Looming filing deadline makes for another slow start to legislative session

01/24/2014 05:03 PM

Traditionally even-numbered year legislative sessions start out with a low hum of activity.

Sure there are floor speeches and addresses from the governor and popular bills with bipartisan support that find a way out to make it out of a chamber. But the bulk of legislative work, where there’s often controversy, comes after the candidate filing deadline on the last Tuesday of January.

Most lawmakers prefer to keep a somewhat low-profile in their support of controversial bills — lest they catch the attention of a rival at home who might seek to challenge the incumbent legislator.

So in the meantime, they walk on eggshells. Take a look:

So far, 17 bills have passed one chamber or the other in the first 13 work days of the session.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. is the deadline for candidates to file for office.

Former Senate President David Williams proposed bills before he left the Senate to move the candidate filing deadline to April — and the primary elections from May to August — as one way to avoid the early session swoons in even-year sessions. That bill never went far.

Pure Politics will have special filing deadline coverage on Tuesday’s edition of the show at 7pm eastern on cn|2.

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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