FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky lawmakers are starting the new year by getting ready for the 2018 General Assembly.
Lawmakers report to Frankfort on Tuesday to begin, what many suspect, will be a tough session. They will try to deal with the public pension crisis and put together a two-year budget. In late December, Governor Matt Bevin ordered budget cuts across state government of 1.3% for the current fiscal year ending June 30. In addition, dozens of bills have already been pre-filed for consideration.
All of this will take place just months after Representative Jeff Hoover stepped aside from his leadership role of Speaker. That action coming after reports that he and other lawmakers secretly settled sexual harassment claims. Back in December, the House Majority said they will move forward with the leaders they already have in place, with Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne acting as speaker.
Since this all transpired many have raised questions about legally who holds the title of Speaker and who will gavel in the 2018 General Assembly.
We are told a caucus meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning could provide some answers to those questions. Both the House and Senate will gavel in at noon.
This session marks the second consecutive year with Republicans leading each branch in the state house. It's also an election year.