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Senator Max Wise's Legislative Update: 15 Jan 2016
Senate action, pending action on: Prevailing wage, women's health rights, making CPR mandatory in Grades 9-12; lengthening look back years for DUI's from five to 10 years; provisional teaching certificate to Veterans after meeting certain criteria, among other issues.
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By KY Senator Max Wise, KY-16
FRANKFORT, KY (Fri 15 Jan 2016) - Floor votes, committee hearings, and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. Guests from all corners of the Commonwealth were welcomed to Frankfort to speak on behalf of various bills.
The Senate began passing bills on Thursday, headlined by Senate Bill (SB) 9, a measure to repeal the prevailing wage requirement on public school projects with a cost of over $250,000. Passage of this priority legislation will reduce construction costs on large-scale school projects, thus providing additional funding for education.
On Thursday we were visited by hundreds of young and energetic faces celebrating Children's Advocacy Day, sponsored by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The group hosted a rally in the Capitol Rotunda where several Senate majority members were recognized for their efforts in standing up for Kentucky's children.
From Senate committee meetings this week, two of our priority bills--SB 4 and SB 10--were reported favorably. SB 4 would require women seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with a doctor at least 24 hours in advance of the procedure as a measure to help further promote the value of life. SB 10 would move statewide elections to even-numbered years, thus promoting greater voter turnout and saving the Commonwealth money.
The Health and Welfare Committee reported an important bill I sponsored, SB 33, which would which would require students to receive CPR training one time while enrolled in grades 9-12. The same committee also passed SB 20, which would create an appeals process for Medicaid claims denied by a managed care organization.
Senate Bill 72, which clarifies when the Executive Branch must come before the legislature to make appropriations and protects the separation of powers in state government, and it passed out of the Licensing and Occupation Committee this week.
Senate Bill 56, which would extend the look-back window for DUI's from five years to 10, and SB 60, which would add further protections for vulnerable victims of sex crimes, were both reported out of the Judiciary Committee this week.
I also sponsored SB 52, which would allow veterans to receive a provisional teaching certificate after meeting certain criteria. SB 52 was reported out of the Education Committee, along with SB 81, which would require the Department of Education to create a system identifying students with military parents or families.
As we look forward to another busy week of session, I am proud of the bipartisan demeanor displayed thus far in the Senate and I will continue to commit myself to legislation that will move our Commonwealth forward.
If you have any questions or comments about the issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181. You can also review the Legislature's work online at www.lrc.ky.gov. # # # Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. Sen. Wise is Chair the Enrollment Committee, Vice Chair of Education, and a member of Appropriations and Revenue, Education, Economic Development, Tourism and Labor, Health and Welfare and Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committees. He is the Chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation and member of Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, NR, and EP. For a high-resolution .jpeg of Senator Wise, please visit: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/pubinfo/Portraits/Senate16.jpg
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