Special session could be called for Kentucky lawmakers to discuss police reform

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 11:41 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Some members of the Kentucky General Assembly held a news conference Thursday afternoon following a meeting with the governor.

Governor Beshear met with members of the Black Caucus after his COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. Lawmakers say Governor Beshear reached to them to make sure their voices are heard.

Representatives Reginald Meeks and George Brown said Thursday they are having ongoing meetings with the governor to “flush out” issues and say they want more seats at the table with Republicans on issues deeply affecting or impacting them.

Their news conference comes in the wake of numerous protests and civil unrest in Louisville and other cities. There have also been whispers of a possible special session to address police reform.

Already some states have called special sessions, including Wisconsin where recent violence and destruction followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

“And given that at least one of the senators talked about one of the things that could be addressed was institutional racism or racism in general, in her words, police reform and others, that this is a place where we have got to start,” Gov. Beshear said,

If there was a special session, it would come at a cost of about $60,000 a day.

Typically, leadership wants to have a solid agreement that a bill can be given the appropriate hearings, readings, and to pass both chambers within a week’s time. Under the Kentucky constitution, the governor has the sole power to call a special session and to set its agenda.

Regardless of if there is a special session, Representative George Brown of Lexington said there will be legislation in the 2021 session central to the issues that concern them.

House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins said Thursday that they hope to have their agenda dealing with policing and criminal justice reform finished within 30 days.

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