January 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two-year budget for Kentucky. This session addresses many complex issues that need legislative action as the Senate Majority works diligently to make pathways for economic growth and fiscal responsibility in the Commonwealth.
The Senate Majority’s top five priorities for the 2014 session are:
Regulations Fix: A constitutional amendment to allow the legislature – through the LRC - to overturn proposed regulation should the LRC deem that regulation deficient during the interim. Currently, the Governor can implement a regulation even if it is found deficient.
Debt limit: A bill limiting general fund-supported debt to 6 percent of general fund revenues.
Legislative Pension Fix: A bill eliminating the “super-sizing” of pensions when legislators leave the General Assembly and take a judicial seat or a high-paying executive branch job.
Informed consent: A bill requiring a woman considering abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion.
Heroin: A bill addressing Kentucky’s heroin problem using a three-pronged approach – treatment, education and intervention.
One of our first orders of business this week was a joint session of the House and Senate to receive the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth address. Included in his agenda are public safety and public health measures, educational and training opportunities and job growth proposals of interest to many lawmakers.
As he has in years past, the Governor continued to advocate for tax reform and expanded gambling as ways to increase revenues. Historically, both of these issues have faced major obstacles in the Senate. Not everyone agrees that either method is effective in raising necessary funds. We’ll see how they fare this time, once we have the details of concrete proposals.
If you have any issues or concerns, please call my office in Frankfort at 502-564-8100. I appreciate your time and input.
Senator Stan Humphries represents the 1st District including representing Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. He is the Chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, as well as the Vice-Chair of both the Education Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Agriculture Committee.