Members of the House Republican caucus on Monday unanimously nominated Speaker Beth Harwell for another term in charge of the chamber but ousted Rep. Judd Matheny from the No. 2 slot. Matheny, a Tullahoma Republican, was defeated by Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville in a secret ballot.
Newly-elected western Kentucky legislators are looking ahead to the 2013 General Assembly session. Third District House representative-elect Gerald Watkins plans to pre-file a bill that would increase job skills training for welfare recipients.