$67.5 Million Road Improvement Projects Announced for Boone County

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced in August a $67.5 million infrastructure grant for three road projects in Boone County along I-71/75. The need for these projects is greatly amplified by the tremendous job growth in our area in the last 5 years — ($1.5 billion Amazon shipping hub, and other major expansions announced by FedEx, Verst Logistics, DHL and Kroger, adding hundreds of jobs and ramping up commerce in Northern Kentucky). Improvements will include double diamond crossovers at the Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) interchange and Richwood Road (KY 338) interchange, eliminating left-hand turns, and additional merging lanes on the interstate from Mt. Zion Road to US 42. We are excited to see these projects begin!40092243_2010448429007052_5278869407873892352_n

House passes bill protecting infrastructure from trespassing in person or via drone

Rep. Diane St. Onge’s HB 324 passed the House 80-1.

“It is about providing safety and security and protecting proprietary interests,” St. Onge said.

It would create the crime of “trespass upon key infrastructure assets” for those who knowingly enter or stay on property where key infrastructure assets are located, or who use a drone to monitor or take photos, videos or collect other information of key assets without prior approval.

Key infrastructure assets would be defined by the bill as electrical power plants or nodes, natural gas and petroleum facilities, rubber or hazardous chemical manufacturing plants, railroad yard and tunnels, water supply systems, military weapon system facilities, or wireless communications facilities.

St. Onge Recognized for Legislative Work

Diane St. Onge holding a plaque in front of a Kentucky School Counselor Association BannerDiane St. Onge was honored with one of the Southern Technology Council’s first iLegislator awards and received the “Legislator of the Year” award from the Kentucky School Counselor Association in February.