Senate Passes Proposed Amendment On Regulations

Feb 6, 2014

The Kentucky Senate has passed its self-identified number one legislative priority, reining in the powers of the governor's office.

Senate Bill 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to block administrative regulations issued by the governor's administration when the General Assembly isn't meeting.

Republican Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown says the measure would provide a check on executive branch powers that have allowed the governor to establish programs like Common Core education standards and the Kynect health care exchange.

Democratic Sen. Julian Carroll of Frankfort, a former governor, says the measure goes too far and creates an imbalance of power between the two branches of government.

The measure passed the Senate 24-14 and now moves to the House. It would go on the November ballot if the legislature passes it.