• Addressing government efficiency


    As the Majority Caucus of the Senate, we are able to focus the legislation this session, along with bipartisan collaboration with our Democrat colleagues. 

    Per our agenda, we were able to move on a Senate Bill that proposed a constitutional amendment emphasizing legislative independence to ensure proper execution of the law. 

     Senate Bill 1, which I co-sponsored, allows the General Assembly to have oversight regarding government regulations enacted when not in session. 

  • Tax reform overdue in Kentucky


    We passed the one-third mark of the 2014 Regular Session this past week, and one of the highlights was the unveiling of the Governor’s proposal for comprehensive tax reform in Kentucky.

    The Commonwealth has not tackled tax reform since 2005, when Governor Ernie Fletcher proposed updating some of Kentucky’s tax code, which was referred to as tax modernization.  While that legislation had some impact, full tax modernization has not been passed by the General Assembly for decades.

  • What happens in Vegas...


    It is official and I have the T-shirt to prove it.

    The verdict – I’m not normal.

    This story gets started a couple of weeks ago when my daughter, Katie, and I went to Las Vegas with some friends.

    I had been once before, but she had never been and she was excited to have the whole Vegas experience.

  • Snow days can't please all


    There is nothing worse than, no matter what you do, you simply can’t win.

    That’s the position local schools are put in every winter, but particularly this year with the frigid temperatures, dumps of snow and slick road conditions Grant County has had to deal with.

    Just by checking the posts on Facebook, it is not difficult to tell snow days or the lack thereof get emotions running high.

    There are two sets of crowds when inclement weather starts to hit.

  • Pension reform


    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the General Assembly went back to work.

    Jan. 21 was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, the highest ranking female legislator, became the first woman legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly when Governor Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • We 'like' all political candidates equally


    With the holidays fading into memory, it’s almost time for those grinning politicians to peek around poles and pop up on grassy, although somewhat brown, patches of yards.

    That means the election is just a couple of months away and there is certainly quite a bit of interest in several races as some have 10 candidates seeking election.

    Go ahead and call me a geek but I’m one of those people who believe it’s my privilege, honor and even duty to go to the polls on Election Day.

  • Charlie Dills will be missed


    Several years ago in an effort to raise more money at the Grant County Relay For Life, someone threw out the idea of a silent auction where Relay teams could put together baskets or donate items to be sold.

    That event proved popular and successful and the next year, the Relay committee decided to add a live auction of the top 12 or so items to add another interesting event.

    We didn’t look any further than asking Charlie Dills, a local auctioneer and cancer survivor if he’d be our guest auctioneer and he graciously agreed.

  • Kiwanis Auction funds community projects


    A baby born during our very first Williamstown Kiwanis Charity auction would be 17 years old this month.  Think about the changes that child would have seen in the world during those 17 years.

       The auction idea was born at about the time I developed a lung ailment, therefore its reality was delayed until I recovered. Then I sprang my idea upon the Kiwanis membership nearly 18 years ago.

  • The Senate Republican Majority's top five priorities


     Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close.  The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. School is back in session and the work of the year in full swing.

  • 2014...full of promise


    Last year flew by in so many ways; it seems like just last week it was summer. Halloween came and went. Thanksgiving seems like the blink of an eye and it was over. Christmas came and went and in all honesty, I’m glad it’s over with. I was a bit of bah humbug this year.

    New Years came and went and was just another day. I didn’t even stay up to watch the ball drop, which is a yearly tradition. I stayed in and went to bed. Wonder what that says about the New Year?