Growing the Commonwealth for the Common Good.

Office of Senate President Pro Tem David Givens
Week in Review

January 12, 2016

On Tuesday, January 5th, the legislature convened the 2016 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. With a new Governor in Frankfort, a biennial budget to write, and a long list of other issues drawing the attention of my colleagues and myself, the laws we pass in this 60-day session will have an impact on our Commonwealth that will be felt for years to come.

Our top priority is preparing for the fiscal years of July 2016 through June 2018 through the budgeting process. These comprehensive budget bills for all three branches of government and the two- and six-year road plans authorize and fund the ongoing operations of our schools, jails, Medicaid system and roads. Despite forecasts indicating annual revenue will rise by approximately $700 million above the current fiscal year, we face expected costs in pensions, Medicaid, and other areas of state government that need $900 million or greater.

This first four-day work week included both important ceremony and significant substance. Time and attention was used to remind us as legislators of the important role we play in ensuring that representative democracy operates with integrity. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney from New York, addressed us on Wednesday about his pursuit of corrupt legislators in the New York state government. His current legal work is of such timely news that the Wall Street Journal sent a reporter to write of the attorney’s visit. On Thursday former Congressman Mickey Edwards spoke to us passionately about the role of the legislative branch and called us to the highest ideal -- balancing the views of our constituents and the informed beliefs legislators each individually hold dear.

Significant substance was found in the filing of priority legislation on Wednesday. Senate Bills 1 thru 10 deal with themes both old and new. Senate Bill 2 improves transparency and oversight of our state employee pension systems. Senate Bill 4 clarifies that informed consent for a woman seeking an abortion requires a face-to-face conversation with a qualified medical provider – as does any other serious medical procedure. Concerns over Planned Parenthood funding in Kentucky, a Constitutional amendment requiring judicial branch redistricting every 10 years, right-to-work legislation, and increasing voter participation while saving $20 million every gubernatorial election were also priority pieces of legislation filed on Wednesday.

One of the most important bills we are working on is Senate Bill 1 which would repeal Common Core standards and give Kentucky educators the chance to set their own standards. The bill would also shift more control to local school districts, limiting federal overreach and burdens on educators while producing college- and career-ready Kentucky graduates.

Friday concluded with session in the morning and a visit with four young teens from Calvary Baptist Church youth group in Franklin who paged for me on the Senate Floor. These talented youths shared with me their passion for assisting pregnant teens who are facing difficult choices. I encourage young people to visit our Capitol while we are in session and join me as a page for a day. To find out details or make arrangements, contact my office at 502-564-3120.

Some citizens have contacted me during the interim about prefiled legislation, and some of you have already shared your thoughts about this first week’s filed bills. I hope more of you will contact me via email at david.givens@lrc.ky.gov or by a toll-free phone call to the message line at 1-800-372-7181. In addition, you can follow your Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.

Sincerely,

David Givens
State Senator
District 9


Note: Senator David Givens (R-Greensburg) represents the 9th District encompassing Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe and Simpson counties.

 

David Givens
Kentucky's
9th District
Senator


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