prunty 10 31BELTON, Ky.(8/7/17)  – Since last I wrote, I have attended the third House Adoption & Foster Care Workgroup meeting, an overview in-service regarding hazardous spills from a train, a listening session and a tour at Baptist Hospital in LaGrange, met with Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, met with Jeff Browning, Road Foreman of the Hopkins County Road Department along with Bill Rudd, Magistrate, was interviewed by Tim Thomas for FOCUS with Tim Thomas on SurfKY, attended a night at the Hopkins County Fair, attended the Southern Legislative Conference, lunch at Muhlenberg County Job Corps and the Fancy Farm picnic.

At the Adoption & Foster Care Workgroup meeting, we heard from several private agencies that handle adoptions of children who are under state care. The basic message was that everyone needs to be working together for the ultimate good of the child involved. The Adoption Foster Care Workgroup meets again on Aug. 22 in Frankfort.

I had the opportunity to attend a hazardous waste in-service in Louisville on the way home from Frankfort sponsored by Norfolk Southern Railroad. http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/about-ns/safety.html In light of the spill we experienced in our area of the state in the 80’s, I felt it was important to be informed. I gained valuable information and I need to follow up with our local folks.

Rep. Addia Wuchner, Chair of the Health & Family Services Committee, invited me to go to Baptist Hospital LaGrange, as she was heading there after the NS Training. It was close, so I met her there. We met with many of their board members as well as their Administrative Staff. Rep. Wuchner reported many of the important healthcare and other related bills and issues that had been addressed in the 2017 session.

When the opioid addiction crisis came up, I asked if they, as healthcare professionals, would be willing to have a conversation on how healthcare professionals have contributed to the problem; they understood and agreed that that needs to take place. Afterward, we took a tour of their facilities. They were exceptional and it was refreshing to know that they do not have an OB hospitalist; that they have a group of OB’s who actually follow their patients throughout the process. I must say, I am concerned about how fragmented healthcare seems to be getting.

My visit with Judge-Executive Carroll was enjoyable and enlightening. We discussed various issues including roads and solid waste. Following our visit I rode out to the Hopkins County Road Garage and met with Jeff Browning and Bill Rudd, District 2 Magistrate. I had contacted Mr. Rudd about a road issue in the recent past and we had the opportunity to follow-up. I toured the facilities, met the staff and was provided with valuable resources to assist me in the future.

I had my first filmed interview as an elected official with Mr. Tim Thomas. We discussed various things including why I ran for office, a few of the bills I was able to shepherd through the process, the committees I serve on among other things. If you want to see the interview in its entirety it can be viewed on YouTube, Focus with Tim Thomas-Prunty and on SurfKY News http://surfky.com/index.php/182-video/video-all-counties/121843-focus-with-tim-thomas-honorable-melinda-gibbons-prunty

It was a pleasure to attend the Hopkins County Fair again this year. I got to visit with various folks and discussed issues of interest and concern including the state pension crisis among others.

The Southern Legislative Conference allowed for hearing about various issues that are of concern across the southern part of the United States and how other states are handling them and also was an opportunity to network. I met a delightful legislator from Mississippi, Rep. Sara Richardson Thomas. She is on the other side of the aisle, however, we had church on the bus on the way to the Convention Center on Sunday morning. This gives me hope.

I attended lunch at the Muhlenberg Job Corps as a public supporter. They are doing great things there and word needs to get out that Job Corps is for any disadvantaged youth or young adult who might not have the resources to go to school beyond high school on their own. It is a wonderful facility doing great work. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, call and ask for a tour. https://muhlenberg.jobcorps.gov/

And, lastly, I attended the Fancy Farm Picnic for the first time. It was good to go back to Fancy Farm, having been there numerous times as Diocesan Director for Youth Ministry. I appreciated the shout out by Mark Wilson, St. Jerome stage director. The political discourse was interesting to say the least.

I want to thank you once again for allowing me to be your voice in The People’s House. I welcome your comments and concerns on any issue and can be reached, regardless if in session or not, through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at-1-800-372-7181 or you can contact me via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov

Note: Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty represents the 15th House District serving Muhlenberg and SE Hopkins Counties which includes White Plains, Morton’s Gap, Anton as well as sections of Nortonville, Earlington and SE Madisonville. She is Vice-Chair of the Health & Family Services Committee and serves as a member of the Education, IT & Small Business, Medicaid Advisory & Oversight Committees as well as the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education. She has also been appointed to and serves on the House Adoption Work Group.

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