Sen. Higdon says he expects David Williams to do what he promised and work with governor

11/27/2011 09:01 PM

Republican state Sen. Jimmy Higdon said David Williams struck the right tone in his concession speech on Election Night this month — and that he expects Williams to keep true to it.

“He pretty much said he was willing to work with the governor and to move forward on legislation and to work with the House and the Senate. And I take him at his word,” said Higdon, who represents the 14th district and lives in Lebanon.

Higdon said he expects Williams to serve the rest of his two-year term as Senate president through all of 2012. And he said he didn’t expect Republicans to replace him.

“At this time, no,” Higdon said after the 4:15 mark.

As for what the Republican Senate majority pushes, Higdon said that will be decided at the group’s retreat in mid-December. But he said the agenda won’t necessarily be a rehash of the Senate GOP’s bills from 2011. Only two of those 13 proposals became law.

“A lot changes in a year’s time. Do we want all of those issues back?” Higdon said at the 1:00 mark.

Higdon said the 13 bills from the Senate Republicans’ 2011 agenda were not just driven by Senate President David Williams, who was running for the GOP nomination for governor at the time.

“Yes, you can probably say that some of them were campaign related but the lion’s share came from the majority caucus,” Higdon said just before the 3:00 mark.

One issue that will be on the 2012 agenda is “reciprocity” in the pension system, in which a lawmaker can get a higher pension payout upon retirement by taking a higher paying job elsewhere in government.

Higdon also explained his proposal for a constitutional amendment to limit legislative sessions to 30 days — even on even years. Currently, even-year sessions that require passage of a two-year state budget last for 60 days. (4:45 of video)

He addressed the issue of expanded gambling (6:45).

And he said it’s time to look at re-evaluating the need for certain constitutional officers: lieutenant governor, state treasurer, agriculture commissioner and constables. (7:45)


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