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Today's Opinions

  • Final weeks of session looming ahead

    FRANKFORT – With the final weeks of the session looming, we are all too aware of the short timeline and the many important pieces of legislation, including the state’s budget, that we still need to move through the process before session ends.

    This week marked the 10th week in an already historic session in terms of the number of bills before the General Assembly. During this 60-day session, there were 937 bills filed with 309 originating in the Senate. This total is the most since the 1,030 filed in the 2008 session.

  • New Senate bill would allow savings accounts for disability expenses

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly crossed another mile marker this week by reaching the deadline for the introduction of new bills in the state Senate.

    With this deadline passed, we now have a more complete view of the issues lawmakers will take up this year. The bills address a mix of familiar issues and new problems. Some attempt to assist our citizens with disabilities while others address crimes perpetrated with technology our founding fathers could only imagine. Some measures drew bipartisan support while both parties vigorously debated others.

  • Letter to the editor | More reason to vote for Carson

    On Saturday, March 5, Owen County Republicans will vote at the only location of the Owen County Republican Caucus, the Lighthouse Church, 5405 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton, between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States.

    At this point, there are five candidates: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Donald Trump.

  • Recent Senate legislation would provide additional death benefits for first responders

    FRANKFORT – Now that we are in the second half of the session, we will see some of the legislature’s biggest issues – like the state’s biennial budget – brought to the forefront. For us, this means late nights and hard decisions as we work to reach a consensus on the most fiscally-responsible way to keep our state moving forward.

  • Seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marks halfway point

    The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session and saw the passage of a contested education measure that would change the evaluation method of the Kentucky Academic Standards.

    Critics have characterized the current standards as bureaucratic burdens that have kept teachers from teaching. Furthermore, the standards were misaligned with student assessments.

  • Senate week in review: Celebrity sighting at the state Capitol

    A celebrity sighting in the state Capitol as an award-winning Hollywood actress shared her passion for early childhood education was a highlight of the sixth week of the 2016 General Assembly.

  • Davis will serve as N-H student correspondent

    BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    Hello, everyone. My name is Makenzie Davis and I am a senior at Owen County High School. I’m excited to join the News-Herald team as the High School Correspondent for the remainder of the school year.

    Check for my articles and pictures every week to see what’s going on in the high school through the eyes of a student: in-school events or activity highlights, organizations and club featurettes, and spotlights on succeeding students.

  • Senate week in review: New bill targets habitual drunken drivers

    The major task of the General Assembly this session is to pass a $20 billion financial plan to carry Kentucky through the next two years. On Tuesday, the governor will present his budget recommendations through a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate.

    While state senators wait to receive the general and transportation budget bills, they have used the first three weeks of the 2016 General Assembly to pass a series of other bills. This allows for discussion on those bills before the budget debate overshadows the remaining weeks of the session.