ford devoted his life to public service, fought hard for Kentucky, and was a statesman in the truest sense of the word. Even though we were on different sides of the political spectrum, I respect and celebrate his lifetime of service to our state and our people.

“It is a little known fact that Senator Ford’s sister, B.J. Sharpe, was a longtime Legislative Research Commission employee. On behalf of the LRC and the members of the Senate, I send my sympathies and condolences to Ms. Sharpe and all the family and friends of Senator Wendell Ford.”

– Senate President Robert Stivers

“Senator Ford was an icon in Kentucky; certainly one of a kind. His commitment to public service is to be admired. My condolences go out to his many friends and family.”

– Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Wendell Ford, former governor and U.S. senator. Senator Ford was a political icon and devoted his life to public service, fighting for Kentucky. I send my prayers and sympathies to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.”

– Senate Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon

“Wendell and Jean Ford have been our next-door neighbors for 33 years. Wendell watched my children grow up and we have watched them celebrate the arrival of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We were more than neighbors; we were true friends. While not politically aligned on many issues, we still had great respect for one another. Our backyard discussions were often lively, but Wendell and I both have had one goal: “A Better Kentucky.” I truly appreciate his dedication to public service and his many accomplishments. Vicki and I will miss him greatly.”

– Senator Joe Bowen

“Our Commonwealth has lost one of it’s most well known and effective advocates.  Senator Wendell Ford will forever be remembered for his passion and strong work ethic in Frankfort and our nation’s capital.  He always stood up for what he believed in and had a self proclaimed ‘tough hide’ to get him through the struggles of public service.  His sister, BJ Sharpe is my great aunt and she also served this Commonwealth through her diligent work within the Legislative Research Commission.  My wife, Courtney and I offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to BJ and the entire Ford family.”

– Senator Chris Girdler