Retiring Rep. Brad Montell says social media has turned job of a legislator into a full-time commitment

04/27/2016 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, is wrapping up a 14-year legislative career in December, but as he leaves, he says new technology is requiring lawmakers to spend more time working than even before.

Montell, says that even though the job of a legislator is technically a part-time job, the time currently required, thanks in part to social media, have contributed it be being a full- time commitment as far as he is concerned.

“I do think as social media and other news outlets and sources are more and more prevalent, people are more plugged in to what the legislature is doing, perhaps now than ever before,” Montell said. “There’s more accountability, and that’s a good thing. It becomes more and more like a full-time position, even though I don’t think it will ever be that.”

Montell, who is financial advisor in Shelbyville, says that he is most proud of his
“no pass – no drive” bill which required students between the ages of 16-18 years old to have passing grades in order to get a driver’s license.

He’s also advocated charter schools in Kentucky as well as finding a fix for the underfunded state pension systems.

“I think the focus is front and center now on funding our pensions and getting them to a solvent level from funding and a benefit perspective going forward,” Montell said.

Montell is not endorsing a candidate to be his successor.

Republicans Rob Rothenburger and Kendall Law will oppose each other in the May 17 primary. The winner will take on Democrat Cyndi Skellie in November.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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