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Office of Senate President Pro Tem David Givens

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120

SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Mar. 3, 2015) – As we approach the final days of the 2015 legislative session, we have been working diligently to complete our consideration of Senate bills, while also vetting legislation that has passed the House chamber. We will begin considering several House bills this week and on Monday (March 2), the Senate passed the first bill to receive approval of both legislative Chambers.

A major focus for both chambers last week was the approach to combat heroin in the Commonwealth. The House’s measure was presented in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and our Senate Bill 5 was discussed in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, both informational hearings only. It is imperative that we find common ground on this legislation and make an impact on the heroin epidemic that has plagued so many Kentuckians in recent years.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 110, which would create a new opportunity for Kentucky’s students by translating education into jobs. The bill enables Kentucky high school juniors and seniors, who have earned scholarship money through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) Program, to take up to six hours of dual credit courses from an accredited college or an industry-recognized program offering certification or licensure in a skilled trade.

We also adopted a concurrent resolution that I sponsored in SCR 103. It directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education, which is estimated at approximately $900 million per year.

A Georgetown University Center on Education study found there would be 55 million job openings in the U.S. economy through 2020. Of this total, 24 million openings will be from newly created jobs and 31 million openings will be due to retirements of the baby boomer generation. The same study also found that as a nation, we will fall short in filling those positions by approximately 5 million skilled workers. We have to find a way to make sure Kentuckians have the proper skills and preparation for new jobs that will become available in the Commonwealth in the coming years.

Senate Bill 134 also passed, which would prohibit the purchase of Kentucky Lottery tickets over the internet with a credit card. Instead, the legislation would require customers to purchase a lottery-issued, prepaid card from a retailer. This measure would benefit local retailers who make a commission on lottery sales and also gives those business owners more foot traffic to retail establishments.

The Senate also passed measures to save money through efficient elections. Senate Bill 93 would move all elections of Kentucky’s statewide constitutional officers to even-numbered years in conjunction with Federal elections. By doing this, state and local governments would achieve significant savings. Because the elections would coincide with Federal elections, voter turnout also would likely increase. Statistics prove that more voters go to the polls for Federal elections.

Senate Bill 186 passed that modernizes Kentucky’s regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing also referred to as “fracking.” The legislation would mandate energy companies to notify nearby landowners of any planned fracking process, clean up the site before abandoning it, and dispose of the chemicals used.

The chamber also passed Senate Bill 85, which would provide for a permanent restraining order for victims of sex offenses that would go into effect automatically upon a conviction or plea of guilty for a violation. This legislation protects these victims by establishing that a violation of the restraining order would result in a Class A misdemeanor. The courts would determine the length of the actual restraining order and the circuit clerk would be required to notify the Law Information Network of Kentucky (LINK) within 24 hours of entry of said restraining order.

All these bills now move to the House for consideration. If you have any questions or comments about the issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181. You can also review additional measures the Legislature passed this week online at www.lrc.ky.gov.

Sincerely,

David Givens
State Senator
District 9


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

 

David Givens
Kentucky's
9th District
Senator


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