On The Floor

Legislative Session in Review for Counties

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"I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support, willingness and commitment to answer our calls for action."

David L. Nicholson, a lifelong resident of Louisville, Kentucky, was elected Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2012.


Dear Fellow KACo Member:
As the chairman of your 2018 Legislative Committee, I would like to say what an honor and privilege it has been to have served in this capacity this year.

Although the recent legislative session was extremely challenging, some outstanding work was done. A number of important KACo goals were accomplished. I am confident that if all stakeholders remain committed to collaborating in an open and honest manner in the weeks and months ahead, we will continue our trajectory of building stronger counties and a stronger Kentucky.

Our successful results could not have been achieved without the tireless dedication and exceptional efforts of Director of Governmental Relations Shellie Hampton and all of the hard-working KACo team members who represent us on a daily basis, including our executive director, deputy director, legal counsel and public relations office, along with our contract lobbyists and public relations firm.

As you know, we tried some new things this year, and we welcome your feedback on whether or not we executed them with quality or how we might improve them in the future. One new thing that we tried that was highly successful was our two legislative luncheons. We were very pleased that our second one, in the closing days of the session, was extremely well attended as 85 percent of the members of the House of Representatives and a whopping 95 percent of state senators turned out.

Sonya Chesser and Jon Sharp are the two amazing professionals who successfully pulled off these luncheons at the 11th hour. In addition, we could not have done our monthly meetings without the stellar assistance of Dianne Andrews.

On behalf of the Executive Board and all our KACo staff members, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support, willingness and commitment to answer our calls for action via email, phone or text, and then your timely responses to our elected officials through those same communication channels. Beside those efforts, your presence in the Capitol was truly overwhelming, and, as your chairman, I am forever grateful.

In closing, I would like you to know that my fellow executive board member, Elbert Bennett, will be taking over as chairman of the legislative committee this fall. I would bet that he will be more organized than I am and will keep the committee on task better. I hope that you will welcome Elbert with open arms and will continue to contribute to the legislative committee. That's crucial to continuing KACo’s mission. Also, to stay on top of future legislative issues, it is important for the legislative committee to maintain the following:

1) Proposed bills that did not pass this session (whether good or bad for KACo), but may arise in future sessions and

2) Priorities for the future that we can be working on with our legislative partners.

Again, thank you for your commitment to KACo and for the opportunity to have led our efforts in Frankfort.


David L. Nicholson

President, KACo