Members of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce met with local state legislators Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, and Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, to talk shop over eggs, bacon and biscuits Saturday morning.
Damron and Buford spent about an hour fielding questions from audience members and offering their perspectives on what to expect from the upcoming 60-day legislative session, which will begin in January. About two dozen people filled the multipurpose room at the Jessamine Career and Technology Center for the event.
Damron said this time right before the session begins is merely the “quiet before the storm” as the legislators prepare to work with a list of proposed bills. He thinks redistricting the state will be the “600-pound gorilla in the room” when the session opens.
Both Damron and Buford said they would be advocating for Jessamine County to stay in the 6th Congressional District.
Buford said he doesn’t anticipate much chatter about tax reform but believes the idea of casino gambling could make its way to the surface of conversation with a push from Gov. Steve Beshear.