To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: President Ashish Vaidya
Subject: Legislative Update
The Kentucky General Assembly convened for its 60-day working session on January 4 with the primary task of crafting a two-year budget. However, the first order of business is completing the work of redrawing House and Senate district boundaries, as well as Kentucky’s federal Congressional districts. Redistricting is required every ten years following the U.S. Census to make any needed adjustments due to population changes.
NKU’s priorities for the session are primarily focused on funding requests. These include:
In addition to these funding priorities, we will be closely monitoring any bills that would impact the university and our operations. If action is needed, we will notify the campus community with instructions on how to contact their legislator and weigh in our behalf. If you would like to follow bills filed during the session, click here to link to the Kentucky General Assembly website.
I’m also pleased to share that we have resumed the Future Leaders Internship Program (FLIP) for the upcoming semester. FLIP has placed 12 NKU students with Northern Kentucky legislative leaders. They will spend Tuesdays and Thursdays during spring semester in Frankfort and have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process while developing critical professional skills through networking, research, and communication. Thank you to Ryan Salzman, Associate Professor of Political Science, for his leadership of the FLIP program.
If you have any questions about specific bills or the legislative process, feel free to contact Carmen Hickerson, AVP of Economic Engagement and Government Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.