First part of Kentucky legislative session comes to close, lawmakers adjourn until next month

Lawmakers adjourn until next month as first Kentucky legislative session comes to a close

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The first part of the regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly has now come to a close, after four days.

Senate leaders from both parties said that they’re already working well together, and they have a number of bills passed to show for it.

The Senate passed five bills to the House in the first four legislative days. Four of those received enough votes on Friday.

Senate Bill 50, regarding the public reporting of drugs prescribed to perform abortions, and Senate Bill 4, which moves campaign finance filings online, passed through with ease.

Two education measures related to teacher tribunal reform, and changes related to Site Based Decision Making councils saw a slightly tougher road to passage, but still pulled in 23-13 votes each.

At the end of part one the short session, Senate President Robert Stivers announced Senate Bill 2, which allows judges from counties other than Franklin to hear state government cases.

“It has become pretty well known that Judge Shepard wants to practice the case, and how do you change that unless you change the way cases are assigned,” Stivers said.

The legislation could cause a bigger battle in February.

“What I heard, today, is that they are going to target one judge and one circuit court for a decision they didn’t like,” Senator Morgan McGarvey, the Minority Floor Leader, said. “When I hear that, I’m skeptical and critical of what could come of that.”

The House met this week as well.

After a legal challenge, the GOP-dominated chamber formed a committee to decide if there should be a recount of Rep. Jim Glenn's Owensboro seat, which he won by by just one vote.

Both chambers will convene again on February 5.

No significant moves toward pension legislation were made during part one of the legislative session.

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