A priority of Senate Leadership in this session is a measure to keep legislation in the hands of the General Assembly. Senate Bill 1 gives the legislature the authority to review and approve or disapprove regulations enacted by a sitting governor during an interim period. This bill will restore the “checks and balances” policy as it was originally intended to work in the legislative process. Senate Bill 1 was heard in the State and Local Government Committee this week, and reported favorably.
As for me, I am sponsoring Senate Bill 87 which will give more opportunities to Kentucky’s hard-working students. The bill went before the Education Committee Thursday. At the heart of the bill is job-creation as it permits high school students to take dual credit classes using earned Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money and gain up to six credit hours toward a college degree or toward an industry-recognized program offering certificate or licensure in a skilled trade. Our students earn this money by performing at a high level, and I want to open the door to more opportunities and flexibility for their future. The bill reported favorably out of the committee.
Besides education initiatives, access to healthcare is a concern of mine. That is why I supported the passage of Senate Bill 41 which gives more flexibility to physicians assistants. With this bill, P.A.s can see patients without a supervising physician and requires at least ten percent of the records be reviewed and signed by a physician every thirty days. With the great need of medical professionals throughout Kentucky, this legislation can relieve some of the restrictions that keep people from getting in to see a medical professional in a timely manner or making a long drive to receive medical attention. Senate Bill 41 passed in the Senate and now moves to the House.
As always, your thoughts and ideas on the issues facing our community and the Commonwealth 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. You can also follow the work of our caucus on twitter at @kysenategop. I appreciate your time and input.
Note: 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.