Republican leaders to select Senate President next week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republicans leaders in the Senate will meet next week to caucus on Kentucky's next Senate president.

The GOP will meet Tuesday to vote on who they support to serve in the role: Republican Sen. Robert Stivers, who has served as floor leader for the past four years, or Independent Sen. Bob Leeper, who has served as Senate budget committee chairman.

Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Dan Seum said Leeper's eligibility to run for the position might be challenged before the caucus Tuesday since he is seeking to serve in a Republican role yet he is registered as an Independent.

The vote will be taken by secret ballot, but the choice won't be officials until all senators vote during the legislative session that begins in January.