It was a chaotic first week in Frankfort as the legislative session was underway without clarity as to who is House Speaker.
Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne (R-Prospect) is presiding while Speaker Hoover (R-Jamestown), who initially said he would resign due to the sexual harassment settlement, is holding off formal resignation to the body until a review by the Ethics Commission is complete. The Ethics Commission will meet to review the charges against Hoover and three other House members on January 16.
2018 is filled with challenging, “once in a generation” issues – a solution to the pension crisis (Governor Bevin’s special session was not called), dramatic state spending reduction (Governor ordered a 1.3% budget cut), a road-building plan, and tax reform.
As you can tell from that list and from the session calendar, 2018 is going to be a “long” session indeed (even-numbered year).
Next Tuesday, January 16th, Frankfort reconvenes after MLK Day and that evening, Governor Bevin gives the State of the State to a Joint Session. Bevin may live stream from Facebook, or you can watch online via KET.
January 30th is the filing deadline for candidates running in the May 22Primary. All House and 19 Senate seats are up.
The Committee schedule per usual loads Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with meetings – we’ll monitor this for you as bills pertaining to your issues come through.
For updates throughout the session, we recommend Spectrum News. Among other pieces, we like their weekly report on the “Top 5 Most Influential People of the Week in Frankfort.”
Thanks to all those who were able to attend our 11th Annual Welcome Back to Frankfort party including 41 members from the House and Senate! We are looking forward to a great 2018 with you!