Bath County board Chairwoman Barbara Razor has attended several of the legislative breakfasts over the years and likes their informal nature.
“I really think that the breakfast is kind of a way of being able to contact our legislators directly and personally where you can actually have face-to-face meetings with them in a setting, an atmosphere that’s very relaxed and very accommodating,” she said.
“I just like to sit with folks and discuss the issues on an informal basis – the superintendents and the school board members,” said state Rep. David Hale from Menifee County, who’s been attending the breakfast for several years. “Mainly, I’m here to listen to the concerns of the school administrators and teachers, to hear what their needs are.”
The gathering this year drew an equal number of Republican and Democrat lawmakers, which Montgomery County board member (and former superintendent) Dan Freeman appreciated. “It just brought people together, both sides of the political spectrum and we can relax, have some camaraderie and then also get some good information,” he said.
State Sen. Albert Robinson of London chats after the breakfast with, from left,
Bath County Schools Community Education Director Kelly Wilson; Tatum Dale,
field representative for U.S. Rep. Andy Barr; and Bath County Property Valuation
Administrator Jacky Watson.
After rubbing elbows with local leaders at breakfast, lawmakers make brief remarks and then open the floor for questions. While this portion of the session is structured, Tackett said the informality is still maintained, because there is no moderator and lawmakers aren’t restricted to “a set amount of time” for answers or topics.