State public pension woes, a local option sales tax for Kentucky communities, a growing heroin problem all over the state, and an increase in the minimum wage: these are just a few of the issues facing lawmakers in the 2015 General Assembly session.
These topics pose important questions for our state and need your scrutiny. You’ll see lawmakers debating the issues on KET when they speak on the floor of the state House and Senate, or in important committee meetings.
You don’t see them when they’re in the hallways or their offices discussing a piece of legislation with constituents or advocacy groups lobbying for a particular bill. That, according to Kentucky Tonight guest Rep. Denver Butler (D-Louisville), is where the real work gets done during the legislative session.
Monday night, Butler joined fellow Democrat Rep. Terry Mills of Lebanon, and Republican Representatives Brad Montell of Shelbyville and David Floyd of Bardstown to discuss the issues facing lawmakers when they return to Frankfort January 6.
Before the program began, I visited the lawmakers in the KET Green Room to ask about the issues they hope to see addressed in the 2015 session.
Click here to watch the full program and read a recap of the discussion.
Kentucky Tonight will take a few weeks off for the holidays. We’ll return on Monday, January 5 as state House and Senate leaders join me for a discussion about the upcoming legislative session.
To all of you, happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.