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News Outlook March 18, 2021 11 COMMUNITY SENATDII BRANDON I. STOBM'S lEfllSlA'l'lIiE lll'lliI'l'E Only four legislative days remain of the 2021 30-day Session of the Kentucky General As- sembly. With the end in sight, fellow lawmak- ers and I are wrapping up legislative efforts by passing meaningful legislation in the clos- ing days. The General As- sembly needs to pass most bills by Tues- day, March 16, so that enough time is left to consider any veto over- rides that may be nec- essary. The legislature will recess on Tuesday, March 16 and will re- convene on Monday, March 29. During the recess period, the Gov- ernor will have time to consider bills that have arrived on his desk. He may sign them into law, allow them to become law without his signa- ture, or veto them. Two days of the session will remain upon lawmak- ers' return at the end of the month, as we are re- quired to conclude the session before April 1 per the Constitution of Kentucky. Those two days will provide the legislature time to pass additional legislation and override potential vetoes. The governor's most recent vetoes were on Senate Bill (SB) 3 and House Bill (HB) 6. The House and Senate overrode those vetoes last Thursday. They become enacted law upon their filing with the Secretary of State’s Office. SB 3 moves the Gov- ernor’s Office of Agri- cultural Policy under the Kentucky Agricul- ture Commissioner’s Office's jurisdiction. This bill has been intro- duced a couple of times in the past and under both a Republican and Democratic governor. In the Governor’s veto message, he argues that the bill is uncon- stitutional because it gives the Agriculture Commissioner author- ity to appoint members of the Kentucky Agri- cultural Development Board and the Agricul-' tural Finance Corpo- ration. This argument becomes a 'moot point because SB 3 statutori- ly detaches the boards from the Governor's Office and places them under the Office of the Agriculture Commis- sioner. The legislature normal business hours. Public Notice An ordinance amending the Menifee County budget for fiscal year 2021, to include unanticipated receipts and to increase expenditures for the Road. ‘ LGEA, Federal Grants, Parks, Sanitation District Operation, and 911 Funds which totals $304,788.40 was adopted by the Menifee County Fiscal Court on March 10th, 2021. a copy of the adopted ordinance with full text is avail— able for public inspection at the olfice of the county judge executive during "This advertisement was paid for by Menifee County Fiscal Court using taxpayer dollars in the amount of $32. Published in the Menifee County News Outlook on 03.18.21 has the sole authority under the Constitution of Kentucky to reform law. Moving these criti- cal boards under the Commissioner of Ag- riculture's authority streamlines our efforts to strengthen Ken- tucky agriculture and help our farmers. The office’s official role is to promote interests of agriculture and hor- ticulture, agricultural revenues, and the pro- tection of Kentucky’s livestock industries. HB 6 gives teeth to an already existing leg- islative committee that would become the Leg- islative Oversight and Investigations Commit- tee with the passing of this bill. It codifies sub- poena powers, provides the committee with the ability to maintain the confidentiality of in- vestigative documents, and imposes fines on those in non-compli- ance with the commit- tee’s efforts. Other bills that are now with the Gover- nor for consideration included a bill I was proud to be the prima- ry sponsor of, SB 133. Additionally, 5B5 12, 71, 93, 141, 168, and more were delivered to the governor. Some of these were outlined in my previous legisla- tive updates. You can find more about all of these and the numer- ous other bills nearing their,v:ay,rtqthe gover- nr'ir’s” desk by'I‘Vi‘siting" legislature.ky.gov. I was honored to give my first testimony be- fore a House commit- tee on behalf'of SB 215, which I also sponsor. It establishes an office of safety within the Office of the Secretary of the Kentucky Transporta- tion Cabinet. The bill passed the House on Friday and was sent to the governor for his consideration. Additionally, I am proud to sign on as a co-sponsor of SB 237 with my colleague Da- vid Yates. The bill has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. It is smart on crime mea- sure to allow a court to waive fees for people who are simply inca- pable of paying them. Judges would be able to make these determina- tions on a case-by-case basis. I am happy to support this measure, and I appreciate Sena- Federal Universal Service Charge Increase Effective April 1 . 2021, the Federal Universal Service. Charge (FUSE?) on your bit: wilt increaseas a result of an increase in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) universal service fund contrit‘miion factor frnn'a 318% to 33.4%. The FUSC is calculated in accordance with FCC ruies by appiying the. new contriimticn factor of 33.4% (0.334) to the charges for interstate services. The federal universal service fund helps to ensure access to affordnbie communications services in i'xerri-io~serve rural areas of the United States. if you have any questions re- garding the FUSC, please. contact the. at 1~888-22."