Legislators’ Addresses and Phone Numbers
Sen. Julie Raque Adams DISTRICT 36
213 S Lyndon Ln, Louisville, KY 40222
HOME: 502-744-9264 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Ralph Alvarado DISTRICT 28
3250 McClure Rd, Winchester, KY 40391
Sen. Joe Bowen DISTRICT 8
2031 Fieldcrest Dr, Owensboro, KY 42301
HOME: 270-685-1859 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Tom Buford DISTRICT 22
409 W Maple St, Nicholasville, KY 40356
HOME: 859-885-0606 HOME FAX: 859-885-0606
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 ANNEX FAX: 502-564-2466
Sen. Jared Carpenter DISTRICT 34
PO Box 100, Berea, KY 40403
Sen. Danny Carroll DISTRICT 2
220 Cimarron Way, Paducah, KY 42001
HOME: 270-703-8025 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Julian M. Carroll DISTRICT 7
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 254, Frankfort, KY 40601
CAPITOL: 502-564-2470 ANNEX: 502-564-2470
Sen. Perry B. Clark DISTRICT 37
5716 New Cut Rd, Louisville, KY 40214
HOME: 502-366-1247 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. DISTRICT 6
PO Box 1215, Morgantown, KY 42261
HOME: 270-791-1879 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Carroll Gibson DISTRICT 5
PO Box 506, Leitchfi eld, KY 42755
HOME: 270-230-5866 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Chris Girdler DISTRICT 15
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 209, Frankfort, KY 40601
Sen. David P. Givens DISTRICT 9
PO Box 12, Greensburg, KY 42743
CAPITOL: 502-564-3120 ANNEX: 502-564-3120
Sen. Denise Harper Angel DISTRICT 35
2521 Ransdell Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
HOME: 502-452-9130 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Ernie Harris DISTRICT 26
PO Box 1073, Crestwood, KY 40014
HOME: 502-241-8307 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Jimmy Higdon DISTRICT 14
344 N Spalding, Lebanon, KY 40033
CAPITOL: 502-564-2450 HOME: 270-692-6945
Sen. Paul Hornback DISTRICT 20
6102 Cropper Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065
Sen. Stan Humphries DISTRICT 1
763 Sinking Fork Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211
HOME: 270-522-0195 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Ray S. Jones II DISTRICT 31
PO Drawer 3850, Pikeville, KY 41502
CAPITOL: 502-564-2470 ANNEX: 502-564-2470
WORK: 606-432-5777 WORK FAX: 606-432-5154
Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr DISTRICT 12
3274 Gondola Dr, Lexington, KY 40513
HOME: 859-223-3274 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Christian McDaniel DISTRICT 23
PO Box 15231, Latonia, KY 41015
Sen. Morgan McGarvey DISTRICT 19
2250 Winston Ave, Louisville, KY 40205
HOME: 502-589-2780 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Gerald A. Neal DISTRICT 33
462 S 4th St, Meidinger Twr, Ste. 1250, Louisville, KY 40202
CAPITOL: 502-564-2470 HOME: 502-776-1222
ANNEX: 502-564-2470 WORK: 502-584-8500
WORK FAX: 502-584-1119
Sen. Dennis Parrett DISTRICT 10
731 Thomas Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
HOME: 270-765-4565 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Dorsey Ridley DISTRICT 4
4030 Hidden Creek Dr, Henderson, KY 42420
HOME: 270-826-5402 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 270-869-0505 WORK FAX: 270-869-0340
Sen. Albert Robinson DISTRICT 21
1249 S Main St, London, KY 40741
HOME: 606-878-6877 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. John Schickel DISTRICT 11
PO Box 991, Union, KY 41091
Sen. Wil Schroder DISTRICT 24
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 229, Frankfort, KY 40601
Sen. Dan “Malano” Seum DISTRICT 38
1107 Holly Ave, Fairdale, KY 40118
CAPITOL: 502-564-2450 HOME: 502-749-2859
Sen. Brandon Smith DISTRICT 30
124 Craig Street, Hazard, KY 41702
HOME: 606-436-4526 HOME FAX: 606-436-4526
Sen. Robert Stivers II DISTRICT 25
207 Main St, Manchester, KY 40962
CAPITOL: 502-564-3120 HOME: 606-598-8575
ANNEX: 502-564-3120 WORK: 606-598-2322
WORK FAX: 606-598-2357
Sen. Damon Thayer DISTRICT 17
105 Spyglass Dr, Georgetown, KY 40324
CAPITOL: 502-564-2450 ANNEX: 502-564-2450
Sen. Reginald Thomas DISTRICT 13
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 255, Frankfort, KY 40601
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 ANNEX FAX: 502-564-0777
Sen. Johnny Ray Turner DISTRICT 29
849 Crestwood Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
HOME: 606-889-6568 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Robin L. Webb DISTRICT 18
404 W Main St, Grayson, KY 41143
HOME: 606-474-5380 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Sen. Stephen West DISTRICT 27
202 Vimont Ln, Paris, KY 40361
Sen. Whitney Westerfield DISTRICT 3
700 South Main St, PO Box 1107, Hopkinsville, KY 42241
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 270-885-7671
Sen. Mike Wilson DISTRICT 32
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 204, Frankfort, KY 40601
Sen. Max Wise DISTRICT 16
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 229, Frankfort, KY 40601
Rep. Rocky Adkins DISTRICT 99
PO Box 688, Sandy Hook, KY 41171
CAPITOL: 502-564-5565 HOME: 606-738-4242
ANNEX: 502-564-5565 WORK: 606-928-0407
WORK FAX: 606-929-5913
Rep. Lynn Bechler DISTRICT 4
2359 Brown Mines Rd, Marion, KY 42064
