GOP leaders happy with quick pace in General Assembly

01/06/2017 04:02 PM

FRANKFORT – House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers are pleased with the fast pace from the GOP during the first week of the General Assembly in which several priority bills have been put on the fast track to passage.

House legislation concerning right-to-work, repealing prevailing wage for public works construction projects, and a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion takes place, and Senate legislation concerning a 20-week abortion ban, a new procedure and makeup of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, and a “paycheck protection act” which would set forth requirements for labor organizations collecting moneys for dues and for political activities, have had their readings and committee hearings and are set to passed during a rare Saturday session before the session breaks until February 7.

Hoover says that he has been pleased with the quick pace and says that’s what the majority of voters in the commonwealth desire.

“We did not come up here to sit around for a week and do nothing,” Hoover said. “We got a mandate in November to take this state in a different direction and do things differently, and that’s exactly what we have done this week.”

Some House Democrats have balked a the one hour time limit, imposed during Thursday’s session for proponents and opponents of House Bill 1, House Bill 2, and House Bill 3, which were passed by the body.

Hoover said limiting the discussion was not a huge deal because just about every member of the House knew how they would vote on the bills.

“We thought it was fair to give each side 30 minutes to state their position,” Hoover said. “That’s a fair way to do it.”

Senate President Stivers agreed with Hoover and is not concerned about rushed legislation which might have some holes in it.

“If there’s something that we need to go back on, if there’s something that we need to go back on, understand that the last bill passed becomes law, we can correct it in February,” Stivers said.


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