The Senate began its final days by addressing the vetoes made by Governor Bevin. While I appreciated Governor Bevin’s concerns regarding the civil liberties of individuals impacted by Senate Bill 91, the sponsor and others had carefully crafted language to put safeguards in place to protect those liberties. Thus, both chambers voted in unison again to make SB 91 law. Moreover, the legislature overturned three additional vetoes as well.
The passage of these key pieces of legislation capped off a productive last week and a historically productive legislation session overall. I am so proud of the work we accomplished and am already looking forward to the next step. With bold leadership, active constituencies, and renewed energy throughout the state, Kentucky’s best days are certainly ahead.
And now, a summary of some final pieces of legislation we passed before adjourning the 2017 Session of the General Assembly:
• House Bill 33, ensures the safety of our children by establishing a process for parents or guardians to notify schools for the purpose of identifying other family members or neighbors authorized to contact or pick up/remove a child at school;
• House Bill 78, which relates to patient notification of mammogram results showing dense tissue;
• House Bill 206, which establishes a Dual Credit Scholarship Program for high school students to receive high school credit and credit toward postsecondary education or training;
• House Bill 253, “The Tucker Act,” which sets provisions to require unannounced visits to the residence or location where the reported child abuse or neglect occurred;
• House Bill 309, outlining a process through which victims of domestic violence may terminate a lease and also sets provisions for reporting of domestic violence;
• House Bill 333 increases penalties for trafficking controlled substances while also limiting prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances for acute pain to a three day supply, with certain exceptions;
• House Bill 522, allowing a state agency child who is at least 17 years old to seek a high school equivalency diploma.
• House Bill 524, strengthening laws against human trafficking.
Please remember that as part time legislators, our adjournment on Thursday does conclude all our constitutionally required activity for the year unless called into a special session by Governor Bevin. We will begin monthly committee meetings soon where we will hear policy which will undoubtedly pop up in future sessions. I also intend to conduct town hall meetings in the community to provide a legislative update to citizens in the district. Be sure to check the local papers and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RalphAlvaradoMD for information on the dates and times of all community town hall forums. Please continue to reach out with any thoughts, concerns, or issues you may have. It has been an honor serving your interest again this year.