Lawmakers Returning To Frankfort; Beshear To Speak Tuesday

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort for tomorrow’s resumption of the 2011 General Assembly.

First up is the State of the Commonwealth address, which Gov. Steve Beshear delivers to a joint session of the legislature tomorrow night. After that, the House begins looking at a host of Republican-backed bills approved by the Senate before the session went into recess. House Majority Caucus Chair Bob Damron promises the bills will get fair consideration.

“Well, the House always looks and reviews whatever our colleagues in the Senate pass and send to us. So, we’ll be taking those bills up and looking at them. The House on the other hand actually has what we believe a better solution to immigration reform than what the Senate’s version is.”

Other topics covered in the Senate-approved bills include reform of the state’s antiquated tax code, charter schools, government transparency and Medicaid fraud. Twenty-six days remain in the 30 day session.

WFPL will simulcast KET’s broadcast of the governor’s speech starting at 7:00pm Tuesday.

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.