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Frankfort Update

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by Senator Carroll Gibson

Jan. 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 Legislative Resource Commission – 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. 

Senator Gibson (R-Leitchfield) represents the 5th Senate District, which includes Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue and Meade Counties. He is a member of the Agriculture Committee, the Subcommittee on Horse Farming, the Judiciary Committee, the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee, and the Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee.