FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2016) – The following is a statement from Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers on the recent school bathroom proposal from President Barack Obama:

With complete disregard for the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama on Friday directed every school in the nation to provide access to transgender bathrooms, threatening to take federal funding away from any school that does not comply.”

“This is yet another example of indefensible overreach by President Obama, illustrating just how out of touch his administration has been with the values of Kentucky families. I firmly believe that this should be a local issue and I am prepared to fight for the safety of our students in Kentucky.”

“I would also like to encourage our Democratic colleagues in the Senate and the House to join us in this important fight against federal overreach.”

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Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of Senate President Robert Stivers

For Immediate Release
September 2, 2015
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120 ext. 202


FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Wednesday, September 2, 2015) – Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) filed an amicus curiae brief Wednesday evening.

“I am requesting Judge Bunning delay, withhold or temper his ruling in this case until the General Assembly has an opportunity to establish new frameworks under Kentucky law,” Senate President Stivers said. “The Supreme Court ruling has completely obliterated the definition of marriage and the process for obtaining a marriage license in Kentucky. The General Assembly will be compelled to amend many sections of Kentucky law, not just for the issuance of marriage licenses, to comply with the recent Supreme Court decision.”

Stivers’ brief places pertinent facts before U.S. District Judge David Bunning regarding the current state of Kentucky law and the legislative process. It emphasizes that under the Kentucky Constitution only one individual, the Governor, is vested with the power to call the General Assembly into an extraordinary session to act on time sensitive issues, just like this one.  It also points out that absent a special session the Governor may issue an executive order which could be codified by the General Assembly in January 2016.


Note:  Senate President Robert Stivers represents the 25th District, which encompasses Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.  He serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules Committee and the co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.  Additionally, President Stivers is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For a high-resolution .jpeg of President Stivers, please visit


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Friday, Jan. 9, 2014) – After successfully passing the “heroin bill” and “right-to-work” bill on Thursday, the Kentucky Senate approved two more pieces of legislation (referred to as an “administrative regulations” bill and an “informed consent” bill) on Friday morning to close out ‘part one’ of the two-part, 2015 legislative session.

Immediately following Thursday’s session which passed Senate Bills 1 and 5, the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee met to hear Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville)-sponsored Senate Bill 4, which redefines current law by requiring that a woman considering an abortion have a face-to-face meeting with her physician before following through with the procedure. After hearing testimony from a group of supporters, the measure was reported out of committee favorably.

Following the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee meeting, the Senate State and Local Government Committee met to hear Chairman and primary bill sponsor Sen. Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) present Senate Bill 2, which would prevent the executive branch of state government from administrating regulations found deficient by the General Assembly. Senate Bill 2 also was reported out of committee favorably and both bills were approved on the Senate floor Friday morning.

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“I was pleased with what we were able to accomplish in this four-day period,” Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) said Friday. “We wanted to send the message that the Senate is here to lead, to be bold and to get things done in Frankfort.

“Every piece of legislation we acted on this week touched on the goals we’ve outlined this session – to create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families. I think it was a successful four days and we plan to build on this momentum as we move toward part two of the session in February.”


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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