State Senator Joe Bowen is issuing a weekly letter to the voters in the 8th district. While many of Senator Bowens consitituents get this weekly email, 1490 WOMI will  post it on our website for all to see. The following is this weeks edition.


It is our Constitutional duty every ten years to realign our voting districts according to population after each census. This act fulfills the requirement of one man, one vote.  In this the third week of session, that is exactly what the Senate and House did with House Bill 1. According to tradition, the Senate draws our lines while the House of Representatives decides on theirs. My district changed somewhat with the addition of Ohio County. I will continue to represent Daviess County. (The final congressional district lines are still being discussed between the chambers.) 

On Tuesday, the Governor gave the Budget Address outlining his priorities for Kentucky’s budget. As I have been warning, we have close to a billion dollar shortfall; $742 million to be exact over the biennium. I was glad to see that the Governor took a more realistic approach to the budget this time and didn’t use phantom gambling proceeds to fund programs. He also proposed cutting certain agencies by 8.4%. However, the Governor then proposed about $800 million of additional spending. He is funding new programs and initiatives while applying severe cuts to other parts of government. This does not make sense to many of us in the Senate.

 The House of Representatives has assigned the budget proposal to their budget subcommittees. When they have finished putting their mark on the document and the House passes the bill, the Senate will then have our turn at reviewing and revising the proposal. I will keep you updated on that process. 

We are in a 60-day legislative session so there is still plenty of time to let me know what topics interest you. The heavy workload of social workers and how to curb meth abuse were just two of the topics that committees focused on this week. These and other discussions and debates will continue in the weeks ahead. 

I can be reached through the Legislative Research Commission’s toll-free message line at 1-800-372-7181. You can also check the committee schedule and learn more about what the committees are doing at

Note:  Senator Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, the Health and Welfare Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee and the Administrative Regulations Committee.  He represents the 8th District including Daviess and Ohio counties.

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