Kentucky Lawmakers To Begin 2011 Session

Gavels sounding the start of the 2011 General Assembly will fall at noon Tuesday in the Kentucky House and Senate.

This is a so-called short session, lasting only 30 days. It’s divided into two parts. The first part, which lasts four days, is usually when lawmakers elect new leaders, make committee assignments and approve House and Senate rules.

But this year, Senate Republicans plan to take quick action on a host of bills, including tax and pension reforms, and send them to the House.

After Friday, the session goes into a three week recess, but committees can still meet to discuss bills.

The session officially resumes on February 1st, at which time lawmakers begin passing legislation in earnest. They’ll work until March 7th, and then take a 10-day veto recess.

The session resumes on March 21st and concludes on March 22nd.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.