~ 5322 or email: fccinfo@fcc.gov. ‘u" ‘ a, s G?) ’3 V‘Qfiéixi‘} Mountain 'i'aiephona Feud?de Crwfwraliw tor Yates for bringing a bipartisan bill forward and working with me on this legislation. Significant steps were taken regarding the one-year State Bud- get this past week. Last year was the first year in our state’s history that a one-year budget will be passed. We are required to do so again this year. Biennial budgets, or two-year budgets, are tradition- ally enacted in even- numbered years, the 60-day regular sessions of the General Assem— bly. As the budget was being crafted last year amid the pandemic's onset, legislators did not know what the eco- nomic outlook or state revenues would be. It was determined to pass only a one—year bud— get with so many un- knowns, then return to the 30-day session this year to pass another. Out of an abundance of caution, this year’s budget will look similar to last year’s budget. The 2021 Budget Conference committee met to publicly review and discuss decisions regarding the Gover- nor, House, and Senate budget proposals. The committee consists of House and Senate Majority and Minority Leadership and Appro- priation and Revenue Committee Chairmen of ’ both“ "Chambers. The Governor’s State Budget Director, John Hicks, visited with the Budget Conference Committee. He pro- vided some insight into “The American Res- cue Plan Act of 2021,” which Congress cently passed. It appears around $5 billion in various forms of aid will be provided to the state and indi- viduals here in Ken- tucky. This includes stimulus payments and extended unem- ployment funding. Our state government will receive approximately $2.4 billion and lo- cal governments $1.6 billion, respectively. While this is a signifi- cant investment for our state, we must remem- ber these are one-time dollars. Once utilized, they are gone. The re-- General Assembly will take a responsible and conservative approach to using state revenues as we continue to work through a time of un- certainty. You can find the archived video of budget conference committee meetings by visiting ket.org/legisla— ture/archives. I know many still suf- fer from the impact CO- VID—19 has had on our physical and emotional health and our econ- omy. A recent report from the Kentucky Ed- ucation and Workforce Development Cabinet shows that our state unemployment rate more than doubled to 6.6 percent during the , pandemic and econom- ic shutdowns. Accord- ing to the Director of the University of Ken- tucky’s Center for Busi- ness and Economic Research, the report’s lumbers likely do not reflect the true mag- nitude of the impact the last year has had on the jobless rate and unemployment. Be- tween March and April of last year, unemploy- ment spiked to almost 17 percent. We are still feeling the effects of the influx of claims as the Labor Cabinet con- tinues to struggle to process them. Constituents are still sharing frustrations with legislators, indi- cating that they cannot Connect with anyone at the Labor Cabinet to assist them with their claims. Unfortu- nately, the unemploy- ment claims process is solely an executive branch function. I want to personally thank the fantastic Legislative Assistants and Legisla- tive Research Commis- sion (LRC) staff who are doing their best to field the thousands of calls from constituents, taking down informa- tion, and forwarding it. They genuinely are un- heralded assets to our state. However, the bot- tom line is that mem- bers of the legislative bfanch, including staff, do not have access to the unemployment system to process a claim or even view its status. Ultimately, au- thorized staff within PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR BID PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that the Bath Co. Fiscal Court is soliciting bid propos- als from parties interested in building a salt storage bin at the Bath County Road Department located at 624 Kendall Springs Road, Owingsville, Ken— tucky. Building specifications are as follows: 30 x 40 x 24' with 12' tall poured concrete walls or 6' blocks, metal siding and roof, 6" concrete floor and open on one end. For questions, please contact Bath Co. Judge Executive Bobby C. Rogers at 606-674-6346. Bid proposals must be sealed and delivered to the Bath Co. Judge Executive, 19 East Main St, PO. Box 39, Owingsville,‘ KY 40360 by 4:00 pm. Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids or any part thereof and make awards in manner deemed to be in the best interest of Bath Co. The Bath Co. Fiscal Court is an equal oppor- tunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability. “This advertisement was paid for by the Bath County Fiscal Court using taxpayer dollars in the amount of $40.” Published in the Bath Coun News Outlook on 03.18 03.25 of 2021. City of West Liberty Employment Opportunity The City of West Liberty will be accepting applications for a full time class II, III, or IV Certified Water Treatment Operator. Applicants must possess a high school diploma (or equivalent); valid Kentucky driver license, submit to a pre-employment drug screening, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Requirements include ability to work all shifts, weekends, and holidays. Duties include performing daily operations and maintenance activities associated with operating the water treatment plant, general grounds keep- ing, making