Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 Session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:
We also passed two notable House bills, aimed at helping Kentucky’s foster children, which are on their way to the Governor to be signed. House Bill 180 eases the process of placing a foster child with relatives, and House Bill 192 allows a minor who is in the custody of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to obtain a driver’s license with the proper application.
Additionally, Senate Bill 2, which encourages transparency throughout the Kentucky Retirement Systems, is on its way to be signed by Governor Bevin. Senate Bill 4, establishing medical review panels that will ultimately lower the number of frivolous lawsuits and save taxpayer dollars, is also heading to the Governor’s desk.
The 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is nearing its end. Friday marked Day 23 of 30 of the session and this was our last full week in the Kentucky Senate Chambers. Sine Die, the last day of session after the concurrence and veto period, is March 30. The next few weeks will be focused on wrapping up committee meetings and passing House bills, and I am honored to represent our district throughout this legislative process.
If you have any questions or comments about the issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Steve.Meredith@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.