HOME: 270-988-4171 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Linda Belcher DISTRICT 49
4804 Hickory Hollow Ln, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
HOME: 502-957-2793 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Johnny Bell DISTRICT 23
108 N Green St, Glasgow, KY 42141
CAPITOL: 502-564-7756 HOME: 270-590-0110
ANNEX: 502-564-7756 WORK: 270-651-7005
Rep. Robert Benvenuti III DISTRICT 88
2384 Abbeywood Rd, Lexington, KY 40515
HOME: 859-421-1464 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Kevin D. Bratcher DISTRICT 29
10215 Landwood Dr, Louisville, KY 40291
HOME: 502-231-3311 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. George Brown Jr. DISTRICT 77
424 E Fourth St, Lexington, KY 40508
HOME: 859-312-7513 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Regina Bunch DISTRICT 82
179 Mountain St, Williamsburg, KY 40769
HOME: 606-549-3439 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Tom Burch DISTRICT 30
4012 Lambert Ave, Louisville, KY 40218
HOME: 502-454-4002 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Denver Butler DISTRICT 38
PO Box 9041, Louisville, KY 40209
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 502-817-3044
Rep. John Carney DISTRICT 51
1079 Woodhill Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718
HOME: 270-403-7980 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Larry Clark DISTRICT 46
5913 Whispering Hills Blv, Louisville, KY 40219
HOME: 502-968-3546 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Hubert Collins DISTRICT 97
72 Collins Dr, Wittensville, KY 41274
HOME: 606-297-3152 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Leslie Combs DISTRICT 94
245 E Cedar Dr, Pikeville, KY 41501
HOME: 606-444-6672 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Tim Couch DISTRICT 90
PO Box 710, Hyden, KY 41749
HOME: 606-672-8998 HOME FAX: 606-672-8998
Rep. Will Coursey DISTRICT 6
285 Oak Level Elva Rd, Symsonia, KY 42082
HOME: 270-851-4433 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Ron Crimm DISTRICT 33
PO Box 43244, Louisville, KY 40253
HOME: 502-245-8905 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jim DeCesare DISTRICT 17
PO Box 122, Rockfi eld, KY 42274
CAPITOL: 502-564-5855 HOME: 270-792-5779
ANNEX: 502-564-5855 WORK: 270-792-5779
Rep. Mike Denham DISTRICT 70
306 Old Hill City Rd, Maysville, KY 41056
HOME: 606-759-5167 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Bob M. DeWeese DISTRICT 48
6206 Glen Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40222
HOME: 502-426-5565 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jeffery Donohue DISTRICT 37
PO Box 509, Fairdale, KY 40118
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 502-439-6175
Rep. Myron Dossett DISTRICT 9
491 E Nashville St, Pembroke, KY 42266
HOME: 270-475-9503 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jim DuPlessis DISTRICT 25
702 Capitol Ave, Annex Room 424D, Frankfort, KY 40601
Rep. Joseph M. Fischer DISTRICT 68
126 Dixie Place, Ft Thomas, KY 41075
HOME: 859-781-6965 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Kelly Flood DISTRICT 75
121 Arcadia Park, Lexington, KY 40503
HOME: 859-221-3107 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. David Floyd DISTRICT 50
102 Maywood Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
HOME: 502-350-0986 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jim Glenn DISTRICT 13
PO Box 21562, Owensboro, KY 42304
HOME: 270-686-8760 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jim Gooch Jr. DISTRICT 12
714 N Broadway B2, Providence, KY 42450
HOME: 270-667-7327 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK FAX: 270-667-5111
Rep. Derrick Graham DISTRICT 57
157 Bellemeade Dr, Frankfort, KY 40601
HOME: 502-223-1769 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jeff Greer DISTRICT 27
PO Box 1007, Brandenburg, KY 40108
HOME: 270-422-5100 HOME FAX: 270-422-5100
Rep. David Hale DISTRICT 74
1 Hales Ln, Wellington, KY 40387
HOME: 606-768-3474 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Chris Harris DISTRICT 93
719 Forest Hills Rd, Forest Hills, KY 41527
HOME: 606-237-0055 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Richard Heath DISTRICT 2
438 Millers Chapel Rd, Mayfi eld, KY 42066
HOME: 270-705-7539 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 270-247-2210 WORK FAX: 270-247-2304
Rep. Jeff Hoover DISTRICT 83
PO Box 985, Jamestown, KY 42629
CAPITOL: 502-564-5391 HOME: 270-343-2264
ANNEX: 502-564-0521 WORK: 270-343-5588
Rep. Dennis Horlander DISTRICT 40
1806 Farnsley Rd, Ste 6, Shively, KY 40216
HOME: 502-447-2498 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Cluster Howard DISTRICT 91
151 Pinehill Dr, Jackson, KY 41339
Rep. Kenny Imes DISTRICT 5
4064 US 641 N, Murray, KY 42071
Rep. Joni L. Jenkins DISTRICT 44
2010 O’Brien Ct, Shively, KY 40216
HOME: 502-447-4324 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. James Kay DISTRICT 56
PO Box 1536, Versailles, KY 40383
Rep. Dennis Keene DISTRICT 67
1040 Johns Hill Rd, Wilder, KY 41076
HOME: 859-441-5894 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Thomas Kerr DISTRICT 64
5415 Old Taylor Mill Rd, Taylor Mill, KY 41015
