Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Kentucky General Assembly

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The Economic Development & Tourism Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.

To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.

Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.[1][2]


The Economic Development and Tourism Committee studies "matters pertaining to commerce, industry, and economic and industrial development not specifically assigned to another committee; economic development planning; international trade and investment; investment companies and industrial loan corporations as they relate to economic and industrial development; recruitment of business and industry; small-business matters relative to economic and industrial development; financing of business and industrial development; business regulatory matters, including the Uniform Commercial Code, relative to economic and industrial development; worker training; technology development and application; chambers of commerce; convention centers and publicly owned exhibition and parking facilities; arts and arts exhibition facilities; state, interstate, and national parks and historic sites; and travel promotion and advertising."[3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership for the 2015 legislative session.

Economic Development and Tourism Members, 2015
Democratic members (28)Republican members (21)
John Short, Co-ChairAlice Forgy Kerr, Co-Chair
Perry ClarkCarroll Gibson
Reginald ThomasKevin Bratcher
Lawrence ClarkChris Girdler
George A. Brown Jr.Jim DeCesare
Mitchel Denham, Jr.Bob DeWeese
Hubert CollinsMyron Dossett
Jim Gooch, Jr.Mike Harmon
Leslie CombsKim King
Jeffery DonohueErnie Harris
Chris HarrisDavid Osborne
Dennis HorlanderJimmy Higdon
Cluster HowardJill York
Dennis KeeneThomas Kerr
Martha KingWil Schroder
Thomas McKeeMike Wilson
Terry MillsMax Wise
James KayLynn Bechler
Ruth PalumboTim Couch
John ShortBrian Linder
Fitz SteeleRussell Webber
Wilson Stone
Tommy Thompson
Denise Angel
Dean Schamore
Arnold Simpson
David Watkins
Gerald Watkins


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.


  • Task Force on Economic Development

External links


  1. Kentucky State Legislature, "Interim Committees," accessed January 31, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Kentucky State Legislature, "Economic Development and Tourism Committee," accessed January 31, 2014