Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of Senator Stan Humphries
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2016
Contact: John Cox
SENATOR STAN HUMPHRIES’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
FRANKFORT – The fifth week of the 2016 General Assembly was a time to reflect on the giants that have served before us in the Kentucky State Senate while keeping a focus on the task at hand – being fiscal stewards of tax dollars while navigating the state through an ever-changing world.
The contemplation was prompted by the death of former State Senator Georgia Davis Powers, who laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. What she was able to accomplish in her 92 years of life is a reminder that no matter how slow and deliberate the legislative process can seem, great ideas can – and will – triumph.
Senate Bill (SB) 4 was the first pro-life bill to pass both chambers in over a decade. Senate Bill 4 would require a woman to consult with a doctor either face-to-face or by video-conference at least 24 hours prior to going forward with an abortion procedure. After the bill received concurrence in the Senate Tuesday, it was immediately delivered to Governor Bevin’s office by a large delegation of our Senate members. The Governor signed the bill on the spot, further promoting our efforts to protect the rights of the unborn.
Also passing this week in the Senate was SB 7 which is aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood. I am pleased to say it passed the Senate with bipartisan support.
Other bills advancing to the House of Representatives after passing the Senate include:
· Dubbed the “Jailers with No Jails Act,” Senate Bill 96 would require fiscal courts in counties with no jails to annually pass ordinances that outline the responsibility of their county jailer. The bill would also require jailers to submit to the same fiscal courts a summary of all official duties performed, including information related to inmate transport. The sponsor of SB 96 said he filed it in response to media reports of a few county jailers in counties with no jails drawing salaries “not commensurate” to their duties.
· Pension reorganization legislation, given the designation of Senate Bill 2, was the result of the two years’ worth of work by the Public Pension Oversight Board. Senate Bill 2 would make state retirement systems’ transactions more transparent, hold the systems accountable when contracting out services, and require that pension trustees have actual investment experience. The sponsor said SB 2 is another attempt to provide senators insight into the systems so they can provide appropriate oversight.
· In response to the prohibition of scripture readings in a public school’s stage adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Senate Bill 15 is meant to strengthen the expression of religious or political viewpoints in public schools and public postsecondary institutions. Senate Bill 15 would set forth in statute what some protected activities for students are by enumerating the rights of students to express religious and political viewpoints in public. That would include homework, artwork, speeches, and religious messages on items of clothing. Senate Bill 15 would also enumerate the rights of religious student groups to access school facilities after hours for meetings and to use school-produced media to announce such meetings.
Since we are just over one-third through the session, an increasingly greater amount of our time will be spent on budgetary issues. You can stay up-to-date on the budget negotiations and other legislative actions throughout the session by logging onto the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) website at www.lrc.ky.gov or by calling the LRC toll-free bill status line at 866-840-2835. For committee meeting schedules, please call the LRC toll-free meeting information line at 800-633-9650. To comment on a bill, please call the toll-free legislative message line at 800-372-7181.
You can write to me anytime at my legislative office at 702 Capitol Avenue, Room 209, Frankfort, KY 40601. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Note: Senator Stan Humphries (R-Cadiz) represents the 1st Senate District including Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg counties. For a high-resolution .jpeg of Senator Humphries, please visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/pubinfo/senate38.htm