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Sen. Ridley, Rep. Bechler present grant to Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation on Arts Day

KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 15, 2013

On Feb. 13, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. Checks were presented to organizations awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership operational support grants by the arts council in July 2012.

On Feb. 13, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. Checks were presented to organizations awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership operational support grants by the arts council in July 2012.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — State arts leaders gathered Feb. 13 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.

Sen. Dorsey Ridley and Rep. Lynn Bechler presented the Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation with a check for $2,392 for a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2012. The funding awarded to Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation is part of $1.7 million the arts council awarded to 104 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2013 fiscal year.

“Kentucky is fortunate to have excellent arts organizations in every region of the Commonwealth that provide arts experiences to audiences in their communities and visitors alike,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The state arts agency is proud to partner with Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation to ensure the arts are made available to all Kentuckians.”

KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.

For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/Event_ArtsDay.htm.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Representative Lynn Bechler Files Bill That Would Ban Legislator Pay in Special Session

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House Bill 266 would apply if General Assembly fails to pass budget in regular session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 8, 2013) – Representative Lynn Bechler, R-Marion (4th District) announced today he filed his first bill as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. House Bill 266 if passed would ban legislative pay in a special session if the General Assembly fails to pass a budget.

“When I was elected to public office, I swore an oath to carry out my duty as a State Representative to the people of my district,” Representative Bechler said. “During my campaign to seek the privilege of representing the 4th House District, I committed to work diligently to be a good caretaker of our citizens’ tax dollars, and this legislation is a step in that direction.”

House Bill 266 deals with budget sessions, which are normally held in even-numbered years as 60-day sessions. Representative Bechler’s proposal is that if the House and Senate fail to reach a consensus on a two-year budget for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and if they are called into Special Session by the Governor to pass a budget legislators would not receive any pay for the length of that session.

“Last year the General Assembly was forced into special session after failing to pass a transportation budget during the regular session, costing taxpayers more than $300,000 for the five-day session,” Bechler added. “In this time of financial crisis in the Commonwealth, it is simply wrong that we as legislators should be paid when we fail to do our most important job: pass a budget.”

House Bill 266 was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 7th.

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