Thayer expects unfinished business from 2018 session to be acted on in 2019

05/10/2018 04:10 PM

ERLANGER – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says expect some unfinished business to be on the burner for the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Thayer, who was in Northern Kentucky on Thursday to speak at the Kenton County Rotary Club weekly meeting, says you can expect some familiar bills from 2018, which did not come up for a floor vote during the 2018 session, to be acted on in ’19.

“There were a couple of tort reform bills, Senate Bill 2, Senate Bill 20, I would say the controversial met metering bill which was House Bill 227, the constitutional amendment to move gubernatorial and other statewide elections to even numbered years,” Thayer said. “We missed that opportunity unfortunately, and I’m very disappointed that there were a handful of House Republicans who stood in the way of that, and I’m very disappointed in them.”

Another item Thayer will push for is mandatory electronic filing of candidate finance reports.

“The problem with all of these elections this year is that there are so many candidates filing paper copies of their reports is that they have to be keyed in by Registry of Election Finance employees before they can be made public on a website,” Thayer said. “What’s the use of having a 30-day pre-primary reporting deadline if here we are, two weeks later, and the information isn’t even out? That’s not good for transparency.”

Another priority which saw action in 2018 is tax reform, but Thayer believes that there is additional work which needs to be done in that area.

“I think what we did was a really good first step, but there’s probably more to be done,” Thayer said. “I would like to see us continue to lower the personal income tax rate down into the three percent range like they have in Indiana.”

The 2018 session saw some division among Republicans, especially in the House, and Thayer points to one major reason for that.

“When you get into these really tough issues, education, budget, pension reform –it’s hard and some people just don’t want to make the tough votes that are necessary,” Thayer said. “There are going to be differences between the House and Senate because our districts are different. Senate districts are three and a half times larger than House districts.”

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