Senate report from Frankfort
by Stan Humphries, Kentucky Senator, District One
Aug 28, 2013 | 291 291 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After each U.S. Census, it is the Constitutional duty of the state legislature to realign voting districts according to population shifts. This week, we did just that as the Senate and the House passed legislation that drew new district lines. In doing so, the General Assembly fulfilled the requirement of one person, one vote.

While it’s never easy to draw new districts, the Senate plan had input from both the majority and minority caucus. It was of particular concern to the Senate that each district be treated fairly, that we respected the will of the people by not pairing elected legislators, that no precinct was split, and as few counties as possible divided. I am pleased the Senate passed a fair plan.

The district I am honored to serve, District 1, is now comprised of Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. I will continue to work hard to represent your needs in the Capitol. As in the past, I look forward to hearing your concerns and to sharing with you the important issues that are being debated and voted on in Frankfort.

At the same time, I am saddened to no longer officially represent the people of Carlisle County, as I have developed a close personal relationship with many of them. Carlisle County will be in the 2nd District, represented by Senator Bob Leeper.

Keep in mind, the federal court still has to rule on the constitutionality of both the Senate and the House maps, but the Senate is confident its map will pass constitutional scrutiny.

While the issue of redistricting took center stage this week, there was more going on in Frankfort. The Interim Joint Committee meetings for the month of August were consolidated with the Special Session in order to conserve taxpayer dollars. Some of the issues presented to the interim joint committees include testimony on the various uses of drones, including the development of weather tracking drones through the University of Kentucky NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs that may one day allow scientists to know sooner when a tornado or earthquake will strike. Additionally, we heard testimony on the of Kentucky’s oil and gas industry on the state’s economy. Lastly, it was good to get a report this week from the Kentucky State Fair Board as this year’s successful fair. As always, it is good to get more information on issues that might affect the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The work of the interim will continue as we move into fall. Your input is invaluable, so please contact me in Frankfort toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 with any issues or concerns. More information on the Kentucky General Assembly is available online at www.lrc.ky.gov.

Senator Stan Humphries (R-Cadiz) represents the 1st District including representing Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. He is the Chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, as well as the Vice-Chair of both the Education Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Agriculture Committee.
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