Posts Tagged ‘Frankfort’

2013 Session Begins With Hope and Promise

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Update: Video from Monday night’s Ky. Tonight program with Gov. Behsear, House Speaker Stumbo, and Sen. President Stivers was added Wednesday afternoon. See below.

Tuesday was the official first day of the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate gaveled in at noon and had adjourned by early afternoon.

They were expected to do that. The session won’t really get underway until the first of February; this month some new members of the legislature will attend ethics training, committee meetings will be conducted and additional bills will be filed.

In the Senate there were several new faces in leadership positions; Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, was elected president of the Senate. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican, will serve as the majority floor leader.
Monday night President Stivers joined Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear on “Kentucky Tonight.”

This was the first time all three had been together on statewide television for a discussion of the issues facing lawmakers during the 2013 session. This week at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chamber Day event in Lexington they will be on the stage to speak to a sold-out dinner crowd of more than 1,500.
KET will have that event on the air next Monday night at 9/8 CT following “Kentucky Tonight.”

On Monday’s “Kentucky Tonight” program, I asked Gov. Beshear to tell us the number one bill and issue on his mind this year and asked Stumbo and Stivers to comment on the governor’s choice.

The Wait Is Over

Friday, January 4th, 2013

No, not for the new season of “Downton Abbey,” which begins on KET Sunday at 9/8 pm CT.

The wait I’m talking about is everyone’s favorite drama playing at the state capitol in Frankfort for the next 30 days—the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

Lawmakers return to the city by the river next Tuesday, Jan. 8th for their “short” session; every other year they meet for a 60-day session. And, boy, do members have a lot on their plates.

This weekend on “One to One,” you’ll get to hear Gov. Steve Beshear outline what he’d like to see legislators tackle in the next few weeks. In addition to public employee pension reform, tax reform issues, and a rather interesting approach to getting an expanded gambling constitutional amendment on the ballot.  Beshear will also discuss his push to raise the age a young Kentuckian can legally stop attending public school from age 16 to age 18.

Then, on Monday night’s “Kentucky Tonight,” Beshear returns to KET and is joined by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg and the new President-designate of the Senate Robert Stivers, of Manchester. Our topic, of course, will be the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

I hope you’ll be watching.

David Williams is Back in New Role

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

To many people in Kentucky, David L. Williams has been an enigma — at times, tough and seemingly unfair if you happened to disagree with his position, or, ingratiating and benevolent to supporters who have been with him every step of the way during his long career in the state capitol.

That career — as state representative, senator, minority and majority floor leader, and president of the state senate for the past 13 years — is over.

Now, he is Circuit Judge David Williams of Clinton, Cumberland, and Monroe counties. He was appointed to the position by Governor Beshear several weeks ago. He’s returned to his hometown of Burkesville, a small town near the Kentucky/Tennessee line.

This week on “One to One” we talked about his time in Frankfort and what it feels like to move back to Cumberland County as a circuit judge.

After the taping on the “‘One to One” set in Studio A at KET, I asked Judge Williams if he would mind sticking around for a few more minutes to chat. We discussed legislation he was proud of, his lapel pin, how fortunate he is to be returning to Burkesville, and a new career as a circuit judge. Our conversation appears below:


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