Warmest regards to you and your family for the New Year. I hope you enjoyed a little rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. School is back in session, and the work of the new year in full swing.
January 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two-year budget for Kentucky. This session will encompass complex issues that require legislative action as the Senate Majority strives to make pathways for economic growth, pro life initiatives, managing the impact of the American Care Act and fighting for fiscal responsibility.
The Senate Majority’s top five priorities 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.
I continue to support our agricultural industry. With the popularity of locally grown products on the rise, we need to think of ways to open more markets for our farmers. Also, tourism and our state parks need promotion and support to invigorate travel industry here in Kentucky.
If you have any issues or concerns, please call my office in Frankfort at 502-564-8100. I appreciate your time and input.