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Monday, January 4, 2016

Northern Kentucky Legislators to Discuss the 2016 Legislative Session

Chris McDaniel. LHL. 
For the seventh consecutive year, the Northern Kentucky Forum will host a panel of General Assembly delegates representing our Northern Kentucky region on Wednesday, January 6th at the Campbell County Administration Building, Fiscal Court Chambers.

How do you communicate with your elected representatives in Frankfort?  Join us for an overview of how the General Assembly plans to represent the interests of their constituents during this year’s legislative session.

RELATED: FTM Radio Podcast interview with Sen. Chris McDaniel. 

The panel will include Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Kenton), Representatives Arnold Simpson (D-Kenton) and Representative Addia Wuchner (R-Boone). McDaniel’s position as Chair of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee has the potential to bring more dollars from Frankfort to Northern Kentucky. John David Dyche longtime political columnist at The Courier Journal, now writing for the opinion section at will moderate the discussion.

Northern Kentucky Forum Board Chair Carla Landon explained, “2016 should be an exciting time for our legislators.  Our annual focus on the General Assembly provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to understand the issues and have an opportunity to interact with legislators.

The 2015 General Assembly saw over 200 bills introduced in just the first week and many Northern Kentucky issues were among the first presented to the Assembly. 2016 promises to be just as, if-not-more exciting.

With a new governor, the Democratic House majority in flux, a budget session and many Northern Kentuckians representing in Frankfort, this promises to be an action packed session with many issues of great importance to our state and our region up for discussion. Legislative priorities are being set throughout the state as communities, lobbying agencies, Chambers of Commerce and labor unions determine and communicate their positions for the 2016 session.

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Across the board, one issue that will to be discussed at length will be Kentucky’s Pension issue. The legislature needs to determine a long term funding solution for the various Kentucky retirement systems, all of which are underfunded. This topic has the potential to affect budgeting for everything else the state does. “Dealing with our state pensions will take first priority and I’m confident that the House, Senate and Governor’s office will work together to come up with a real and palatable solution," explained McDaniel.


The Northern Kentucky Forum’s “Look Ahead” will mark one of the few opportunities voters will have to reach their delegates before they head to Frankfort.

WHAT: A Look Ahead at the 2016 General Assembly

WHEN: January 6th, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM

WHERE:   Campbell County Administration Building
        Fiscal Court Chambers
        1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY 41071

Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP visit:

Join the conversation and take our poll ahead of time:

Rep. Arnold Simpson (D), House District 65 (Kenton)
Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), Senate District 23 (Kenton)
Rep. Addia Wuchner (R), House District 66 (Boone)

John David Dyche – Longtime political columnist at The Courier Journal, now writing for the opinion section at


About the Northern Kentucky Forum: 

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

1 comment:

  1. Supporters of Ft Thomas Schools need to know whether these members of the General Assembly support Gov. Bevin's position on Charter Schools. Presently, Gov. Bevin believes that money for charter schools should come from the existing KY Department of Education budget and therefore impact districts such as Ft. Thomas. Presently, Ft Thomas and other public schools are in a position that cannot afford any cuts in funding.