HOME: 859-356-1344 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 859-431-2222 WORK FAX: 859-431-3463
Rep. Kim King DISTRICT 55
250 Bright Leaf Dr, Harrodsburg, KY 40330
HOME: 859-734-2173 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Martha Jane King DISTRICT 16
Lake Malone, 633 Little Cliff Estates, Lewisburg, KY 42256
HOME: 270-657-2707 HOME FAX: 270-657-2755
Rep. Adam Koenig DISTRICT 69
170 Herrington Ct, #12, Erlanger, KY 41018
HOME: 859-653-5312 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Stan Lee DISTRICT 45
PO Box 2090, Lexington, KY 40588
CAPITOL: 502-564-4334 HOME: 859-252-2202
HOME FAX: 859-259-2927 ANNEX: 502-564-4334
Rep. Brian Linder DISTRICT 61
16 Ridgeview Cir, Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian DISTRICT 34
2007 Tyler Ln, Louisville, KY 40205
HOME: 502-451-5032 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Donna Mayfield DISTRICT 73
2059 Elkin Station Rd, Winchester, KY 40391
HOME: 859-745-5941 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Tom McKee DISTRICT 78
1053 Cook Rd, Cynthiana, KY 41031
HOME: 859-234-5879 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
ANNEX FAX: 502-564-0152
Rep. David Meade DISTRICT 80
PO Box 121, Stanford, KY 40484
Rep. Reginald Meeks DISTRICT 42
PO Box 757, Louisville, KY 40201
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 502-741-7464
Rep. Michael Meredith DISTRICT 19
PO Box 292, Brownsville, KY 42210
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 270-597-6049
Rep. Russ A. Meyer DISTRICT 39
106 Lone Oak Dr, Nicholasville, KY 40356
Rep. Suzanne Miles DISTRICT 7
PO Box 21592, Owensboro, KY 42304
Rep. Charles Miller DISTRICT 28
3608 Gateview Cir, Louisville, KY 40272
HOME: 502-937-7788 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jerry T. Miller DISTRICT 36
P.O. Box 36, Eastwood, KY 40018
Rep. Terry Mills DISTRICT 24
690 McElroy Pk, Lebanon, KY 40033
HOME: 270-692-2757 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Phil Moffett DISTRICT 32
812 Brookhill Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
Rep. Brad Montell DISTRICT 58
543 Main St, Shelbyville, KY 40065
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 502-633-7017
Rep. Tim Moore DISTRICT 18
417 Bates Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
HOME: 270-769-5878 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Rick G. Nelson DISTRICT 87
117 Gumwood Rd, Middlesboro, KY 40965
HOME: 606-248-8828 HOME FAX: 606-248-8828
Rep. David Osborne DISTRICT 59
PO Box 8, Prospect, KY 40059
HOME: 502-228-3201 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Sannie Overly DISTRICT 72
340 Main St, Paris, KY 40361
CAPITOL: 502-564-2217 HOME: 859-987-9879
Rep. Darryl T. Owens DISTRICT 43
1018 S 4th St, Ste 100, Louisville, KY 40203
HOME: 502-584-6341 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo DISTRICT 76
10 Deepwood Dr, Lexington, KY 40505
HOME: 859-299-2597 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Marie Rader DISTRICT 89
PO Box 323, McKee, KY 40447
HOME: 606-287-7303 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 606-287-3300 WORK FAX: 606-287-3300
Rep. Rick Rand DISTRICT 47
PO Box 273, Bedford, KY 40006
HOME: 502-255-3392 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 502-255-3286 WORK FAX: 502-255-9911
Rep. Jody Richards DISTRICT 20
817 Culpeper St, Bowling Green, KY 42103
CAPITOL: 502-564-7520 HOME: 270-842-6731
Rep. Steve Riggs DISTRICT 31
PO Box 24586, Louisville, KY 40224
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 ANNEX FAX: 502-564-6543
Rep. Tom Riner DISTRICT 41
1143 E Broadway, Louisville, KY 40204
HOME: 502-584-3639 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Bart Rowland DISTRICT 21
PO Box 336, Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Rep. Steven Rudy DISTRICT 1
350 Peppers Mill Dr, Paducah, KY 42001
HOME: 270-744-8137 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Sal Santoro DISTRICT 60
596 Walterlot Ct, Florence, KY 41042
HOME: 859-371-8840 HOME FAX: 859-371-4060
Rep. Dean Schamore DISTRICT 10
120 Ball Park Rd, Hardinsburg, KY 40143
Rep. Jonathan Shell DISTRICT 71
PO Box 138, Lancaster, KY 40444
Rep. John Short DISTRICT 92
240 Briarwood Lane, Mallie, KY 41836
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 606-785-9018
Rep. Arnold Simpson DISTRICT 65
112 W 11th St, Covington, KY 41011
HOME: 859-581-6521 HOME FAX: 859-261-6582
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 859-261-6577
Rep. Kevin Sinnette DISTRICT 100
PO Box 1358, Ashland, KY 41105
HOME: 606-324-5711 HOME FAX: 606-329-1430
Rep. Rita Smart DISTRICT 81
419 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475
HOME: 859-623-7876 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Diane St. Onge DISTRICT 63
PO Box 17351, Lakeside Park, KY 41017
Rep. Fitz Steele DISTRICT 84
176 Woodland Ave, Hazard, KY 41701
HOME: 606-439-0556 HOME FAX: 606-439-0556
Rep. Jim Stewart III DISTRICT 86
545 KY 223, Flat Lick, KY 40935
HOME: 606-542-5210 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Wilson Stone DISTRICT 22
1481 Jefferson School Rd, Scottsville, KY 42164
HOME: 270-622-5054 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Greg Stumbo DISTRICT 95
PO Box 1473,, 108 Kassidy Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
