For immediate release…
Tuesday – Jan. 2, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - What’s ahead as state lawmakers prepare to converge on Frankfort to approve a state budget and consider an array of other issues as well?

The first Northern Kentucky Forum of the New Year will examine that question and offer attendees a chance to interact with a panel of state lawmakers and hear their thoughts on the key issues they’ll face during the 2014 session, which begins on Jan. 7 and is scheduled to continue through mid-April.

The free public forum will be tonight, Jan. 2, at 6:15 p.m. in the University Center Otto M. Budig Theater at Northern Kentucky University.

Over the course of 60 working days, the Senate and House will tackle the state budget first and foremost. But the range of issues they’re also likely to consider include changes to the state pension system, tax reform, education funding, smoking restrictions, gambling, healthcare and funding options for the Brent Spence Bridge.

“A lot of important topics are going to be discussed by our legislators in Frankfort,”  Forum Board Chair Sharmili Reddy said. “We think it is critical for our community to be well-informed on state issues, and so our board has made it a tradition to begin the New Year with a Forum on the General Assembly.”

Journalist Ryan Alessi, host of: cn│2 “Pure Politics,” will moderate this Forum. A portion of the Forum will be reserved for a Q&A with the audience.


  • Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill; he represents the 23rd Senate District, which includes Covington and most of Kenton County’s suburban cities.
  • Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington; he represents the 65th House District, which  includes Covington, Bromley, Ludlow and parts of Park Hills and Fort Wright.
  • Sen.  Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown; he represents the 17th Senate District, which includes Grant and Owen counties in Northern Kentucky and parts of Central Kentucky. Sen. Thayer also is the Senate Majority Floor Leader.

Event Details

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Doors open at 6 p.m. Program is from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Otto M. Budig Theater, University Center, Northern Kentucky University

This event is FREE and open to the public.

FREE in the Kenton Garage.

Not required but requested to

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Take our survey

In advance of the event, Northern Kentuckians are invited to take an online survey. Go to and click the link to the survey. It’s quick – and it adds your voice to the dialogue. You can visit the survey  directly at

About the Northern Kentucky Forum

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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