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.“
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.
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.