Category Archives: 2013 Legislative Session

Senate bill 97 graduation  hi resThe 2013 session of the General Assembly ended in April with strong bipartisan support for major initiatives to create jobs, support education and public protection. Legislation was passed to make government more accountable to the people of the Commonwealth.  We agreed to a plan to support the pension system for public employees without raising any taxes.

Legislative Accomplishments

Transparency in Government

House Bill 1 will provide the public better oversight and transparency regarding   the public of state’s 1,200-plus taxing districts that collect revenue from the taxpayers.

Ohio River Bridges
House Bill 441 was a very important bill I sponsored to help secure financing for the Ohio River Bridges project.

Pension Reform

The House and Senate came together to pass bipartisan reform that includes easing the public pension debt and reforms for new hires to strengthen the state pension program.


Legislation was passed to allow microbreweries to sell malt beverages produced on the premises to individual retail consumers, promoting small business and tourism.

Pharmacy Access

Senate Bill 107 levels the playing field for small business and independently owned pharmacies and iimproves pharmacy care for consumers.

Bonding for Higher Education

House Bill 7 was passed that will allow agency bonding for higher education projects for Kentucky’s universities to allow them to move forward with capital projects.


The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 50 to authorize the production of industrial hemp, providing the framework for job creation, as well as a potential new revenue source for Kentucky’s farmers.  The Federal Government still must lift the current ban on hemp cultivation before Kentucky can move forward.

Military Voting

Legislation was passed to make voting easier for Kentuckians serving overseas in the military.  The new law will allow members of the armed forces and their spouses serving abroad to register to vote by absentee ballot electronically.

Graduation Bill

The General Assembly reached a compromise on Senate Bill 97 to keep children in school to complete their education. The new law will allow school districts to raise the high school dropout age to 18 and could require the change statewide in a few years.

Human Trafficking

Governor Beshear signed House Bill 3 into law to will strengthen enforcement against the fast growing crime of human trafficking.

Prescription Drug Bill Cleanup

The General Assembly passed new legislation to cleanup issues with the sweeping prescription drug abuse legislation that passed during last year’s special session.

Child Pornography

House Bill 39 was signed into law making viewing of child pornography a criminal offense.


Although not enacted by the Senate, the House passed a redistricting plan in House Bill 2 that more fairly aligns legislative districts with the changing population demographics.

Honoring Fort Motor Company

I was honored to sponsor a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company building cars and trucks in Louisville, which has been a significant part of the economic, social and cultural heritage of the City of Louisville.

Looking Ahead to Next Year

Next year the General Assembly will enact its next budget and I will continue to work for jobs, education, protection for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens, and to keep our state on solid financial footing.

If there is anything I can do to help the citizens of House District 46 relative to state government, I am always available to help. Visit my website for information or to contact me ( Click the Contact Us link for phone numbers and e-mail.  Please always include your address and e-mail address so that I can add you to my newsletter mailing list.  The General Assembly will continue to work during the interim months. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.


AT&T Kentucky President Mary Pat Regan recently wrote the newspaper to take issue with a CJ editorial questioning the company’s crusade to achieve “communications modernization” in Kentucky. “Communications modernization” is nothing more than a euphemism for communications deregulation, a concept the results of which, if implemented, cannot be guaranteed to best serve the interests of… Continue Reading

The Kentucky General Assembly has finished this year’s regular session with the enactment of pension reform legislation, together with funding that will help restore solvency to the retirement system.  The compromises made to pass the bills have left the various stakeholders concerned about whether the General Assembly did the right thing for public employees, retirees… Continue Reading

With just two final days remaining in the 30-day legislative session of the General Assembly, following is a report of legislation status and passage as of March 12, 2013. Number of bills filed:   House: 457; Senate: 216 Number of House bills just through the House:    111 Number of House/Senate bills passing both chambers:… Continue Reading

This week in Frankfort, the House of Representatives passed pension reform legislation both to protect and allow for future solvency of the public pension program.  Following are highlights of this legislation: · It DEDICATES recurring funding to help the state pay off the long-term liability of our public pensions. ·It DOES NOT require any increase… Continue Reading

Frankfort – The Kentucky House of Representatives voted unanimously today for two bills House Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsored to address concerns with Medicaid managed care and to update last year’s law targeting prescription drug abuse. “Taken together, these bills will improve our healthcare system by making some common-sense changes and clarifications,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. … Continue Reading

Number of bills filed:  House: 457; Senate: 216 Number of House bills just through the House, as of Feb. 21: 72 LAW HB 7: LETS MANY FOUR-YEAR PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES USE THEIR MONEY TO BUILD OR RENOVATE FACILITIES. •          This approves 11 projects on eight public four-year universities, which will use their own revenue to cover… Continue Reading

2013 marks the 100th year of Ford’s presence in Louisville Representative Larry Clark honored Ford Motor Company with a resolution on the House floor honoring the 100th anniversary of manufacturing in Louisville.  A recognition ceremony will be held at the Kentucky Expo Center on Friday, February 22nd where the company officials will be presented with… Continue Reading

The General Assembly is taking a closer look at industrial hemp and its potential economic impact for Kentucky during this year’s legislative session.  Several states have introduced hemp production legislation but very few have been passed.  I am sharing information that is available regarding this issue as we move forward in our study and discussions… Continue Reading

On Wednesday the House Committee on Local Government approved House Bill 188, legislation sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, addressing the administration of ethics complaints in Louisville Metro. Ethics complaints in Louisville have been the subject of media reports recently due to two high-profile cases involving members of the Louisville Metro Council.  State… Continue Reading

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