KEES bill passes state senate
by Stan Humphries, Kentucky Senator, District One
Feb 12, 2014 | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We continue to manage our daily routines despite the hazardous winter weather conditions throughout the state. Everyone is having challenges in this weather with school being out so much, workers outside at all hours treating roads, repairing water lines and restoring power. I know we all are looking forward to better, safer conditions outside.

Sensitive to the time we have and the accountability we hold to the citizens of Kentucky, the Senate carried on its work this week.

As you are most likely aware, I sponsored Senate Bill 87, which gives opportunity to Kentucky’s students and helps translate education into jobs. This bill enables Kentucky students who have performed at a high level and earned scholarship money through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program, to take up to six hours of dual credit courses from an accredited college or an industry-recognized program offering certification or licensure in a skilled trade. Senate Bill 87 passed the Senate without opposition and now goes to the House for consideration.

Other bills passed this week include Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 58. Senate Bill 1, which places a constitutional amendment on the ballot to ensure checks and balances and empower the Legislature to void deficient Executive Branch administrative regulations.

Senate Bill 58 proposes a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of the State Treasurer upon completion of the current term. With this measure, Kentucky would save at least $2 million annually with the potential to save an additional $750,000 in subsequent years. The duties of the office would be absorbed by the Finance and Administration Cabinet with the Commonwealth’s quarterly report being transferred to the State Auditor’s Office to provide appropriate checks and balances.

This week, the Senate passed legislation that I co-sponsored. Senate Bill 44 grants 10% gross weight tolerance on all highways, except interstates, for registered farm trucks transporting agricultural products. Many of our leading agricultural industries can save money and operate more efficiently with this measure. It also will keep companies in our state, rather than them relocating to save money.

I also co-sponsored Senate Bill 59, which makes certain contractual language null and void regarding damaged items received from commercial transporters. In short, this would protect motor carriers from clauses in shipping contracts that require them to assume liability for all accidents even if they’re not at fault. The provision would prevent the motor carriers from being obligated to pay any claim that may arise from the contract regardless of fault.

Please continue to contact me with your issues and concerns. You may call my office in Frankfort at 800-372-7181 or e-mail me at at any time. If you wish to check the status of a bill, you can call the Bill Status Line at (866) 840-2835. You can also follow the work of our caucus on twitter at @kysenategop. 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.
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