U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage today of legislation to reauthorize Coast Guard operations to support the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every single day. This important legislation also includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which will benefit Kentucky and its 13,000 maritime jobs.
“America calls on our Coast Guard to protect our ports and coasts, to safeguard the shipping lanes that enable American commerce, and to stem the tide of illegal drugs before they reach our shores,” Senator McConnell said. “By passing this bipartisan legislation, the Senate fulfilled an important promise to some of the brave men and women who have taken an oath to keep us safe. Aspects of this legislation are particularly important to states like my home state of Kentucky – the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system.” Continue reading Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs
State Representative Kelly Flood pre-filed a bill today to better protect state legislative employees from sexual harassment. The bill prohibits legislators from using taxpayer dollars to settle harassment complaints while assigning sexual-harassment oversight to the non-partisan, publicly-regarded Legislative Ethics Commission.
“This move would ensure that legislators are not policing ourselves,” the Lexington legislator said, “and that we have a timely, fair process for reporting and investigating sexual harassment on the job within our branch of government. We need to build a safer environment for all employees who work in and around the Kentucky General Assembly.” Continue reading Rep. Flood Pre-files Bill on ‘Defining Issue’ Facing Legislature: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Its Own Ranks
Paradise, California and Berea, Kentucky are 2,363 miles apart but the ongoing wildfire tragedy has shortened the distance between the two communities. Former Berea City Utilities Director Ed Fortner, who was also one of the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency’s original board members and the former Vice President of Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association, recently took the position of District Manager for Paradise (CA) Irrigation District. The PID delivers water to approximately 10,500 municipal and residential/commercial customers. Continue reading KENTUCKY CONNECTION TO PARADISE WILDFIRE INSPIRES DONATION EFFORT
In a bipartisan move designed to help more coal miners suffering from black lung, state Reps. Angie Hatton and Robert Goforth pre-filed legislation today to roll back the sections of a new law that significantly limit the number of state-certified doctors eligible to diagnose the debilitating disease.
“At a time when we’re seeing a spike in black lung, especially in Eastern Kentucky, many legislators unfortunately decided to make it much tougher for miners in these cases to qualify for the workers’ comp benefits they deserve,” said Rep. Hatton, a Democrat from Letcher County. “I’m proud to reach across the aisle and work with Robert as we try to remove this punitive measure. I’ve seen first-hand what these miners have to live with; they need our help.” Continue reading Reps. Hatton and Goforth pre-file bill to repeal section of workers’ comp law harmful to those with black lung
Berea city residents can still get a two percent discount on their city property taxes if they pay by November 30. After that deadline, property owners pay face value, while those paying after December 31 will accrue a penalty of 10 percent, plus 10 percent interest per Annum if the bill is paid after the 31st.
The City of Berea sent out tax bills last month, and with the opening of the Berea Municipal Police and Fire Safety Building, customers now have more convenient options for settling their account. The drive-thru service window at 212 Chestnut Street is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while the 24-hour drop box is located beneath the service window in the drive-thru. If you are paying taxes for several properties, or if you don’t have your tax bill card with you, it is requested that you come into the Finance Department in the municipal building to avoid blocking traffic in the drive-thru. City offices are closed on November 12, 22, 23, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Continue reading Nov. 30th the deadline to receive the City of Berea property tax discount
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unanimously re-elected today by his Senate Republican colleagues to serve as Senate Majority Leader for the 116th Congress. Following the vote, Majority Leader McConnell said:
“I am grateful to my colleagues for again placing their trust in me. As Majority Leader, I set the Senate’s schedule and agenda. Therefore, I have and will continue to consistently choose to prioritize legislation and nominations that will directly benefit the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I am proud of our incredible record of achievement. Working with President Trump, we have made the last two years the most productive in moving our country right-of-center since I came to Washington. Continue reading McConnell Re-Elected Senate Majority Leader
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
“I thank Jeff Sessions for his dedicated service as Attorney General. Throughout his career, as a prosecutor, a Senator and as Attorney General, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the rule of law and his love of our great nation. I wish him well and look forward to working with him in any future endeavors.”
Last Sunday city and community leaders met at Berea City Hall to suggest ways to tackle what many believe is a growing problem in Berea: homelessness.
The discussion was moderated by Emily LaDouceur, a Berea City Council candidate and organizer of the group Coalition to End Homelessness – Berea. Others in attendance included Berea Mayor Steven Connelly, mayoral candidate Charles Arnold, Berea city councilman and mayoral candidate Bruce Fraley, and Berea City Council candidate Vincent Gwin. Continue reading City, community leaders address issue of homelessness
Recently, we’ve seen several examples that when the far left doesn’t get what it wants through the democratic process, it resorts to intimidation and mob tactics. This tendency was on full display during the debate over the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Senators and their families were targeted by the mob at their homes, at airports, and in their cars. They received threatening phone calls and letters. Death threats spiked. These were not efforts to engage in civil discourse or to persuade peacefully – these were simply efforts to intimidate. Continue reading Sen. McConnell op-ed: Protest at Louisville restaurant didn’t ruin my meal