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Today's Opinions

  • Children have been focus of week in Senate

    Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.

    The national organization, Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky.

  • Budget talks continue

    This week has been a flurry of activity in Frankfort, with the ceremonial signing of the first pro-life bill in 12 years, legislation dealing with economic development, and continued work on the budget and pension reform.

    On Thursday, Governor Bevin held a ceremonial signing for SB 4, the informed consent bill, at the statewide “Rally for Life” held in the capitol rotunda. I am proud to stand for life at all stages, and our whole caucus will continue to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

  • Bill would raise legal smoking age to 21, would include vaping

    A bill headed to the House of Representatives would prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine vaporizing products to Kentuckians younger than 21, rather than the present age of 18.

    The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-4 for House Bill 299, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson.

  • Citizens need info on the Zika virus

    Like many Kentuckians, I’m concerned about the Zika virus and the growing number of reports of people infected. In a recent meeting with President Obama at the White House, I raised the spread of this virus and what it could mean for Kentucky and the country as we head into warmer weather this spring and summer.

  • Hometown heroes

    Last week, the Spencer Magnet featured the story of former Taylorsville City Police Chief Toby Lewis, who helped rescue a local teenager after her car landed in a creek late on a Friday night.

    Lewis, and a local nurse who also happened on the scene, were both heading home on different routes than usual. The timing of their arrival, and the fact that Lewis just caught a glimpse of the teen’s car’s reflector is evidence of a Divine hand in the rescue.

  • Drafting our daughters

    A White House directive recently ordered the armed services to open up combat positions to women who wish to pursue them. Against the advice of many senior military advisors, President Barack Obama has been intent on pushing this agenda that could very well weaken our military’s ability to perform at maximum ability.

  • Higdon cites latest events in Senate

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Signing of informed consent bill signals progress

    For those who value life at every stage across the Commonwealth, this week produced another major victory in Frankfort. Following House passage of the informed consent bill last week, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed with the changes to SB 4, which the Governor immediately signed.