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More than 200 bills introduced on legislative session’s first day

By LRC Public Information

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2014) — The 2014 legislative session began Tuesday with 55 bills introduced in the Senate and 152 bills introduced in the House of Representatives. If history is a guide, a total of around 1,000 bills could be under consideration by lawmakers once the session is in full swing.

Among the legislation introduced, Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, would propose to voters a new section of the Kentucky Constitution that would authorize the General Assembly to prohibit the adoption of administrative regulations it finds deficient.  Currently, the legislature cannot change or remove administrative regulations enacted by the executive branch.

House Bill 1, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would include a raise on the state minimum wage which currently matches the federal standard of $7.25 per hour. Under this bill, the new minimum wage would be set at $8.10 per hour on July 1, 2014; $9.15 per hour on July 1, 2015 and $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2016. The bill would also amend the Kentucky Revised Statutes to prohibit wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race, or national origin.

HB 1 and SB 1 designations are typically reserved for measures important to each chamber’s top leaders.

More information on bills filed in the General Assembly can be viewed in the Legislative Record.