WILLIAMSBURG — The Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus annual retreat was held Wednesday to Friday last week at Cumberland Falls.

Members of the Kentucky State Senate Majority Caucus leadership team for the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session that begins Jan. 8 met with about 30 local officials prior to talking with the press on Nov. 28 at the Whitley County Courthouse and then heading to the retreat.

Senate President Robert Stivers, President Pro Tempore Designee David Givens, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Majority Caucus Leader Julie Raque Adams, Majority Whip Mike Wilson and Senator Jimmy Higdon were all at the meetings on Nov. 28.

"We just had a pretty close to two-hour session with county and local officials," Stivers said during the press conference.

"It's an opportunity for us coming from central Kentucky, northern Kentucky, western Kentucky, Louisville, to visit other parts of the state so they see what I deal with," he added.

Stivers said the senators have held this retreat annually for close to 20 years. Each year it was held in Louisville until 2013 when they started moving around. This is the first year the retreat happened in Stivers' district.

He noted the state senators traveling to various locations have "been very effective over the last six years."

The local officials, according to Stivers, had questions about annexation and Corbin truly being a Tri-County city, education and tourism.

The retreat involved multiple briefings and time for members to educate other members on their priorities.

"We all have a little bit different opinion about what they [priorities] may be, but that's part of this retreat, we want to sit down and try to discern what we want to make as our priorities, what the Governor is going to say his priorities are, and then sit down with our colleagues across the aisle and across the hall down into the other chamber and try to come up with an agenda for the 2019 session," Stivers said.

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