27 bills in 30 days: Not all lawmakers viewed this as a short session

03/14/2013 08:29 AM

Legislators, lobbyists and reporters at the Capitol all have remarked that the 2013 session was unlike any short session because of the intensity in which lawmakers took up the work starting Feb. 6.

With more than 650 bills to debate and consider in a little more than a month, it’s no wonder.

Of those pieces of legislation, Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, carried 27 of them, and she has gotten 11 of them through the House.

Two of them have been passed by both chambers and are on the governor’s desk:

  • A measure to keep private the addresses on absentee ballots sent in by individuals who have taken out protection orders against someone for domestic violence or stalking (House Bill 222)

  • And a bill that requires athletic trainers to be licensed — not merely certified — by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

A third bill, one that would require nutritional supplements for newborns who are born premature, has been attached with a half-dozen other bills to another measure, House 366, that still has a chance to pass in the last two days of the session, March 25 and 26.

Jenkins also said despite the legislature passing some important bills, such as a fix to last year’s pill mill bill, the 2013 session would be a “failure” if pension reform didn’t get done.

Here’s the interview with Jenkins:

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