Kentucky General Assembly In Recess

The 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, which began last Tuesday, is in recess.

Lawmakers will return on February 1st. Gov. Beshear was asked how he feels about the way Senate Republicans rushed their agenda through the first week of the 30-day session, which is usually reserved for organizational duties.

“I find it interesting that on the one hand some of the senators feel very strongly about passing a bill to give the legislature 48 hours at least to consider budget matters and that kind of thing and I guess on other bills they don’t need 48 hours because they’ve been rushing these bills through.” he said.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he asked committee chairs to study the bills sponsored by Senate Republicans, to see if they want to discuss the measures in committee during the break. Twenty-six days remain in the session, which adjourns 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.