Kentucky lawmakers get back to work in Frankfort

It’s back to work for Kentucky lawmakers in Frankfort on Tuesday as the 2022 session of the General Assembly kicks off.
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:49 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:51 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s back to work for Kentucky lawmakers in Frankfort on Tuesday as the 2022 session of the General Assembly kicks off.

The first day is about setting rules, organizing things for the rest of the session, swearing in new members and there was also a lot of debate in the House about some of those new rules, including some worried about masking rules not being followed.

Representative Mary Lou Marzian asked at one point why others were not masked up during debate on changes to rules.

One of those rules would allow members who test positive for COVID-19 to vote either in their annex offices or in their cars as long as they are on Capitol grounds.

It comes as this is the third regular session of the General Assembly taking place during the pandemic, with hundreds of bills to consider. Tuesday, lawmakers spent nearly an hour debating a rule change that will limit how much they spend debating bills.

Consideration of the first bills will take place Wednesday. The House redistricting bill is on tap for the noon election committee and the Senate president says their State Senate and Congressional maps are done also.

Questions will also arise on how best to spend that money, along with money left over from the American Rescue Plan. Once again, it’s a Republican majority, they set the agenda, but Democrats say they believe there’s a lot both sides can agree on.

Hundreds of bills have been profiled. They deal with everything from bills making it easier for some to vote, banning churches and some businesses closing in states of emergency, making the torture of a dog or a cat a felony, to making vaccine requirements illegal.

The 60-day legislative session is set to end on April 14.

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