FRANKFORT - As Kentucky legislators gear up for the 2014 General Assembly, state Representative John Short has pre-filed two pieces of legislation he hopes to see signed into law.
Short's bills, which he worked on during the summer and fall break from legislative business, focus on strengthening the region's judicial system and aiming to bring more recognition to Veteran's Day in Kentucky.
"I've spoken to a lot of people over the past several months in helping me craft this legislation," Short said. "I try to make sure that legislation with my name on it represents the wants and needs of the folks that I represent. I think these bills do that and I'll everything I can to shepherd them through the process."
In response to increasing caseloads for local judges, Short pre-filed BR 228 to add a second judge to the 36th Judicial Circuit which serves Knott and Magoffin Counties. The circuit is currently one of only 17 across Kentucky which is served by only one judge.
Additionally, Short filed BR 483 to require Kentucky schools to close on Veteran's Day, observed on the second Monday in November. The federal government, U.S. Postal Service as well as state and local government offices across the nation close to observe Veteran's Day and Short believes the same respects should be extended to Kentucky's schools.
"The men and women who gave their all to defend our freedoms are worthy of our highest respect," Short said. "Kentucky school children need to know the sacrifices that our veteran's make - to me that's one of the most important lessons they can learn."