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Senate Acts to Add Family Court Judges

Mar 22, 2018

The Kentucky Senate has adopted legislation calling for additional family court judges in needed service areas.  While the bill easily passed, there were still significant concerns expressed during floor debate.

 Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes more comprehensive judicial redistricting is needed. “It is my hope that we will continue to consider addressing judicial redistricting so we can provide access to justice to those growing regions of the state with dockets that are backed up as far as the eye can see,” said Thayer.


A Republican leader in the Kentucky Senate still believes the General Assembly is on target to hold a late October or early November special session on pension reform.

A party colleague in the House says it will likely be a harder vote for freshmen lawmakers.



A one and a third billion dollar investment in Kentucky’s automotive industry is not changing a legislative leader’s mind about the need for broad tax reform. Toyota officials announced Monday plans to spend the funds over 5 years to revitalize design, engineering, and production at the Scott County plant.   

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The Kentucky Horse Park Commission would be trimmed from 17 to 9 members under a bill passed by the state senate Monday.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer sponsors the measure.  He says there are management issues needing attention at the horse park.   "The secretary of the finance cabinet has taken the extraordinary step of reducing the horse park’s purchasing authority from $20,000 to $1,000,” said Thayer.

State Senate Leader Blasts Management of Kentucky Horse Park

Feb 12, 2016
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The Senate Majority Leader is calling for a performance audit of the Kentucky Horse Park.  Senator Damon Thayer is proposing legislation to alter the make up of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission.

Floor Leader Damon Thayer brought to light his concerns during a speech to members.  “Things are not as good as they seem at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Thayer.

State Leaders in Both Houses Optimistic About Fall Elections

Jan 26, 2016

The deadline to file to run for office in Kentucky is at 4:30 pm Tuesday  afternoon. Leaders in both houses of the state general assembly are predicting a good cadre of candidates in this fall's elections. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he’s pleased with the crop of democrats signing up to run.  “We’ve had some folks we hoped would run again like Ashley Miller down in Jefferson County,” said Stumbo.  “She got really close last time, but you know, we’ve got some surprises too.”

Remedy For Road Fund Problems Remains Elusive

Mar 12, 2015

    A number of widely debated issues await Kentucky lawmakers when they return to the capitol on March 23.  One piece of legislation that remains in limbo is related to taxation and the upkeep of Kentucky's roads.

Assessing Pace of 2014 General Assembly

Jan 24, 2014

The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days.  For instance, no votes occurred in either house Friday morning and both the House and Senate were in session for less than an hour.

Lawmakers are promising legislation addressing issues raised in a state audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.  The 118-page audit made 92 recommendations for strengthening Board of Trustees’ oversight and governance of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.  The board manages investments of nearly $13 billion for 300,000 active and retired state workers.  State Auditor Crit Luallen says the audit primarily focused on the use of placement agents, which she defined for House and Senate State Government Committee members.