GOP Senate leaders claim the 2017 legislative session as a huge success

03/31/2017 12:40 PM

FRANKFORT – Now that the 2017 legislative session has concluded, Republican Senate leaders and are looking at it as one the most productive sessions in the history of the General Assembly.

Most of the GOP’s priority bills were passed during the 30-day session, and Senate President Robert Stivers called the 2017 session “impressive.”

“We set out an agenda and we did it,” Stivers, R-Manchester, said. “I will say this, if we had a Democrat controlled chamber and they passed as much of their agenda as we did ours, I would say, hey, that’s impressive. This was an impressive session.”

Even though Stivers was happy with how much was passed this year, there were a couple of things that he wished would have been gotten through including HB 281, which would have redefined some of the powers of the attorney general in letting the governor, not the attorney general, be the voice of the state when filing amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“There was a bill that dealt with the workers compensation system that I wish would have gotten done,” Stivers said. “It can be revisited next year. This (HB 281) would have been a good bill to have gotten passed.”

In the final hours of session , Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, told members in the chamber that it “the most productive session of this General Assembly in modern memory.”

Gov. Matt Bevin has indicated he will call a special session this fall to deal with tax reform, and that’s something Stivers believes will happen.

“I think there’s a lot of work to do, a lot of information to be collected,” Stivers said. “It will be incumbent on the governor, and I have faith in him that he can do this, sell the commonwealth on the need for a special session.”

In looking ahead to 2018, Stivers sees legislation protecting kids in the commonwealth as a priority.

“The problems with Louisville and the child abuse, and how we give enough transparency and enough communication latitude, so individuals know, but do not embarrass a child or traumatize a child anymore by broadcasting a name, or getting it out where this child would be subject to public scorn, or ridiculed,” Stivers said.


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