I hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far and got to enjoy a little rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close. The holidays are behind us now and the work of the new year is in full swing.
On January 7 the 2014 General Assembly convened. This will be a 60-day legislative session creating the next two year budget for Kentucky. It will also include complex issues that require legislative action as the Senate Majority strives to make pathways for economic growth, advance pro life initiatives, address the negative effects of Obamacare, and fight for fiscal responsibility.
The Senate Majority has announced its top five priorities for the 2014 session. I am proud to say that I will be co-sponsoring these measures:
Regulations Fix: Senate Bill 1 is a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature – through the LRC – to overturn proposed regulation should the LRC deem that regulation deficient during the interim. Currently, the executive branch can implement a regulation even if it is found deficient.
Debt limit: Senate Bill 2 limits general fund-supported debt to 6% of general fund revenues. I think this is an important step to getting our state’s fiscal house in order.
Informed consent: Senate Bill 3 requires a woman considering abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion, providing the opportunity for her to learn the health statistics and more information.
Legislative Pension Fix: Senate Bill 4 eliminates the “super-sizing” of pensions when legislators leave the General Assembly and take a judicial seat or a high-paying executive branch job.
Heroin: Senate Bill 5 addresses Kentucky’s heroin problem using a three-pronged approach – treatment, education and intervention. This bill is especially important to me since Madison County has seen an increase of this substance because of easy access to I-75.
If you have any issues or concerns, please call me in Frankfort at 502-564-8100. Also if any Madison County students would like to visit the Capitol in Frankfort and serve as a page please contact my office.
Note: Senator Jared Carpenter (R-Berea) is Chairman of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee, and a member of the Education Committee. He represents the 34th District including Madison and Rockcastle Counties and the southern portion of Fayette County.