Chamber News

Jan 12, 2017

Chambers host Regional 2017 Legislative Meet & Greet


On Thursday, January 12, 2017 the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Hazard/Perry County, Letcher, Paintsville/Johnson County and Southeast KY Chambers of Commerce, hosted a “Legislative Meet and Greet” at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. This event was a collaborative effort by the chambers to give the community an opportunity to speak personally with local legislators and discuss issues for the upcoming 2017 Kentucky General Assembly.

Chambers host Regional 2017 Legislative Meet & Greet

On Thursday, January 12, 2017 the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Hazard/Perry County, Letcher, Paintsville/Johnson County and Southeast KY Chambers of Commerce, hosted a “Legislative Meet and Greet” at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. This event was a collaborative effort by the chambers to give the community an opportunity to speak personally with local legislators and discuss issues for the upcoming 2017 Kentucky General Assembly.

 The legislators attending the event were Rep. John Blanton (R-Knott, Magoffin and Pike County), Rep. Larry Brown (R-Floyd and Pike County), Rep. Chris Fugate (R-Harlan and Perry County), Rep. Chris Harris (Martin and Pike County), Rep. Angie Hatton (D-Letcher and Pike County), Sen. Brandon Smith (R-Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin and Perry County), Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D-Floyd, Harlan, Knott and Letcher County), and Rep. Jill York (R-Carter and Lawrence County).

With the first month of the 2017 Legislative Session completed, each legislator discussed their experiences and what they plan to accomplish during the session. The main focus was bringing jobs back to the region and attracting industry to our area. Harris focused on the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act, a bill he is working on that will incentivize investment in rural Kentucky. York spoke about helping the economy through promoting outdoor recreation and tourism development through HB 156, a bill sponsored by Fugate, Brown, Blanton, York, Hatton and others that would establish the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority. The legislators also gave their support for creating a veteran’s nursing home in Magoffin County and completing the Mountain Parkway expansion.

Although the legislators covered a wide range of topics, they were all excited to work together to improve the region. “We are a commonwealth and one of the greatest ones that’s ever been,” Smith said. “We’re going to try things we haven’t tried in a while and get this thing in gear.” He also encouraged the community to connect with their local legislators. “Make these men and women work for you,” he stated.

The Legislative session will reconvene on February 7, 2017. For more information on each legislator and the bills being considered in the 2017 legislative session, visit www.lrc.ky.gov.