chemical adjustments, record keeping, etc. The City of West Liberty offers an excellent benefit package in- cluding; Health, life, and ,dental Insurance, retirement, paid vacation, paid sick leave, and uniform allowance. Applica- tions may be obtained at the City Hall Administrative Office, Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For more informa- tion, call 606—743-3330. Position open until filled. The City of West Liberty is an equal opportunity employer. the Kentucky Labor Cabinet will have to get through the backlog of claims that still ex- ist. Requests for assis- tance with your claim are best directed to the Labor Cabinet. The leg- islature has done all it can to assist, such as recently passing SB 7, which gives the Secre- tary of the Labor Cabi- net authority to for- give requirements that people pay back ben- efits mistakenly given to them and that they did not qualify for. Ad- ditionally, last year, the legislature offered the assistance of 100 LRC volunteers to help with unemployment claims, but that offer was de— clined. I encourage you to keep in good spirits. I am hopeful that with a decline in COVID-19 cases, regional unem- ployment offices will reopen soon for in- person appointments. Please take a moment to visit the Kentucky Career Center website at kcc.ky.gov to View phone appointment availability. Appoint- ments may be sched- uled at telegov.egov. com/LC_UI. If you are among those who qualify for the most recent stimu- lus checks, you can view the status of yours by visiting irs.gov/ coronavirus/get-my- payment and clicking on the blue “Get My Payment” tab in the middle of the page. It is essential that you know the' IRS will use the most recent tax re- turns to determine who is eligible for the new stimulus, so if you have been unemployed, had a child, or lost income in 2020, you should file your taxes as soon as possible. Based on early information, it ap- pears that citizens who have a banking account on file with the IRS will receive their payments first. Due to an IRS er- ror, some stimulus pay- ments from earlier this year were first sent to people’s tax prepara- tion companies they used to file their taxes. This. caused a lot " of confusion, and the tax, preparation companies such as H&R Block and TurboTax had to pro- 7adacco 70W ANNUAL FARM MACHINERY CONSIGNMENT AUCTION W, W 2m and 9.30 M 4m Eat a; W. K7; 75.5. 60 Consignments accepted Wednesday thru Friday week of sale — AM PM Progressive Commission Rates: Up to $50 20%, $50-$ 1000 10%, MOW-$5000 6% $300 MAximum Charge ~$10 Minimum - $10 No Sale Fee TERMS: Cash or Check Day of Auction. Buyers unknown to management or agents will need a Bank Letter of Credit to Lisa Rogers Realty. All Items Sold in theirAS-IS WHERE IS CONDITION without warranty Expressed or Implied! Agents are no responsible for Accidents, Lost or Damaged Articles, Consignor is responsible to make rejection of bid at time of sale. Announcements Day of Sale Take Precedence over ALL Previous Announcements Covid Restrictions DUE TO COVlD-19 VIRUS, TO COMPLY WITH 030 AND ' COUNTY HEALTH Piggy/3:3“ DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES, FACE MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE v PRACTICED. I g n . . E I. n I I. Eastern Kentucky Tobacco Warehouse 606-784-7374 Arch Johnson 606-568-1009 Bobby Rogers 606—336-0575 cess millions of checks. Hopefully, this will not occur again, but as you watch for your pay- ment, please keep this in mind. I continue to keep those impacted by re- cent weather events in my prayers. It has been inspiring to see communities and the whole state come 'to- gether to support those in need. Please remain patientas assessments of damage are done by the state to determine our unmet needs. Once preliminary damage as- sessments are conduct- ed by federal, state, and local officials, the Governor can submit a declaration request to the regional Federal Emergency Manage- ment Agency (FEMA) administrator. The president can decide whether or not to grant it. It is a real honor to represent Laurel, Jackson, Estill, Pow- ell, Menifee, and Bath Counties in the Ken- tucky State Senate. If you have any questions about these public pol- icy issues or any other matter of importance to you, do not hesitate to contact my office toll-free by calling 502- 564-8100. You can also email me at brandon. storm@lrc.ky.gov. Stay safe. God bless. Senator Brandon J. Storm (R-London) rep- resents the 21st Dis- trict, which encompass— es Bath, Estill, Jackson, laurel, Menifee, and Powell Counties. Sena- tor Storm is the Vice Chairman _of the Senate Transportation Com- -mittee and serves as Chairman of the En- rollment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Economic Develop- ment, Tourism, and Labor; State and Local Government; Banking and Insurance; and the Budget Review Sub- committee on Human Resources. Addition- ally, Senator Storm is a member of the Statuto- . ry Committees on Pro- gram Review and In- vestigations; and Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory. D E No Sale Conducted By LISA ROGERS REALTY 1261 West Highway (ill. megswlle. KY 40360 ' (606)6742590 urt .. _, oqersrealty mm Bobby Rogers ~ Plinclpal ALll Illllll‘r—‘HI Rle Rogers Principal Am {mm-w Vernon Slamper 7 Principal AIII.II(III r L.W. 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