Representative Smith presented 2021 County Advocate Award
Representative Tom O’Dell Smith has been presented a 2021 County Advocate award by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo).
Rep. Smith, who represents Knox and part of Laurel counties, was selected as a recipient for his steadfast efforts to strengthen counties across Kentucky.
During the 2021 session, Rep. Smith sponsored and supported bills that advanced issues important to counties. He sponsored House Bill 428, which reduced the inequity currently in statute relating to the application of occupational license fees based solely on the population of a county. This limits the ability of growing counties to continue to adequately provide the services required by constitution and statute.
Jim Henderson, KACo Executive Director, and Knox County Judge/Executive Mike Mitchell presented the award to Rep. Smith on behalf of county officials across Kentucky.
“I would like to thank Director Jim Henderson and KACO staff for working with myself and other legislators to create strong policies that will strengthen our counties’ ability to move themselves forward,” Smith said. “It is an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding group.”
“Representative Smith has worked to equal the playing field so every county has the same tools needed to provide services for their constituents,” Henderson said. “He truly understands the challenges of our counties and we are deeply appreciative of his advocacy.”
The County Advocate award is being presented to legislators who have supported counties throughout the 2021 session by sponsoring or shepherding legislation that helps counties continue to provide services without unfunded mandates or limiting home rule.