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  • Senator Damon Thayer Issues Statement on Senate’s Sports Gaming Approval

    Senator Damon Thayer Issues Statement on Senate’s Sports Gaming Approval

    “I am so pleased my Senate colleagues approved Rep. Meredith’s legislation,” Thayer said. “I want to congratulate him for carrying on the good work of our good friend, Adam Koenig, and I was honored to carry the bill in the Senate. Sports betting is something I have wanted for Kentucky for a long time because I view it as an extension of our time-honored tradition of betting on horse races. I look forward to Kentuckians being able to place their wagers right here in the commonwealth instead of traveling across state lines to spend their money in other states. This is a great day for the commonwealth and its people. Freedom won the day.” 

  • Week 7 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    The veto period is upon us, and numerous bills are now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his action. The Governor has 10 days to consider whether he will sign them, allow them to become law without his signature, or veto them. In this short session, the General Assembly has worked hard to deliver meaningful legislation to the Governor protected by the veto override period. Any vetoed bill will qualify for a legislative override when we return to Frankfort on March 29. Any additional bills fully passed during the final two days of the session will not be eligible for a legislative override.

  • Week 6 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    Week 6 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    The 2023 Legislative Session is in the home stretch, with only 4 more legislative days before we enter the veto period. Next week we will be in session Monday through Thursday with two days scheduled for the House and Senate chambers to find agreement on any qualifying legislation. Friday, March 17 will begin the 10-day veto period until Tuesday, March 29 for the Governor to consider all legislation lawmakers have sent to his desk. I am eager to see any bills he may choose to veto that will enter the category of bills the legislature has swiftly overridden and enacted into law over his veto.

  • Week 5 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    During the General Assembly’s fifth week of the 30-day legislative session, March came in like a lion, with over 30 bills clearing the Senate chamber. However, the legislative forecast is not calling for March to go out like a lamb, as plenty of work remains in Frankfort before the final day of session on March 30.

  • Week 4 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    With the Senate’s adjournment on Friday, we have officially reached the halfway mark on the 2023 30-day Legislative Session. Week four was the most productive yet, as the Senate passed over 20 bills, sending them to the state House of Representatives for consideration. This meant an incredibly busy week for me as Senate Majority Floor Leader as I led the chamber through the daily legislative floor proceedings.

  • Week 3 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    The 2023 Legislative Session is moving along, with Senate committees approving numerous measures for the full chamber’s consideration. Several bills have cleared the chamber and have made their way over the state House of Representatives. Here are some of the bills clearing the state Senate in week three:

  • Week 2 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    Lawmakers returned to Frankfort on Tuesday to reconvene following a constitutionally required break in the 2023 30-day legislative session. We immediately got back to work, passing House Bill 1, which codifies the income tax reduction from 5 percent to 4.5 percent that went into effect on January 1. The bill lowers the income tax to 4 percent beginning on January 1, 2024. Additional tax reform, moving away from taxing production and more emphasis on consumption, not only keeps more money in wage earners’ pockets but also builds on the record years of economic success in the commonwealth, primarily because of conservative, pro-business policies enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Week 1 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    Week 1 of the 2023 Legislative Session

    As we convene the 2023 regular session, I would like first to wish you a happy new year. I honored to once again serve as Senate majority floor leader; the longest-serving Republican majority floor leader in state history. This 2023 legislative session kicked off on a storm-filled Tuesday with heavy rains and high winds. Floor activity on day one of session felt like a whirlwind itself, as the body welcomed new members along with their closest friends and family who were special guests in the Senate chamber and gallery.



    Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has been awarded the 2022 County Advocate award from the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) for his leadership and responsiveness to county needs. “Leader Thayer understands the vital role counties play in the commonwealth,” said KACo Executive Director and CEO Jim Henderson. “He works closely with the elected county officials in his own district, and he always has an open door for KACo to be heard. There has never been a time that I’ve reached out to Leader Thayer that he wasn’t immediately responsive. We are extremely grateful to have such a valued relationship in the Senate.”


    FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 8,  2022) – Senate President Robert Stivers and Senate leadership announced 2023-24 Senate Majority Caucus member committee assignments on Monday. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has been appointed to the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. He will continue his service as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Licensing and Occupations Committee and State and Local Government Committee.