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Hello. I’m Paul Hornback, and I am honored to be your new state Senator, representing Carroll, Henry, Shelby and Trimble Counties, as well as part of Jefferson.
You may be wondering how this has happened, especially since my friend, Senator Ernie Harris, has served you well, so let me explain. After each U.S. Census, it is the Constitutional duty of the state legislature to realign voting districts according to population shifts. This week, we did just that as the Senate and the House passed legislation that drew new district lines.
While it’s never easy to draw new districts, the Senate plan had input from both the majority and minority caucus. It was of particular concern to the Senate that each district be treated fairly, with no incumbent having to run against the other, no precinct split, and as few counties as possible divided. Now, our districts across the state fulfill the requirement of one person, one vote. Keep in mind, the federal court still has to rule on the constitutionality of both the Senate and the House maps, but the Senate is confident its map will pass constitutional scrutiny.
Rest assured, I will work hard to represent your needs in the Capitol. I was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 2010. I currently serve as chair of the agriculture committee and co-chair of the tobacco settlement agreement fund oversight committee. I am a member of the government contract review committee, the transportation committee, and act as a liaison member of the budget review subcommittee on transportation. I live in Shelbyville and am the father of two daughters, Stephanie (Ray) and Amanda (Matt). I look forward to hearing your concerns and to sharing with you the important issues that are being debated and voted on in Frankfort.
Although redistricting was of primary importance this week, the Senate and House leaders decided to consolidate the Interim Joint Committee meetings for the month of August with the Special Session in order to use your dollars most wisely. Some of the issues presented to the interim joint committees include testimony on the various uses of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, including the development of weather tracking drones through the University of Kentucky NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs that may one day allow scientists to know sooner when a tornado or earthquake will strike.
Additionally, we heard testimony on the impact of Kentucky’s oil and gas industry on the state’s economy. Lastly, it was good to get a report this week from the Kentucky State Fair Board on this year’s successful fair. As always, it is good to get more information on important issues that might affect the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The work of the interim committees will continue as we move into fall. Your input is invaluable, so please contact me toll free in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can follow the legislative proceedings at www.lrc.ky.gov.
State Senator Paul Hornback