Senate Majority Floor Leader reflects on 2017 session

04/14/2017 11:02 AM

FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, is calling this year’s regular legislative session the most productive and successful in modern history.

Thayer said the General Assembly passed legislation to promote job growth, strengthen families and education, in an “absolutely out of the ballpark, home-run session.”

In September of 2016, Thayer said Republicans had a good-feeling they would capture the state House and it was at that point they started working on their plan to prepare for their first week of session under total GOP control.

After the Nov. 8 elections, and House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s leadership team was named, the House and Senate began collaborating with Governor Bevin and his chief of staff to plan for the first week of the legislative session.

“That’s when we first came up with the idea of moving a day forward to Saturday. Obviously, it takes five days to pass a bill, and we did not want to leave those bills hanging out over the three week recess,” Thayer said. “We wanted to show the voters, and show the country that we were given an opportunity from the voters and we can get things done.”

Hear more from Thayer on his reflections from the 2017 legislative session in the video below.

Nick Storm

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  • Heza Putz wrote on April 14, 2017 06:51 PM :

    Damon looks a lot better since that red squirrel jumped off his face.

  • Miketrip wrote on April 15, 2017 03:26 PM :

    The Republicans in Washington could learn a lot from their country cousins on Frankfort.

  • GildaT wrote on April 23, 2017 03:31 AM :

    It would have been even better if those bills that passed through committees have been sent to the floor for a vote by all members instead of being sat on by the committee heads. It seems to many of us that sent you folks to Frankfort to do the PEOPLE’S work, that sitting on bills that passed through those committees is a flagrant disregard of the needs of the people of Kentucky. Do the Committee heads need changing, YES, yearly. Many of them seem to get stuck in the mud and in smooching mode. Move them out folks – time for NEW BLOOD!!

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