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KENTON DISPATCH CENTER TO EXPAND SIZE, SERVICES

With more cities preparing to follow Covington to the consolidated county dispatch system, more room will be needed:

Kenton County Fiscal Court members accepted a bid to expand the current county emergency dispatch center during a special meeting at the Kenton County Fiscal Court building in Covington.

The 2,700-square-foot expansion will give the Kenton County Dispatch Center at 11777 Madison Pike in Independence its own building, separate from the Kenton County Police Department, and will provide enough space for additional employees as the county dispatch covers more cities.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Amy Scalf

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STATE REP. KEENE APPOINTED VICE CHAIR OF BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE

Democratic leadership in the Kentucky House of Representatives appointed Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) vice chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. “This is another step forward for Northern Kentucky,”Keene said in a news release.  “As a member of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, Campbell County and Northern Kentucky will have solid representation when road dollars are discussed."

Keene remains vice chair of the House Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee. He was also re-appointed Chairman of House Licensing and Occupations Committee.

“These assignments will be of great value to my constituents and business community in Northern Kentucky as we strive to keep taxes under control and grow our economy even in these tough times,” said Keene.  “I call myself Campbell County’s Tax Relief Watchdog and I will continue to take that role very seriously.”

STATE SEN. CHRIS MCDANIEL WEIGHS IN ON FIRST WEEK OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill, who represents northern Kenton County) writes about his first week as a senator in Frankfort:

One of the items that I was pleased to see was a spirit of bipartisanship. The Commonwealth is facing challenges of epic proportion. We cannot solve those challenges without members from both sides of the aisle who are willing to tackle them and make tough choices. Through a full-senate luncheon and a new member breakfast with the governor, we were able to begin to forge relationships that will allow us to avoid the partisan gridlock that has held us back for so long.

This week, I was proud to co-sponsor bills relating to making our health insurance system more effective for our citizens, refusing the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, and refusing to establish federally-mandated exchanges. While we want good access to healthcare for all of our citizens, the ACA is simply a money pit that will only serve to sink our state and nation deeper in debt. Further, I co-sponsored legislation limiting the amount of debt our state can issue and allowing military veterans with firearms training to be exempt from training classes for concealed-carry permits.

I was proud this week to honor a campaign promise by refusing to accept my legislative pension. Further, I co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that will eliminate legislative pensions entirely. While this is a small step, it is a necessary one. The number one challenge facing our Commonwealth is the crisis in our pension systems. The funding required for the systems is, simply, unsustainable. Our critical services from education to mental health to public safety are being dramatically impacted because of the pension crisis. We will have to make tough choices this session that will impact this state’s employees and future employees and I know that change must start with me!

Read more: Chris McDaniel

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EDUCATION:

COVINGTON, JEFFERSON CO. SUPERINTENDENTS SUPPORT ATTENDANCE INITIATIVE

Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Jackson joined Jefferson County (Louisville) Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens have signed on to the "Attendance Works" initiative:

The campaign defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason, excused or not excused.

Attendance Works says that as early as pre-K, chronic absence can predict poor attendance and academic performance in later years. By the time students reach sixth grade, missing that much school is a leading indicator the student will drop out of high school.

More: Associated Press

STATE POSTER CONTEST FOR FIFTH GRADERS State Police (PDF)

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW KY Dept. of Education

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