2015 General Assembly had "one of the most productive sessions in recent history," Beshear says

03/25/2015 07:39 PM

FRANKFORT — In the final year of his term, Gov. Steve Beshear says lawmakers stepped up to the plate and delivered for the people of Kentucky in his last session as governor.

Legislative leaders in the House and Senate agreed that key bills made it out of their chambers and onto the governor’s desk.

“When you look at the laundry list of measures that are going to become law in Kentucky. Obviously, the heroin bill was a top priority for all of us,” Beshear said. “Booster seats and increasing requirements of kids and our booster seats is going to save lives in Kentucky.

“You just look at issue after issue — dating violence and other issues that passed over the session. One of the biggest things that we had to do was the fix on the gas tax.”

Beshear said he was “very satisfied” with the legislative session and did not see any need to call a special session.

Wednesday morning after the House adjourned sine die House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the House “had a good session.”

“Overall, I think the General Assembly did a pretty good job even though it took us to the very last day and the final hours,” Stumbo said, listing the heroin legislation, dating violence protections for dating partners and gas tax fix as key bills that passed.

“It was a pretty darn good session,” he said.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told reporters Wednesday morning that it’s not up to him to measure success, but that he felt the General Assembly delivered on the promises made before the session started in January.

Stivers also listed heroin, dating violence, funding to build an expanded research center at the University of Kentucky and telecommunications deregulation as key bills delivered during the session.

Political reporter Kevin Wheatley contributed to this report

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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