CAPITOL: 502-564-3366 HOME: 606-886-9953
Rep. Tommy Thompson DISTRICT 14
PO Box 458, Owensboro, KY 42302
HOME: 270-926-9736 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 270-926-1740 WORK FAX: 270-685-3242
Rep. James Tipton DISTRICT 53
8151 Little Mount Rd, Taylorsville, KY 40071
Rep. Tommy Turner DISTRICT 85
175 Clifty Grove Church, Somerset, KY 42501
HOME: 606-274-5175 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Ken Upchurch DISTRICT 52
PO Box 969, Monticello, KY 42633
HOME: 606-340-8490 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. David Watkins DISTRICT 11
1280 Taransay Dr, Henderson, KY 42420
HOME: 270-826-0952 HOME FAX: 270-826-3338
Rep. Gerald Watkins DISTRICT 3
4317 Pines Rd, Paducah, KY 42001
HOME: 270-558-5139 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Jim Wayne DISTRICT 35
1280 Royal Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 502-451-8262
Rep. Russell Webber DISTRICT 26
PO Box 6605, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
HOME: 502-543-8209 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
Rep. Susan Westrom DISTRICT 79
PO Box 22778, Lexington, KY 40522
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 859-266-7581
Rep. Addia Wuchner DISTRICT 66
PO Box 911, Burlington, KY 41005
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 859-525-6698
Rep. Brent Yonts DISTRICT 15
232 Norman Cir, Greenville, KY 42345
HOME: 270-338-6790 ANNEX: 502-564-8100
WORK: 270-338-0816 WORK FAX: 270-338-1639
Rep. Jill York DISTRICT 96
PO Box 591, Grayson, KY 41143
ANNEX: 502-564-8100 WORK: 606-474-7263
WORK FAX: 606-474-7638
|2017 Legislative Agenda
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2017 Legislative Agenda
· Maintain or Increase Funding for Elementary & Secondary Education in the Context of State Tax Reform JCPS supports comprehensive tax reform that diversifies and stabilizes revenue streams for the Commonwealth, that encourages robust economic growth, and that is fair and equitable, including for poor and working families. As changes to the tax structure are being contemplated, the General Assembly should ensure that the revenue generated is sufficient for elementary and secondary education funding to be maintained or increased particularly in light of rising costs and relatively flat funding for education.
· Develop and Implement Innovative Assessment & Accountability Models in the context of the development of a new state assessment and accountability system, aligned with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, JCPS supports legislation to permit the development and piloting of innovative alternative assessment and accountability models to reduce the time devoted to statewide testing, and that measure student content mastery, critical thinking, and the capacities and dispositions necessary for success in life.
· Legislation Regarding Charter Schools
If the General Assembly acts to implement charter schools in Kentucky, JCPS believes that the legislation should incorporate national research-and-evidence-based best practices developed through the experiences of states with similar schools.
Note: At the January 10, 2017, Board Meeting, the Board will consider specific policy provisions for charter school legislation based on best practices to recommend to tile General Assembly.
· "Red Tape" Reduction
JCPS support efforts by the Governor and the General Assembly to reduce or eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulatory and statutory requirements on school districts, and to streamline required processes and procedures to increase effectiveness and efficiency, while maintaining appropriate oversight and controls on the management of schools and districts.
Approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education, 12-13-2016
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2017 Legislative Policy Positions
· Oppose Use of Public Funds for Non-Public Schools
JCPS endorses legislation that enhances and promotes public education, and opposes the use of public dollars to support programs that fund non-public schools, such as vouchers or tuition tax credits.
· Reform CERS State Pension Statutes that Address "Pension Spiking"
JCPS supports legislation that maintains statutory provisions for the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) to prohibit intentional "pension spiking" and eliminates the penalty paid by districts when a pre-retirement increase in compensation is legitimate, and is not an attempt to inappropriately inflate retirement benefits.
· Retain Local Control of the School Calendar
JCPS supports the position of the Kentucky School Boards Association to support continued local decision making regarding school calendars, and opposes any legislation that would take away community-by-community flexibility on issues of start dates, breaks in the school year, and other issues tied to the academic calendar.
· Permit a School District to Receive Daily Tax Receipts (Less Fee) from the Tax Collector
JCPS supports legislation to amend KRS 160.510 to permit a district board of education, if it chooses, to receive tax receipts (less collection fee) on a daily basis from the tax collector, rather than on a once per month basis.
