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COLUMN: Senator asks citizens to share their views on current issues

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by Jimmy Higdon | State Senator

As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.
In order to gain your perspectives on a variety of issues, I invite you to share your opinion on priorities and concerns. It is important to me to hear about issues that you and your families who live in my districts deal with on a daily basis.
I have provided a survey covering important topics the General Assembly may consider during the 2014 Session. Please take the time to review it, answer the questions, and return it to:

Senator Jimmy Higdon
204 Capitol Annex Building
Room 003
702 Capitol Ave.
Frankfort, KY 40601

I thank you for your time and your effort in completing this survey, and please feel free to make copies to give to your family and neighbors. The more feedback I receive, the better I can represent you.
If you should ever need to contact me, do not hesitate to call my office in Frankfort at 502-564-8100, or my home at 270-692-6945. I am honored to be your state senator, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
(Circle your answer.)

1. Do you support pro-life legislation?
Yes No Undecided

2. Should we eliminate the death penalty in Kentucky?
Yes No Undecided

3. Do you oppose the use of eminent domain by the Bluegrass Pipeline?
Yes No Undecided

4. Do you support charter schools?
Yes No Undecided

5. Do you support school vouchers?
Yes No Undecided

6. Do you support modernizing Kentucky’s tax code?
Yes No Undecided

7. Should Kentucky pass legislation protecting against junk lawsuits?
Yes No Undecided

8. Do you support a constitutional amendment allowing casino gaming in Kentucky?
Yes No Undecided

9. Should Kentucky pass laws to create stiffer penalties for trafficking in heroin?
Yes No Undecided

10. Should Kentucky pass legislation to allow voters in cities to pass a sales tax of as much as 1% to fund major local projects?
Yes No Undecided

11. Should Kentucky be a right-to-work state?
Yes No Undecided

12. Do you support prevailing wage?
Yes No Undecided

13. Do you support the Affordable Care Act?
Yes No Undecided

14. Do you support Common Core?
Yes No Undecided

15. Do you support next generation science standards?
Yes No Undecided

16. Should Kentucky promote technology providing for cleaner burning coal?
Yes No Undecided

17. Do you support legislation requiring voters to present photo ID to vote?
Yes No Undecided

18. Do you support legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana?
Yes No Undecided

19. Do you support restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have completed the terms of their sentence?
a. No
b. Restore automatically after sentence
c. Offer them a way to apply to have rights restored.

20. Would you support legislation to expunge minor felony convictions after 10 years if no other violations have occurred?
Yes No Undecided

21. Do you support a statewide smoking ban?
Yes No Undecided

22. Do you have suggestions for any other legislation that should be passed or changed? (Attach these comments on a separate sheet of paper and mail in with the survey.)