Senate Approves Plan to Restrict Governor's Authority

Feb 7, 2014

The Kentucky Senate Thursday approved a constitutional amendment measure which would give the legislature the ability to block administrative regulations proposed by the governor’s office when lawmakers are not in session.

  House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn’t believe it’s the right approach.  “I agree with the concept, but I don’t agree with doing it with a constitutional amendment and I’ve said that publicly.  We can fix statutorily what they are trying to fix without monkeying with the Constitution,” added Stumbo. The bill regarding gubernatorial authority is considered one of the highest priorities of Republican Senators.  The minimum wage bill is likewise regarded as a high priority of House democrats.