· Permit a Board of Education to Meet in Closed Session to Discuss Terms of a Superintendent's Contract
JCPS supports legislation to amend the Open Meetings statutes to permit a local board of education to meet in closed session to discuss the terms of a superintendent's contract.
Approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education, 12-13-2016
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2017 Legislative Position on Student Assignment
· Retain Local Control Over Student Assignment
JCPS supports keeping the responsibility for student assignment to schools with local school boards, and strongly opposes legislation that would reduce or eliminate local control of student assignment. If legislation is enacted that requires any local school board to change its current student assignments, the legislation should also provide that the additional expense to the school district will be paid with state General Fund appropriations.
2017 Legislative Position on Student Assignment.docx
Summer in Kentucky has been in keeping with tradition – hot and hotter. Despite the sweltering temperatures, I hope you are enjoying all the wonders of summertime in the commonwealth.
As I have been making the most of the season, I have tried to meet with many of you as I travel around the district and the state. Talking with you one-on-one gives me a broader insight into your concerns for you, your family and your neighbors and your dreams for our state as a whole. Along with talking with many of you, I have also been getting insight into issues we may address during the 2017 Legislative Session at our interim joint committee meetings. A summary of some of those meetings in July and topics we have covered follows below:
The Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education discussed the academic pursuits of students attending Kentucky's colleges and universities. The Council of Postsecondary Education noted that when looking at the state's two-year and four-year institutions from 2005 − 2014, the top five fields of study producing degrees and credentials were: (1) Trades, (2) Health, (3) STEM (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), (4) Arts and Humanities, and (5) Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The subcommittee also received a report on the amount of student debt acquired by students attending postsecondary institutions in the commonwealth. In 2014, Kentucky college students had the 32nd lowest amount of student debt among all states, with an average baccalaureate debt of $25, 939. The debt average is expected to be noticeably reduced by two new programs in Kentucky. The Dual Credit Scholarship Program will allow high school students to take two courses per year or up to nine credit hours over a lifetime at a cost of only one-third of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) in-state hourly tuition rate (i.e. approximately $52 per college hour). In 2015, only 26% of high school graduates in Kentucky finished school with dual college credit (Iowa leads the country with 56% of their high school graduates having dual credit upon graduation). The Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship Program, which will go into effect in July 2017, will assist Kentucky students primarily through federal and state grants to attend their first two years of college debt-free.
The Interim Joint Committee on Education heard from Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who emphasized that of employers surveyed their number one need is for employees to possess “soft skills.” Soft skills include such attributes as attendance, drug-free, dress, teamwork, and communication. Employers say that too many prospective employees lack these necessary attributes. Secretary Heiner also noted that the workforce participation rate in Kentucky is too low. The workforce participation rate is defined as the number of able-bodied citizens between the ages of 21-65 who are able to work. In 2015, Kentucky ranked 46th in the nation among all states in workforce participation rate. In actual numbers, this means there are currently 130,000 able-bodied Kentuckians who for one reason or another choose not to work.
Health and Welfare
The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare discussed Benefind, a one-stop shop program designed to assist applicants seeking benefits such as food stamps, medical cards, and disability payments. When Benefind initially rolled out on February 29 of this year, there were some problems with the system. For instance, there was an erroneous dismissal of recipients from benefit eligibility. Some of the reasons for this and other problems were that the trainers themselves were not familiar with the Benefind system and the pilot projects used as part of the training were insufficient.
However, the focus of the Health and Welfare Committee meeting was on KyNect, Kentucky's nationally renowned health care exchange. Governor Bevin has indicated that he intends to dismantle KyNect by the end of this year. KyNect has two components: (1) a traditional health insurance option for those residents who are unable or unwilling to obtain health insurance through their employment, and (2) health insurance provided for those in poverty who otherwise cannot afford such insurance. This second component has commonly been called Medicaid Expansion.
Governor Bevin has proposed retaining Expanded Medicaid, but substantially revising this health care program through a Section 1115 waiver application requiring approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In particular, Governor Bevin is asking that all non-disabled adults pay a premium to obtain insurance based upon their income in relation to the federal poverty level (note: the federal poverty level for a single individual in Kentucky is $11,750.). Individuals who fail to make their premium payments will lose their health care coverage for six months and can only re-enroll after six months by paying two months of missed premiums plus an additional month's premium to re-start. In addition, Governor Bevin's waiver requests eliminates dental and vision coverage for the Expanded Medicaid population. This population will only be able to receive these generally covered benefits through participation in a separate program. Furthermore, the waiver request adds a community engagement condition for recipients; that is, individuals will be required to work up to 20 hours per week in some undescribed service activity. This community service condition comes on top of the individual's job requirements plus any family responsibilities and duties. Presently, 485,000 Kentuckians are receiving health care coverage under the Medicaid Expansion component of KyNect. Witnesses testifying before the Health and Welfare Committee, such as the Foundation for A Healthy Kentucky, expressed concern that Governor Bevin's waiver application, if approved, could result in a loss of health care access to many Kentucky residents. Pregnant women are the sole class excluded from the category of non-disabled adults.
Economic Development, Labor and Tourism
The Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development, Labor, and Tourism met in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum, which opened in September 1994. Seated on a 55-acre campus, the museum attracts over 220,000 visitors annually, making it the fourth most popular auto museum in the world. A motorsports park with two road courses was added to the museum in September 2014.
