State Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, will be moving to a more comfortable committee leadership position as he has been named chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Jensen, who has chaired the natural resources, energy and environment committee, was named to head the judiciary committee when Senator Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, was named the Republican Floor Leader.
“I have practiced law for over 30 years so it is something I feel like I am well-suited for,” Jensen said of heading the judiciary committee.
Jensen said among his long-term goals for the committee is to examine the Kentucky Criminal code and consolidate it where possible.
Jensen noted since the last revisions to the code in 1975, it has ballooned again, and is spread out over four different chapters in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
“I would like to see us remove some of the redundancies,” Jensen said.
Jensen said a group is already studying the matter but any changes are unlikely to occur during the 2010 legislative session.
“It is a massive project,” Jensen said. “I would like to see us appoint a task force to study it and come back with a plan during the 2011 session.”
While that will be the biggest project, Jensen said it will not be the only project the committee will tackle.
“There are just a wide variety of things because the court system covers almost every aspect of life,” Jensen said.
While chairing the judiciary committee, Jensen will continue to serve on the natural resources and banking committees.
“It is going to be very demanding,” Jensen said, noting he wants to continue his law practice and have time for his family.
Jensen has served in the State Senate since 2004. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a member of the State House of Representatives.
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