As state Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers noted this week, it could take a year or more for Kentucky communities devastated by the March 2 tornadoes to pick up the pieces, rebuild and return to some semblance of normality.
And the Manchester Republican could be correct in predicting lawmakers may have to do more for the storm victims than the relief proposed in a bill the House is expected to approve Thursday.
But even if additional state aid may prove necessary, the assistance an amended House Bill 165 would provide to property owners and school districts is a commendable first step.
If enacted, the legislation would make property owners in the 21 counties declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama eligible for a sales tax rebate on materials they use to repair or replace buildings damaged by storms.
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The bill also contains provisions designed to protect school districts in those counties from financial losses from days missed due to the storms.
The current version of HB 165 was proposed by Rep. John Will Stacy, a Democrat from West Liberty, the Kentucky community suffering the most damage.
It has broad bipartisan support, as evidenced by the unanimous vote of approval it received in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Wednesday.
So, even though additional aid may be needed in the future, there is much to be said for lawmakers moving quickly, and in a bipartisan manner, to reassure storm victims some help is on the way now.