As some of you may recall, the museum experienced a sinkhole on its location in February 2014 that resulted in major damage to eight corvettes. Fortunately, there were no human injuries. The museum today has fully recovered from the damage to its facilities. The National Corvette Museum estimates that it yields a $50 million economic impact statewide.
The General Motors Assembly Plant in Bowling Green manufactures the Corvette. The plant has approximately 1 million square feet and is located on 212 acres. With just over 1,000 employees, the plant operates one shift Monday through Friday to manufacture four different models of the Corvette. Approximately 65,000 visitors pass through the plant annually. In all, the Corvette Plant generates $3.5 billion dollars in economic impact to the Commonwealth each year.
I hope you -- like myself – are enjoying the dog days of summer despite the heat. We are fortunate to live in a state and in a country where we can weatherize our homes and workplaces to cool down in summer and heat up in the winter. However, I would like to remind you, if you know someone whose health is at risk because of the heat and his or her inability to cool his or her home, contact the Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette County at 859-233-4600. The agency will loan air conditioners to families and individuals whose health are threatened by the high heat and humidity as verified by their doctors.
As always, thank you for your continued support. Your input is vital to my work in Frankfort. If I can be of assistance to you or you wish to bring an issue to my attention, please do not hesitate to email me.
Wishing you and your family all the best,
Reginald L. Thomas
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ALEC is not a lobby group; it is not a front group.
It is much more powerful than that.
Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state lawmakers the legislative language that directly benefits their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills.
Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the nation—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.
ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. They are unmatched in enriching their corporate underwriters at the expense of everyone else.
Click here to see a short video that helps explain what ALEC is.
Join us in calling on all Indiana lawmakers to #DumpALEC and end their membership with ALEC! We’re rallying on Wednesday, July 27 at 3:30 pm EST at the statehouse in Indianapolis. RSVP here to join us for2016 Indianapolis ALEC protest: https://www.facebook.com/events/1045848722172515/
|Judge temporarily blocks Bevin's changes in workers' comp commission
Judge blocks changes in workers’ comp commission; Bevin says court ‘erred’
Temporary injunction was sought by labor unions
Bevin says court erred and he is considering a possible immediate appeal
Case raises questions on ‘the limits on the governor’s powers’ on boards, commissions
By Jack Brammer
A Kentucky judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order abolishing the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission and then re-creating it with new members.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said his temporary injunction sought by labor unions will remain in effect until he issues a final judgment or decides to amend it after an expedited review.
The judge set a June 13 hearing to set a schedule for an expedited hearing.
Eric M. Lamb, a Louisville attorney for the labor unions, said a temporary injunction “was a primary objective of ours and indicates the governor doesn’t have the power he thinks he does.”
Ched Jennings, a Louisville attorney who helped the unions with the litigation, said Shepherd “has identified the issues whether a governor can completely replace a commission with terms and whether he can rewrite the statutes.”
Bevin’s press secretary, Amanda Stamper, said, “We are confident that the circuit court erred. The governor’s counsel is looking at available legal options, including a possible immediate appeal.”
Stamper said the Bevin administration is “surprised and disappointed that the court has ruled against the governor’s utilization of clear statutory authority to end pay-to-play politics, bring more partisan balance and eliminate the systemic stranglehold of a few individuals by reorganizing the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission.”
She said the power that Bevin is using has been used by previous governors 357 times in the last 25 years, including 103 times during the administration of previous Gov. Steve Beshear.
“Three years ago, this same judge ruled that former Gov. Beshear could use the statute at issue to create Kynect out of thin air, and yet today ruled that Gov. Bevin cannot use the same statute to create a new Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission.” (Kynect is a health-insurance exchange that Bevin is trying to dismantle.)
The judge, in his 16-page order, said the case “raises important issues concerning the scope of the governor’s reorganization power, and the limits on the governor’s powers to replace duly appointed members of boards and commissions who serve for a set term of years established by statute.”
He said the primary legal question to be addressed is whether there are any limits to the governor’s power to make a wholesale removal and replacement of an executive branch agency with commissioners who were appointed to serve a term of years.
Closely related to that question, Shepherd said, is whether the governor, through executive order, may effectively amend statutes.
Shepherd said the power of a governor to enact a reorganization is broad, “but whether the governor can effect a wholesale firing of duly appointed state officials serving in offices with a term of years, through the guise of an administrative reorganization, is a power that has never been upheld by case law, even if such a tactic has been commonly employed by past governors.”
The judge noted that Bevin submitted to the court an affidavit from J. Brooken Smith, chief of staff to Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey, that said several members of the nominating commission had made political contributions and had served multiple terms.
Smith said Bevin had “called for an end to ‘pay-to-play’ method of governing and that he recommended to Ramsey that he recommend to Bevin the replacement of commission members.
“While this proposal may appear to political appointees of Gov. Bevin to ‘reduce the impact of party politics,’ it may equally be viewed as vastly increasing the impact of party politics by giving the incumbent governor unbridled discretion over the appointment of all members of the commission,” said Shepherd.
He said the statute specifically prescribes the role of political party membership in the composition of the commission, “and it is unclear how the governor’s attempt to alter those statutory requirements through an executive order is related to ‘economy, efficiency and improved administration’ that is contemplated by a reorganization” under the law.
