FRANKFORT – State legislators would have more authority over the governor’s administrative regulations under a bill a Senate panel approved Thursday on a partisan vote.
Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, is the same as a measure that the Senate approved last year but the House let die.
It would amend the state Constitution to specify that an administrative regulation disapproved by lawmakers would be void and unenforceable and could not be reissued in the same or similar language for at least a year.
Some legislators complain that they have no power over administrative regulations when the General Assembly is not in session. They can only address them now when in session.
Such regulations allow the executive branch to deal with emergencies and to implement policies when the legislature is not in session.
The bill would allow the General Assembly to set up a review panel to rule on administrative regulations between sessions of the legislature.
Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council, told the committee the bill was not needed and that it would delegate power to a special agency created by the legislature.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, said the bill would lead to year-round legislative action.
The panel’s vote was 8-3, with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Constitutional amendments require approval by the House and the Senate and by voters in statewide polls.