SENATE LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCES THREE APPOINTEES TO TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT WORK GROUP

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COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
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Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120 Ext. 202

SENATE LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCES THREE APPOINTEES TO TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT WORK GROUP

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2015) – Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) announced Monday the three Senate representatives who will be participating in Governor Beshear’s “Teachers’ Retirement Work Group” to address funding issues: Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), Senator Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) and Senator Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville).

“It has been the position of the Senate Majority to seek a complete solution which combines structural reform with any additional funding,” Senator Thayer said. “We look forward to learning the structural solutions offered by this working group. We recognize that lasting structural changes will make any additional taxpayer funding of public pensions have a long-term impact that will benefit all Kentuckians.”

According to Governor Beshear’s office, “The work group will review best practices in other states regarding pension benefits, conduct a comprehensive review of funding options and make recommendations for improving the fiscal solvency of the KTRS. The work group may also contract for consulting services.”

Gov. Beshear also asked the work group to complete its work and submit its report to him on or before December 1, 2015.

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Feb. 9, 2014
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PRESIDENT STIVERS, SEN. WESTERFIELD TO SUPPORT CIVIL PROTECTIONS FOR DATING VIOLENCE WITH GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY & OTHER SUPPORTERS

WHO:

Senate President Robert Stivers and Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear
Rep. John Tilley
Darlene Thomas, president of the Kentucky Coalition Against Dating Violence

WHAT:

News conference on bipartisan support for a comprehensive system of civil protections in Kentucky for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking

WHEN:

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE:

Capitol State Reception Room (Second Floor) 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601

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KY SENATE REPORTS TWO OF TOP FIVE BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015) – Two bills the Kentucky State Senate Majority deemed part of its “Top 5” were reported favorably out of their respective Senate standing committees Wednesday: Senate Bill 1, “The Right-to-Work Bill, and Senate Bill 5, “The Heroin Bill.

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The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, unanimously passed the Heroin Bill sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, following testimony by numerous groups & individuals in support of the legislation.

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Chair Alice Forgy Kerr then convened the Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee where Senate President Robert Stivers spoke in favor of Senate Bill 1 and was joined by David Adkisson of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Hal Goode of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.

“Our caucus is determined to create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families,” President Stivers said. Stivers noted that both pieces of legislation are key to the underlying goals of the majority caucus, and he thanked other members of leadership and all of the senate members for their work prior to session and over the holidays.

“All of our leaders and all of the senators devoted extra time prior to session to study issues and legislation so that we could ensure that while we are here during what is a “short” session,” Stivers said.  “We are using the time we do have efficiently and in our constituents’ best interests.

“These priority bills are going to be voted on, and I expect passed, on the Senate floor the first week of session, so there is no question that our members are doing their work and getting legislation to the House in a timely manner.

“And you have to remember, while the bills did move fast the first week of session, what you are seeing is the result of legislation that has been through past sessions and committee hearings, and since adjournment last session, our senators continued to work on them. There were a lot of long days, late nights, discussions, debates and studies to get to this point.”

After the Senate committee meetings adjourned, members from both the House and Senate convened in a joint session Wednesday evening for Governor Steve Beshear‘s final State of the Commonwealth Address.

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