Shepherd said, “While Gov. Bevin’s goal of changing the political culture and eliminating any form of ‘pay to play’ political appointments is laudable, the power he has asserted could just as easily be misused by the next governor to undermine statutory protections for workers, or employers, and to ‘stack the deck’ of the commission in a manner that would be biased against either workers or employers depending on the political goals of the governor at any future time.”
He said the executive order is “a powerful management tool” that “can be implemented with a sledge hammer or scalpel.”
During a recent hearing on the case, Shepherd compared Bevin’s executive order to a neutron bomb, saying “it destroyed all the people but left the structure in place.”
“It kind of boggles the mind what the potential would be for mischief if there is not some limiting principle,” he said.
Kentucky’s administrative law judges decide whether and how much employers have to pay workers who were hurt on the job. These judges are appointed by the governor, but Kentucky law says the governor can only appoint a judge that has been nominated by the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission.
Last month — with an unprecedented six vacancies to fill — Bevin abolished that commission, rewrote the law that governed it and then re-created it with new members, all by executive order.
Bevin has used that tactic with several boards and commissions, including the Kentucky Racing Commission and the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. But his order reorganizing the nominating commission is the first to be challenged in court. Two labor unions and four injured workers sued Bevin, fearing that his new commission would nominate judges more likely to side with employers at the expense of workers.
Shepherd has ordered the nominating commission not to make any recommendations to Bevin until after the lawsuit is resolved.
The suit was brought by the General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers Local Union #89 (Teamsters) and several union members who have pending workers’ compensation claims.
Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article82495702.html#storylink=cpy
|Final Week of General Assembly
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Senator Julie Raque Adams
The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative and bipartisan budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.
Governor Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.
The compromise budget appropriates $973 million to the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), an additional $186 million to the Kentucky Employee’s Retirement Systems (KERS) and $125 million in the form of a contribution to the “Permanent Fund,” which will be used accordingly after a mandated external audit of KTRS and KERS.
We invested in the following areas as priorities in the budget:
· $175 million for the budget reserve trust fund;
· fully funding public schools through 12th grade;
· fully funding anti-heroin legislation from 2015;
· raises for Kentucky State Police;
· fully funding Kentucky Educational Television (KET);
· restoring funding to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky;
· preserving the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal;
· and allocating a $5 million bond pool for improvements to Kentucky state parks;
We also passed a two-year road plan which funds the Transportation Cabinet. It includes $280 million for bridge repair and replacement, nearly $300 million for interstate maintenance, $680 million for national highways and $421 million for surface transportation. It includes $2.345 billion in federal funds to cover projects across the state, and several projects specifically for our District 36.
While the budget agreement grabbed the headlines, we continued work on other important legislation during the 60-day session that started in January. As of April 20, a total of 63 Senate bills are now laws.
Some of the Senate’s priority bills that have become law include:
Senate Bill 56 targets habitual drunken drivers. It changes what is known in legal circles as the “look-back period” to 10 years from five years. In other words, if someone is convicted of drunken driving multiple times in a 10-year period, the penalties for the crimes may be increased.
Senate Bill 63 seeks to eliminate a backlog of more than 3,000 sexual assault examination kits dating back to the 1970s. It requires Kentucky’s more than 300 police departments and 120 sheriff’s departments to pick up sexual assault kits from hospitals within five days’ notice from a hospital that the evidence is available, submit the kits to the state crime lab within 30 days, prohibit the destruction of any kits and notify victims of the progress and results of the tests. It also requires the average completion date for kits tested not to exceed 90 days by July 2018 and not to exceed 60 days by July 2020. It currently takes about eight months for a kit to be tested once it has been submitted to the lab.
Senate Bill 216 removes county clerks’ signatures from marriage licenses and allows for only one marriage license form. The new single-form marriage license for Kentucky is aimed at resolving the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of religious objections from county clerks.
Senate Bill 11 is an omnibus alcohol bill that serves to accommodate our thriving bourbon industry by increasing the amount of bourbon that can be sampled and sold on distillery tours. Another section of the bill allows Kentucky microbreweries to double their annual production levels to 50,000 barrels and small farm wineries to double their production to 100,000 gallons.
House Bill 40 allows convicted felons to clear some offenses off their records after serving their sentences. Five years after that sentence ends, they could then pay a fee and have the courts consider removing the offenses from their records. Without a felony record, they could also seek to restore their voting rights. It does not apply to perpetrators of violent or sex crimes.
House Bill 428 amends Kentucky’s dog-fighting ban to also make it illegal to promote the practice. HB 428 makes the owning, possessing, keeping, breeding, training, selling, or transferring of dogs intended for use in fighting a felony punishable by one year to five years in prison. In legal parlance, it makes it the “furtherance” of the act of dog fighting illegal in Kentucky – the 50th state to do so. However, it distinguishes farmers who use animals to protect their livestock from people who fight dogs for a sport. The measure would not apply to hunting dogs, dogs that guard livestock, service dogs, or companion dogs.
Some issues not taken up by House Democratic leadership included right-to-work, repealing of prevailing wage on school projects, medical review panels, judicial redistricting, moving of constitutional elections to even-numbered years, implementation of charter schools, and reform to allow teachers to set their own educational standards. I will continue to fight for these important issues in the future, but when all was said and done, I was still pleased with what we accomplished in 2016. I sincerely appreciate you taking your time to make your voice heard in the legislative process, and I also deeply value the opportunity to serve as your State Senator in Frankfort.
