matt caslinOWENSBORO, Ky. (10/14/19) — Fall is officially upon us, which means the end of the interim is quickly approaching. It is hard to believe that in less than 100 days, the General Assembly will convene at the Capitol for the 2020 Regular Session.

Advancing public policy is one of the cornerstones of the legislative branch. The General Assembly is utilizing this time away from Frankfort to reflect on current structures and better determine which issues should be focused on primarily here in the upcoming session. Several preliminary policy discussions are already underway for 2020, including new measures on education, public safety, economic development, and transportation.

Legislators use this time to meet in groups made up of both Senate and House members called Interim Joint Committees (IJC). Similar to standing committees during the regular session, these meetings are held to introduce new initiatives and policy matters as well as to discuss how current legislation can be improved. Throughout the interim months, committees are hearing from a wide range of constituents, organizational representatives, company officials, and fellow legislators in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the diverse issues facing our Commonwealth.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone that Kentucky is holding elections for statewide offices, including governor, on Tuesday, November 5. The right to cast votes for your democratically-elected officials is one of the great privileges of our society. Please visit Elect.Ky.Gov for information on how to register and where to vote. I strongly encourage everyone go to the ballot box on Election Day and let your voice be heard.

While the interim is slower paced, the General Assembly is gaining momentum for another productive budget session. Thank you for your continued support and for engaging in the legislative process. It is an honor to serve you in Frankfort.

I am thankful for the privilege of representing Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties in the Kentucky Senate, and I welcome constituent comments on issues of importance to you. You can call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov.

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Senator Matt Castlen (R-Owensboro) represents the 8th District encompassing Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties. Senator Castlen serves as the chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, as well as the vice chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture. He also serves as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee; the Natural Resources and Energy Committee; the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee, and the 2020-2022 Budget Preparation and Submission Statutory Committee. Senator Castlen is also a member of the Public Water and Wastewater System Infrastructure Task Force.  

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