August 22, 2014

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Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly

Rep. McKee presenting a resolution to retiring University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean M. Scott Smith is attached.  Rep. McKee, at center right, and Dean Smith are flanked in the back by other legislators on the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee.

In some ways, the end of a legislative session is not much different from the final weeks of the college basketball season: Both take months of preparation and teamwork to be successful; and both are at their most exciting as the clock winds down.

That proved to be the case last week as the House and Senate looked for common ground on a wide variety of issues with only a handful of days remaining to meet.

Some of the legislative session’s most pressing issues have already been signed into law.  Last month, for example, many of our four-year public universities were given the authority to begin building more than $360 million worth of projects.  On Tuesday last week, Gov. Beshear signed into law House Bill 217, a needed update to last year’s far-reaching legislation that is cracking down on prescription-drug abuse.