Sen. Jimmy Higdon honored to serve as Senate President Pro Tem

01/03/2018 06:38 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, is beginning his first year as President Pro Tem, replacing Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, who stepped down from the position.

Higdon got a taste of leading the Senate during Tuesdays opening day session and Givens admits that there is a lot to remember when it comes to procedure.

“We’ve had a dry run and some practice sessions, but actually being up there and looking out into the Senate gallery, and the bright lights shining back at you, it is different even though we’ve practiced it a few times, but I’m excited for the opportunity,” Higdon said.

While Higdon admits that he will continue to work on following the proper procedures, he is truly honored that his fellow senators chose him to fill the position.

“It’s one of two positions in the Kentucky State Senate that’s elected by the entire body so not only did my colleagues in the Senate majority vote for me, the Democratic caucus also voted for me, and so it’s a real honor to be elected Senate President Pro Tem,” Higdon said.

Even though the House sexual harassment allegations have been a considerable distraction in the chamber, Higdon says that the Senate will continue to carry on with their business.

“We pretty much have our priorities and we pretty well know that we have to pass a pension plan, we know we have to pass a budget, and also we know we have a road plan that we have to pass,” Higdon said. “We’ll just take it one day at a time. We’ve gotten through two days, fifty-eight more to go.”

The next thing on the horizon after pensions, the budget, and the road fund, is tax reform.

Higdon says there is chance that tax reform could be dealt with during the 2018 session, but it would have to come after the other three issues are dealt with.

“The sales tax growth has not kept up with the economy, we simply have to change that,” Higdon said. “Use to, we collected millions and millions of dollars of sales tax on computer programs, now those are all purchased over the internet and downloaded, and we collect no sales tax on those when we used to collect millions, and millions, and millions of dollars in sales on those things.”

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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