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Healthcare, festivals and back to school

Brandon Smith State Senator

October 21, 2013

Between annual legislative sessions, the interim committee meeting schedule gives us as legislators more flexibility to be in our districts to visit with constituents and hear about ongoing concerns, as well as learn about any new issues that may need to be addressed.


Over the last few months, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit with community members across our district on important issues being discussed in Frankfort like the upcoming budget session, transportation projects, education initiatives, as well as the growing concerns over healthcare reform and the attack on coal mining.


Living in Appalachia, it’s difficult not to favor the fall season over the rest of the year. Our mountains with their changing trees provide a beautiful reminder of how lucky we are to live in such an amazing place. During this season, I have a chance to participate in the annual fall festivals across our district that celebrate the heritage that makes our communities so distinct, and indeed, make Kentucky such a wonderful place to live and raise our families.


From Perry County’s Black Gold Festival to Leslie County’s Mary Breckinridge Festival to Johnson County’s Heritage Days, and more, these festivals are traditions in our communities that families, including mine, have enjoyed for generations. Whether you go for specialty treats like funnel cakes, or to hear great bluegrass and gospel music, or to see the parade floats, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time in your own backyard, so to speak. From a broader perspective, these festivals are important tourism events that have a positive impact on our local economy. Additionally, they create a sense of community pride and fellowship that is priceless.


Also during this interim period, I’ve headed back to school – this time to teach – as part of the “America’s Legislators Back to School Program.” Over the school year, I will be visiting classrooms across the district to teach students about the legislative process and give them a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a legislator. I’m excited to be a part of this nationally sponsored program to help bring civics to life for our young people.


I look forward to seeing you in the district, as well as in Frankfort, any time. My door is always open. Please contact me toll free in Frankfort at 800-372-7181 or via email at brandon.smith@lrc.ky.gov.


Senator Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) represents the 30th District including Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, and Perry Counties. He is the Majority Whip; the Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee; and a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee, the Committee on Committees, the Legislative Research Commission, the Rules Committee, and the Transportation Committee.