This was the letter received from Sen. Givens today, 2.17.16:
Senator David Givens President Pro Tempore
Week in Review
A Hollywood actress, numerous rallies, and winter weather were among the highlights of a busy sixth week of session in the Kentucky General Assembly. With a wide variety of guests, packed committee meetings, and plenty of bills passing, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.
The national organization Save the Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Shriver, who is the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, along with Ms. Garner to Frankfort, and we thank them for their efforts in helping children across the state.
We also welcomed the Kentucky Right to Life Association to the Capitol for a Rally for Life in the Capitol Rotunda. Governor Bevin held a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill (SB) 4, the first piece of pro-life legislation the Kentucky General Assembly has considered in over 12 years. The Senate is still working to pass more pro-life legislation, and we hope to see those bills signed into law by the end of session in April.
In an attempt to ease the burden on managed care providers, Senate Bill 20 would create an independent review process for health-care providers to appeal claims that have been denied by Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) contracted by Kentucky to administer Medicaid. Under the current structure, appeals have to be made directly to the MCOs. The legislation is modeled after existing laws in Virginia and Georgia.
Protection of children’s identity was embodied in Senate Bill 23. Identity theft is not just a problem for adults, children are victims too. In fact, the sponsor said one in 40 households with children under 18 had at least one child’s information compromised by identity thieves. SB 23 would give parents the right to place a “security freeze” on their child’s credit report if they felt the need. SB 23 also allows guardians of vulnerable citizens to place freezes on those citizens’ credit reports.
Senate Bill 5, another priority bill, passed out of committee this week. SB 5 would remove the names of county clerks from marriage licenses, a bill crafted after county clerk Kim Davis was faced with criminal charges for standing up for her religious beliefs.
Share the road is more than a slogan. It is now a proposed legislative remedy to help protect bicyclists traveling highways with motorists. Senate Bill 80 calls for drivers to respect a three-foot passing distance when encountering a bicycle on the road. It would also allow motorists to cross the double yellow line to honor the three-foot rule. The sponsor said SB 80 is similar to laws already on the books in 23 other states and would promote “bicycle tourism” around Kentucky Trail Towns.
With nearly half the session under our belt, some noteworthy dates are approaching. The last day for legislators to request a bill is February 19. The last day for new Senate bills to be introduced is March 3. Leaders from the House of Representatives – where spending bills must originate – have said they hope to get their budget bills to the Senate by the end of the second week of March. The Senate will then get a chance to amend those budget bills.
That does not mean the Senate is not studying the Governor’s proposed budget. The Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue recently held its first meeting on the Governor’s proposed budget. The challenge in crafting a new 24-month budget is the billions of dollars unfunded pension liabilities and the costs of expanded Medicaid.
You can stay up-to-date on the budget negotiations and other legislative actions throughout the session by logging onto the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) website at www.lrc.ky.gov or by calling the LRC toll-free bill status line at 866-840-2835. For committee meeting schedules, please call the meeting information line at 800-633-9650. To comment on a bill, please call the legislative message line at 800-372-7181.
Well, there you have it. Follow the links above much like following the money and you can see for yourself what they have been doing besides having lunch with famous people. It looks like a lot of busy work to me. I can damn sure tell what they have not been doing and that would be following thru with SB13 “Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act” which remains, as far as I know in Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S). Here is a list of those members:
- Sen. John Schickel [Chair]
- Sen. Paul Hornback [Vice Chair]
- Sen. Joe Bowen
- Sen. Tom Buford
- Sen. Julian M. Carroll
- Sen. Denise Harper Angel
- Sen. Jimmy Higdon
- Sen. Ray S. Jones II
- Sen. Christian McDaniel
- Sen. Dan “Malano” Seum
- Sen. Damon Thayer
Everyone needs to back them up and start raising Hell about the situation. They can sit up there all day and visit with Actresses and other ‘famous people’ and get next to nothing done when they have a very important Bill that impacts everyone’s life for the better and they all but simply refuse to get up off their asses and accomplish something that is real. And to top it all off they spent our money to decide which men are going to be eligible to receive Viagra prescriptions!
The Bullshit ends now!
Quit messing around with people’s lives and making them worse, and do something to make it better for the people of this State!