Senate approves bill to give oversight of health cabinet to a new board

February 25, 2014 | | Comments 0

State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – The state Senate voted along party lines Tuesday to approve a bill that would give oversight of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to a new nine-member board.

Senate Bill 82, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, would allow the board to conduct a search and present to the governor three names from which to choose the secretary of the cabinet.

The current secretary, Audrey Haynes, who was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear, would not be affected by the new process, Denton said.

The senator said a similar set-up is in place for the Economic Development Cabinet and the Department of Education.

The bill “will bring continuity to the cabinet,” said Denton.

Senate Minority Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, spoke against the bill, saying it “micromanages the executive branch.”

Republicans, however, prevailed on a 23-15 vote. The measure now goes to the Democratic-controlled House for its consideration.

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