Column: Play tourist in your own backyard

Visit our state capital and explore Kentucky’s rich history and see what goes on behind the scenes of the legislature. – With summertime and the end of the school year rapidly approaching, Kentuckians across the commonwealth are gearing up for a relaxing and fun-filled three months. In my role as your state senator serving on the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee, I have learned much about Kentucky tourism. I hope you will take some time this summer to explore all that Kentucky has to offer and perhaps even play tourist in your own backyard.

Whether it’s taking a road trip to a different region of Kentucky or just visiting a locally owned restaurant in your hometown, you will surely discover that Kentucky has much to offer. Between the diverse natural beauty and friendly faces in every town, it’s a vacation destination you never have to leave.

Summer vacation is a great time to visit our state capital and explore the rich history of our commonwealth. It’s also a great time to see what goes on behind the scenes of the official legislative session.

Starting in June, Joint Interim Committee (IJC) Meetings will be held in Frankfort and throughout the state. During this period, senators and representatives regularly convene assigned committees and hear about issues that are facing the commonwealth; many that may result in legislation during our next session. These meetings are incredibly important to our understanding and education as we continue to seek good public policy.

I am excited to begin working with these committees and serving our district and state during my first Interim Session. Meetings are open to the public to attend. If you can’t make it but are still interested, you can follow the activity of the committees in a variety of ways. Many of these are broadcast on KET’s website, and archived. Schedules and more information can be found at the LRC’s website, Please feel free to contact me about your issues and concerns at 1-800-372-7181 or

State Sen. Wil Schroder represents District 24 in the Kentucky legislature. It includes Bracken, Campbell and Pendleton counties.

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