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Governor Beshear and lawmakers are working together to develop plans to help tornado-damaged areas

Stu Johnson

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says there have been conversations between legislative leaders and the governor’s office about how best to assist western Kentucky communities with recovery from tornado damage. Stivers said lessons were learned in dealing with previous tornado events in West Liberty and Salyersville.

“So, there are discussions about how we can help speed up the process because we know certain things such as insurance claims may actually happen faster than FEMA claims being resolved,” said Stivers.

Stivers said cases of mining damage to a school in eastern Kentucky and another legal matter involving a school built on a fault line provided valuable information about recovery support.

The Senate leader noted talks between staff from the legislative and the governor’s office and conversations between full leadership and the governor have taken place.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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