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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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Sentate takes care of unfinished business

The Senate focused on promoting energy and election legislation that did not make it into law during last year’s session of the General Assembly, as well as introducing new legislation focusing on horse racing, child care safety and the state pension system.
The Senate passed two bills that also passed last year, but the House failed to consider. Senate Bill 34 lifts a prohibition against nuclear power plant construction in Kentucky.  This does not mean that a plant will be built in Kentucky soon, but it does allow us to be ready for the future if we need to adjust our energy approach due to economic or national security concerns.  
Also passed out of the Senate again was Senate Bill 41, which allows

Independent voters to vote in either the Democratic or Republican party primaries.  There are a large number of individuals presently registered as either Republican or Democrat who, in fact, consider themselves Independents.  
New legislation passed included Senate Bill 24, which allows Kentucky to join the newly drafted National Racing Compact.  The compact aims to create uniform rules and regulations for the horse racing industry in the United States, while protecting state sovereignty.  
We also approved Senate Bill 105 that requires a child-care center to have a written plan for evacuation in the event of fire, natural disaster or other threatening situation.  
Finally, Senate Bill 2 will reform the state pension by moving new state employees (with the exception of teachers, who do not participate in Social Security) to a “defined contribution” plan instead of the current “defined benefit” system, which is bankrupting Kentucky. 

To contact Thayer - damon.thayer@lrc.ky.gov.)  or 502-564-8100
or 1-800-372-7081 
 (Senator Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes southern Kenton County, and all of Grant, Owen and Scott Counties.)