Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, the highest ranking female legislator, became the first woman legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which Governor Beshear presented his proposed budget.
During the address, Governor Beshear presented a multi-faceted budget proposal of $20.3 billion for the next two fiscal years. The outline included good projects and ideas, but as we all know, economic times are tight and there are few dollars and many needs. I am confident that by the time the budget moves through the House and Senate, the resulting bill will be good for the citizens of the Commonwealth in both funding projects and being fiscally sound.
On Wednesday, a major infrastructure project was proposed by Governor Beshear and United States Congressman Hal Rogers to expand broadband service in Kentucky.
Later that day it was an honor to have Congressman Rogers in the Senate Chamber. He reminded us that we are statesmen and as such we must work on issues that affect all of Kentucky. While this is the general approach of all legislators as we work together each session, it’s always good to hear again.
Despite the hazardous weather and somewhat dangerous road conditions, the Senate plowed ahead, passing bills brought to the floor this week. Among the bills passed were: Senate Bill 27, a measure that moves all elections of constitutional officers to even-numbered years. This bill saves local and state governments money by combining elections and will help engage more citizens in choosing constitutional officers with higher voter turnout.
Senate Bill 4 is another cost saving measure and also passed the Senate this week without opposition. This legislation provides a one-time election for members to base their pensions on their legislative work only rather than on a high-salaried position such as a judgeship or executive appointment that they may pursue in their final years of service.
Senate Bill 3, which I co-sponsored, is a measure that requires a face-to-face consultation with a physician or designee prior to an abortion procedure. This will ensure patients receive all necessary information, understand any health risks, and allow them an opportunity for questions and answers. I am glad this bill passed the Senate.
As always your thoughts and ideas on the issues facing the state are important to me. I invite you to contact me with any issues, concerns or questions. You may call my office in Frankfort at 800-372-7181 or e-mail me at Stan.Humphries@lrc.ky.gov. I appreciate your time and input.
Senator Stan Humphries (R-Cadiz) represents the 1st District including Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. He is the Co-Chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board, Chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, as well as the Vice-Chairman 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.