matt caslinDAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (1/10/20) — The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, who performed an extraordinary rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" and our National Anthem.

As with the early stages of any session of the General Assembly, some procedural measures were in order. The Senate Majority has listened to feedback from our constituents and have prioritized several pieces of legislation that are hopeful of passing this session. Those bills, among others, were assigned to their respective committees this week. Committee hearings begin next week and provide the public an opportunity to hear about the legislation.

Bills must be presented at a public committee meeting and passed with a majority vote before heading back to the Senate to be voted on by the entire Senate body. If the bill is approved by the Senate, it heads to the Kentucky House, where the same process occurs. Bills that are passed by both chambers are submitted to the Governor for his approval.

A bill that I have filed and that I feel is important to Kentucky is Senate Bill 81. The bill would protect Kentucky dairy farmers by prohibiting deceptive labeling of products that do not meet the definition of “milk” as defined in Section 1(b) of the bill. It is important that the Kentucky legislature promote honest marketing of food products for consumers and do all we can to support local Kentucky Proud agriculture.

The proverbial legislative elephant in the room for the 2020 session is, of course, the General Assembly's duty to pass a balanced two-year budget and two-year road fund plan. My colleagues and I in the Kentucky Senate Majority are working diligently with members of the Kentucky State House in preparation for this crucial responsibility. I look forward to continued discussions on this matter throughout the coming weeks.

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.

Note: 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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