While this legislative session is over, the work in Frankfort continues. To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed. Besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, the interim committees also draft and approve bills for prefiling for the 2017 Regular Session.
You can leave a message for me about this session or the upcoming interim session by logging onto the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) website at www.lrc.ky.gov or by calling the legislative message line at 800-372-7181.
Canvassing times, dates, and locations for KY State AFL-CIO endorsed candidates
The campaigns have provided the following schedule to groups that may want to volunteer to help knock on doors.
Information is attached to this email : (Canvassing Dates for Special elections.doc)
These Special Elections for State House are on MARCH 8th
Louisville Breakfast Fundraiser, For Special Election candidates
with the Louisville State House Delegation (invitation attached : LouisvilleFR-invite7.pdf)
this Saturday, Feb 27th
at UAW 862 Union Hall
3000 Fern Valley Rd
RSVP if you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org
GLCLC, General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, March 15th
3000 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY
GLCLC, Social Media Class (Flier is attached : Social Media Class.Flier.pdf)
Friday, April 15th
3000 Fern Valley Rd
This event is to open union staff, members, and workers. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
|Matt Bevin Address
AFCSME’s Preliminary Response to Governor Bevin’s Proposed Budget
I am sure you all watched with anticipation as Governor Bevin gave his budget address to the legislature. His presentation was both promising and worrisome.
The entire budget structure centered on Governor Bevin’s top priority: to address the financially crippled Kentucky Retirement System (KRS). Many of AFSCME’s members participate in KRS through both KERS (Kentucky Employees Retirement System) and CERS (County Employees Retirement System). As has been widely publicized, KERS (the non-hazardous fund to be specific) is currently the most underfunded pension fund in the country; and, overall KERS is only about 20% funded leaving about a 9 billion dollar shortfall. Governor Bevin called for a thorough outside audit of KRS prior to articulating a detailed solution but we expect him to recommend switching all new hires to a defined-contribution 401(k) style plan rather than the current defined-benefit one. While we agree with Governor Bevin that funding KRS must be one of the legislature’s top priorities, we are vehemently opposed to any structural changes to the plan. Defined benefit plans not only provide stable retirements for workers (in a defined contribution plan the risk is assumed by the employee and subject to market whims whereas in a defined benefit plan the risk is pooled by the assets of the entire plan and it is professionally managed), there is evidence that they are cheaper to administer.
Otherwise, the main funding solution to the pension crisis is by saving money through deep spending cuts. As the Governor pointed out himself, the proposed budget is very austere. It calls for 9% cuts to most all government agencies (4.5% for the rest of this year since we are already midway through the fiscal year). While we applaud the Governor for exempting certain agencies such as SEEK and the Department of Veterans Affairs, these deep cuts prevent any pay raises for our members and will also surely lead to lay-offs. Additionally, it is questionable whether public austerity budgets actually do more harm than good to the economy.
The budget is not only a huge 330 page document, it is a process that will play out in the upcoming weeks as the House and Senate attempt to come together to approve a final version of it. We will be closely reviewing the entire budget document and monitoring the negotiations and will keep you updated as the situation unfolds.
Governor Bevin began his address by repeating the old Golden Rule adage ‘treat each other the way you want to be treated.’ So, in the meantime, please join us and contact your legislators and cabinet secretaries and tell them how you want to be treated by describing how important your job is to you and your families as well as the importance of your defined-benefit retirement plan.
|Greg Stumbo - flipping the house
Greg Stumbo plays starring role in Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC video focused on flipping the house.
cn|2: A group which played a pivotal role in the re-election of Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now setting their sights and their dollars on the state House.
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership have reformed their mission to flip the state House to GOPcontrol. The group released their first web ad of the election season on Wednesday with a message to Republicans to flip the state House. Democrats have controlled the lower chamber since 1921.
The web video released on Wednesday features a heaping helping of House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s Nov. election night speech to fellow Democrats following the loss of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway.
“Democratic control of Kentucky’s state house has stifled progress here for too long,” said Kent Westberry, Chairman of KSL’s Board of Directors in a press release. “Our intention is to do as much as we can to deliver control of the Kentucky House to a conservative Republican majority that will break the policy logjam that exists under Speaker Greg Stumbo.”
The group went on to thank Stumbo for “tagging every Democrat running for state House as a Member of the ‘Party of Obama,’ and as candidates who ‘believes in the core values’ that Obama represents.”
Westberry continues by saying that he hopes Clinton comes to Kentucky and helps state House candidates just as much she helped former McConnell challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014.
The video makes special mention for Republicans to vote in the four March 8 special elections. Those races represent the possibility of tying the House in membership if the Republicans win each of the four elections. Currently Democrats hold 50 seats to Republicans 46.
KSL Senior Advisor Scott Jennings spoke to Pure Politics about the ad, and he said the group does not intend to participate in any primary races in 2016, but they will play a major role in the fall election.
With the Republicans fielding 91 challengers in 100 races the group will have to be strategic with how they dole out their dollars.
“This is the biggest field we’ve ever had in terms of targeted races,” Jennings said.
According to an analysis of their campaign finance records by Pure Politics the group has $539,060 in two campaign accounts that they have been quietly been adding to since the 2014 Senate race.
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