400 plus bills will be considered in the 30 day short session..and with
that comes a lot of ideas…some from new faces , and even some of
the veterans want to mix things up a bit.
“I’m optimistic it won’t be wasted time. I didn’t come up
here to sit on my hind end and suck my thumb,” said Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Kentucky House Speaker.
And there’s a lot of new blood in the mix…12 in the house. 5 in the
Senate. Jared Carpenter of Berea is among the freshmen lawmakers.
“I’m just an ordinary guy out working, got a young
family, never been in government, but I'm interested in doing the right
things for the every day working guy,” said Sen. Carpenter, R-Berea.
Senate Republicans want changes in education, charter schools, immigration,
and pension reform. House Democrats say hunting and fishing rights need
preserving, the drop out age should be raised, and some cold medicines be
"prescription only" to curb meth production. There’s also talk of tax
reform..or changes to the tax code.
“To make Kentucky the best place in America to create,
maintain a job, and be employed is what we need,” said Sen. David Williams, R-Senate President.
“You know we talk about tax modernization. It’s like the weather,
everybody wants to talk about it, nobody does anything about it,” said Stumbo.
But House Speaker Stumbo says he does welcome discussion of tax reform,
and others say that talk needs to start this year, but it’s doubtful any
legislation will get passed on it until next year.