Senator C. B. Embry Jr. Legislative Update
The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, who performed an extraordinary rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" and our National Anthem.
As with the early stages of any session of the General Assembly, some procedural measures were in order. The Senate Majority has listened to feedback from our constituents, and in turn. We have prioritized several pieces of legislation that we hope will pass this session. Those bills, among others, were assigned to their respective committees this week. There were no committee meetings during the first week of the session. Committee hearings begin next week and provide the public an opportunity to hear about the legislation.
Bills must be presented at a public committee meeting and passed with a majority vote before heading back to the Senate to be voted on by the entire Senate body. Once the Senate approves a Senate bill, it heads to the Kentucky House, where the same process occurs. Those bills passed by both chambers are submitted to the Governor for his approval.
I have introduced several pieces of legislation that I care about greatly. They include Senate Bill 14, a bill that would increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110, Senate Bill 19 that would improve road safety, Senate Bills 16 and 22 to address issues with solid waste, and finally, Senate Bill 21, which aims to combat animal abuse. You can find my bills along with others at www.legislature.ky.gov.
The proverbial legislative elephant in the room for the 2020 Session is, the General Assembly's duty to pass a balanced two-year budget and two-year road fund plan. My colleagues and I in the Kentucky Senate Majority are working diligently with members of the Kentucky State House in preparation for this crucial responsibility. The Kentucky Constitution dictates that the Biennial Budget must originate with the Kentucky State House. I look forward to continued discussions on this matter in the weeks ahead.
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 [email protected]. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent you in the 6th District and welcome your feedback throughout the 2020 Session.
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Note: Senator C.B. Embry, (R-Morgantown), represents the 6th District including Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, and Ohio Counties. He is vice chairman of Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee and co-chairman of the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee. He also serves as a member of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee; the Transportation Committee, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education.