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Mountain lawmakers wield power in Legislature

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers from the Appalachian region have major clout in Frankfort, occupying six of the top leadership positions in the Legislature.

That influence was on display this week at a meeting of the Legislative Research Commission, which pulls together the top brass from the Senate and House.

Gathered along a table were Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester, both of whom represent mountain districts.

Other mountain lawmakers in that meeting were House Democratic Majority Leader Rocky Adkins of Catlettsburg, House Republican Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown, Senate Republican Whip Brandon Smith of Hazard and Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Johnny Ray Turner.

No other region of the state has as many lawmakers in leadership.

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