Jan. 9, 2015
This Week at the State Capitol
To catch up on this week's legislative
Senate approves informed consent
The state Senate passed an abortion-related
measure by a 30-5 vote today.
Senate Bill 4, introduced by Sen. Julie Raque
Adams, R-Louisville, calls for a face-to-face meeting between the
pregnant woman and a healthcare provider at least 24-hours before an
abortion takes place.
Adams said current law states a physician,
licensed nurse, physician assistant or social worker must verbally
inform the woman of the medical risks and abortion alternatives at
least 24-hours before an abortion, but it does not specify that the
information be given in a face-to face meeting. She said it is
sometimes done via a recorded telephone message.
“The importance of a face-to-face medical
consultation prior to consenting to a surgical procedure is a widely
accepted medical standard of care – and Kentucky woman deserve no
less,” Raque said.
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Administrative regulations measure
The state Senate
today passed a bill that its supporters said would curtail
overreaching administrative regulation from being enacted while the
General Assembly is not in session.
“No matter if the governor is a Republican or
Democrat, we don’t need an emperor in Frankfort,” Sen. Alice Forgy
Kerr, R-Lexington said in support of the bill. “We need a two-party
system with three branches.”
She was among 24 senators who voted for the
legislation, designated Senate Bill 2. Eleven senators voted against
Bill sponsor Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, said the
legislation is a proposed constitutional amendment that would
ultimately need to be approved by voters before being enacted. SB 1
grants the General Assembly the power to, by statute, delegate the
authority to halt regulations found to be deficient, he said.
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Jan. 8, 2015
5: 55 p.m.
‘Right-to-work Act’ passes Senate after
The state Senate today passed a bill – dubbed the
Kentucky Right to Work Act – to allow people to work at unionized
shops without paying dues to an organized labor group.
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer,
R-Georgetown, said it isn’t state government’s role to create jobs,
adding that was for the private sector.
“But it is the job of government to create an
environment where jobs can flourish, where we have current employers
wanting to stay in Kentucky and expand their operations and, of
course, to attract employers from other states and countries to come
here to Kentucky,” he said. “There is no question in my mind that
the passage of SB 1 is the absolute best step this General Assembly
and governor can take to create a better environment for the
creation and retention of jobs here in the commonwealth.
Thayer said nine of the top 10 states experiencing
job growth and economic expansion at a greater rate than Kentucky
are right-to-work states.
The legislation, designated Senate Bill 1, passed
on a 24-12 vote.
Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, spoke out
against the legislation during the debate. He said the states with
the highest quality of life are not right-to-work states and states
with the lowest quality of life are right-to-work states.
“My biggest fear is if we pass this legislation,
are we again encouraging a race to the bottom by Kentucky – that we
want people to be paid less, earn less, have less money to spend on
their families, spend for education, spend for healthcare,” said
Thomas. “Isn’t that what we are doing by passing this legislation?”
Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester,
said many of the states listed as having a high quality of life
have the distinction of also having some of the highest
cost-of-living prices in the nation. He cited a 560-square-foot flat
in New York that recently sold $325,000 as an example of
out-of-control cost-of-living prices.
“One thing I can tell you … is that when you look
at where the jobs are being created … one of the main factors is
whether you are a right-to-work state. That’s not an assumption.
That is a reality.”
The bill will now go to the state House for
Anti-heroin bill passes state Senate
heard the call to fix Kentucky’s exploding heroin epidemic, state
Senate members passed a bill without opposition Thursday that
would provide more treatment for abusers while increasing penalties
“It is no secret to the members of this body,
those in the audience or the people of the commonwealth that heroin
use has reached epidemic levels here in Kentucky,” said Sen.
Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, who introduced the legislation
known as Senate Bill 5. “Its use and distribution has become a major
issue for our citizens, our employers and our families. We
frequently cite the fact that heroin-related overdoses have more
than tripled in the past three years. What we don’t is the unspoken
path of additional destruction.
“We don’t talk about the careers that are
ruined, parents and spouses who are left hopeless and bankrupt
trying to help their loved ones. And we don’t talk about the
hundreds of children without one, and in some cases, both parents.”
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Jan. 7, 2015
Legislative leaders to
offer reaction to governor’s speech
President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker Greg
Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, will be available in Room 327 of the State
Capitol to answer reporters’ questions following Gov. Steve
Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address this evening.
The governor’s speech is
scheduled to begin in the House chamber at 7 p.m..
Jan. 6, 2015
General Assembly’s 2015 session under way
strikes in the Senate and House chambers, the Kentucky General
Assembly convened a session today scheduled to last 30 working days.
have numerous ways to follow legislative action throughout the
session, including seeing legislative action in person in the State
Capitol’s legislative chambers and committee meeting rooms, which
are open to the public.
throughout the state can stay connected to the work of the General
Assembly through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page, which is
updated daily to provide the latest legislative information. Web
surfers can view the issues before lawmakers by browsing through
bill summaries, amendments, and resolutions. The website is
regularly updated to indicate each bill’s status in the legislative
process, as well as the next day’s committee-meeting schedule and
In addition to
general information about the legislative process, the website also
provides information on each of Kentucky’s senators and
representatives, including their phone numbers, addresses, and
legislative committee assignments.
General Assembly also maintains toll-free phone lines to help
citizens follow legislative action and offer their input.
want to give lawmakers feedback on issues under consideration can
call the Legislative Message Line at (800) 372-7181. Those who
prefer to offer their feedback in Spanish can call the General
Assembly's Spanish Line at (866) 840-6574. Citizens with hearing
impairments can use the TTY Message Line at (800) 896-0305.
message containing information on the daily schedule for legislative
committee meetings is available by calling the Legislative Calendar
Line at (800) 633-9650.
write to any legislator by sending a letter with a lawmaker's name
on it to: Legislative Offices, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY
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