Stivers releases 5 top priorities for Senate Republicans in legislative session

January 06, 2014 | | Comments 0

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester

FRANKFORT — On the eve of Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly, Seante Presdident Robert Stivers released Monday the Senate Republicans’ top five priorities for the session.

In a news release, Stivers, R-Manchester, said the GOP’s first priority is a constitutional amendment to allow lawmakers to overturn proposed administrative regulations by the governor and executive branch.

“A regulation implements the policy enacted by the legislature,” said Stivers. “Currently, the legislature has no impact on the viability of the regulation because the governor can unilaterally decide to implement a regulation even if it exceeds the statutory authority of the executive branch. It’s an institutional argument that has been going on for years.”

This issue “touches the life of every Kentuckian, including education, job creation agriculture and health care, Stivers said.

The Senate GOP’s other top priorities for the upcoming session, said Stivers, are:

*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.

The legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. The 60-day session is scheduled to end April 15.

–Jack Brammer

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