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Issues may be addressed Feb. 5

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The first week of the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly is now complete.  The legislature is now recessed for three weeks to give members time to organize, review bills, and draft others. We will reconvene February 5 for the remaining 26 days of session.

 The number one challenge facing us on return is the crisis with the public employee pension system.  During the recess, Senate members will be briefed on the issue by experts from The Pew Center on the States, as well as members of the pension reform task force that met this summer.  On the first day back in session, I intend to introduce a bill that will be based on the task force’s recommendations.  It is critical we address this issue to protect current and future employees’ benefits.

 There are other serious issues that might be addressed this session, including issues surrounding the implementation of Medicaid managed care, overseas military voting online via a secure internet site, and others.  As Majority Floor Leader, I will continue to meet daily with the Senate President and other members of the Senate leadership team as we study the issues and weigh our priorities.

 I will continue to write and keep you as informed as possible as the session progresses.  Please feel free to contact me in Frankfort toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 as your input is important to me.
 There are other ways to stay informed, too.  You can visit the Kentucky Legislature Home page at www.lrc.ky.us  for more information on pending legislation, committee assignments, meeting schedules and more.  And, by going to our eNews page, www.lrc.ky.gov/pubinfo/listserv.htm, you can subscribe to frequent e-mail updates on what’s happening at the Capitol.  In addition, the General Assembly has its own blog, Capitol Notes, www.lrc.ky.gov/pubinfo/capitol_notes.htm, that will allow you to receive legislative updates at your leisure.
You can also follow legislative action in the following ways:

• A taped message containing information on legislative committee meetings is updated daily at 1-800-633-9650.

•  To check the status of a bill, you may call the toll-free Bill Status Line at 1-866-840-2835.

•  To leave a message for any legislator, call the General Assembly’s toll-free Message Line at 1-800-372-7181.  People with hearing difficulties may leave messages for lawmakers by calling the TTY Message Line at 1-800-896-0305.

• You may write any legislator by sending a letter with the lawmaker’s name to: Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.