Check out Bob and Julie’s piece in The Lane Report, published last week, that previews the 2018 session. In addition to top issues, it also provides a look into leadership and other influential members. Here’s a look at what’s coming up: 

January 30 is the filing deadline for candidates running in the May Primary. All House and 19 Senate seats are up. 

January 30 is Louisville night in Frankfort. 

January 31 is the deadline to register for the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on February 6th at Alltech Arena.

February 6 is the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at Alltech Arena. 

February 20 special election to fill House District 49 – Dan Johnson. Rebecca Johnson, a widow of Dan Johnson (who passed away in December), is the GOP nominee for her late husband’s seat. She is running against former Representative Linda Belcher, a Democrat whom Dan Johnson defeated in 2016. Belcher ran also as a widow of the prior office-holder. Her late husband, Rep. Larry Belcher, died in a car accident in 2008.

February 22 Lexington Night in Frankfort. Our firm is a cosponsor for the event. 

February 27 special election for House District 89 – Marie Radar who resigned for health reasons. Representative Rader served her district since 1997 and was Chair of the Transportation Committee. 

Week in Review January 22-26

Governor Bevin revealed his recommendations for the budget, including a 6.25% cut across state agencies and fulfilling the actuarial pension obligation. The budget bill- HB200 was filed by Representative Rudy, who is House Appropriations and Revenue Chair. The Governor also wants to cut 70 programs, the list is here. However, the budget does make significant investments in state social service workers and opioid addiction recovery programs.  In case you missed the Governor’s address, you can watch it here.  

Kentucky Food Banks Association held their 5th annual ‘Rally to Solve Hunger’ in the Capitol Rotunda, with key leaders from both sides of the aisle — Governor Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles plus Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General Andy Beshear. Over 150 advocates met with various leaders throughout the day. The Governor declared February as ‘Food Banks Month’ in Kentucky! 

Numerous CASA of Kentucky advocates/volunteers came to the Capitol on Thursday to rally on behalf of children. 

Resources 

The Session Calendar and the Committee Schedule are great to bookmark. We’ll monitor Committees for you as bills pertaining to your issues come through. 

LRC Capitol Connection has a great recap video weekly. 

 Our team will continue to send weekly reports to share top stories and any information that may be helpful. See our Facebook and Twitter pages for real-time updates. 

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