On Wednesday, I was proud to stand and add my name in co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 9, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. A bill that will demand protection for innocent babies who are born alive. In some states like Virginia, we have heard horrible statements from officials on this issue. I will continue to fight to make sure the country and world knows that Kentucky will continue to protect the most innocent among us.
With this in mind, I am calling on you to join me on Thursday, January 23 at 9 AM in Capitol Annex room 169 in Frankfort. Senate Bill 9 has been referred to my committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee. I serve as Chairman on this committee and am making sure Senate Bill 9 receives the hearing it deserves. It’s important that all who value the sanctity of life show up in support of this important legislation. I sincerely hope you will stand with me on Thursday. Don’t hesitate to reach out to my office to let me know that I can expect you.
In other news, I want to offer my congratulations to our newest Republican majority member, Senator-elect Mike Nemes, who was elected with an overwhelming majority in the 38th Senate District, which encompasses Bullitt County and part of Jefferson County. I look forward to welcoming him to our caucus.
On Tuesday, Kentuckians and legislators listened to Governor Beshear propose his policy goals and recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly in his first State of the Commonwealth Address. As the legislature begins to prepare the biennial budget, Governor Beshear will also be delivering a budget address on January 28th. We eagerly await to hear how the Governor plans to execute his campaign promises. That in large part is going to be reliant on our state budget, which the General Assembly has almost full responsibility of crafting, but hears recommendations from the governor.
Crafting a budget will not be an easy task. Demands placed on state government by our priorities, and other costs continue to outpace revenue growth. In the coming weeks, legislative branch staff and other resources will be utilized to help the General Assembly better determine a path forward for this year’s budgetary balancing act. Per the Kentucky Constitution, budget bills must start in the House. I will be sure to keep you informed as the Senate begins to deliberate budgetary matters in the coming weeks.
While the new administration formulates its agenda and presents it to the legislature, the Republican leadership in the General Assembly is continuing to pass legislation supported by Kentucky voters. Committee meetings are now in full swing, as this past week legislators began discussing bills recently assigned to their respective committees.
Now, I would like to let you know about some legislation that received some traction this past week in the State Senate.
Senate Bill 56, a bill that aims to keep tobacco products out of the hands of our children passed the Health & Welfare Committee on Wednesday.
The first bill to pass the State Senate this year was Senate Bill 3 (SB 3). This is a good bill that proposes a constitutional amendment to the voters of Kentucky. If adopted, the amendment would move Kentucky’s statewide elections to even number years, in unison with Presidential elections. This would save the state about $3.5 million dollars and counties $13 million dollars every election. It’s a fiscally responsible measure that will both ease voter fatigue, and increase voter engagement in the election of our state Constitutional Officers.
SB 3 will now head over to the House for consideration.
As we head into the third week of the 2020 Regular Session, your input is greatly appreciated. Kentuckians have many avenues to follow the General Assembly throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person here in Frankfort, or viewing online at KET.org/legislature.
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Albert.Robinson@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov. Again, please join me in Frankfort on Thursday to support the life of the unborn.