Lawmakers Return To Frankfort

The 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly resumes Tuesday in Frankfort.

Lawmakers met for four days in early January, mostly to elect officers, but the Senate also approved a host of bills backed by that chamber’s Republican majority.

In coming days, the Democratically-controlled House will take up the Senate bills, which address issues like immigration enforcement, charter schools, tax reform, Medicaid fraud and government transparency.

Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday will deliver his fourth State of the Commonwealth address since taking office in December 2007.

The governor’s expected to urge lawmakers to raise the state’s dropout age from 16 to 18, and approve his plan for addressing a huge deficit in the Medicaid budget.

Only 26 days remain in the 30-day session, which began January 4th and is scheduled to adjourn on March 22nd.

Published 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.