COLUMN: New senator introduces himself to the community

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By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

Hello, I’m Jimmy Higdon, and I am honored to be your new state Senator for Spencer County.
You may be wondering how this has happened, especially since my friend, Senator Paul Hornback, 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, respecting the will of the voters by not pairing elected legislators, by not splitting precincts and dividing as few counties as possible.
Rest assured, I will work hard to represent your needs in the Capitol.  I was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 2009 during a Special Election after having served in the House of Representatives.  Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting each of my counties and look forward to getting to know you better.  In the meantime, please know I have a very open door policy of legislating - feel free to call my office or home any time.  It is my hope we will have a smooth redistricting transition and will be able to hit the ground running in our efforts together.
While the focus this week was redistricting, there were other important issues being discussed as well.  To save taxpayers’ dollars, we held the interim joint committee meetings for the month of August during this one week, too.  Some of the issues presented to the committees include testimony on the various uses of drones and unmanned aeriel 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.  As always, it is good to get more information on issues that might affect you.
Again, I appreciate your input, so please call me in Frankfort toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or my home at 270-692-6945 if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.  Remember, you can visit the Kentucky Legislature Home page at www.lrc.state.ky.us  for more information on committee assignments, meeting schedules and more.
Note: Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) represents the 14th District including Casey, Marion, Nelson and Spencer Counties, as well as part of Jefferson County.