KY Senate Panel OKs Constitutional Amendment Restricting Governor's Power

Jan 30, 2014

Credit Courtesy of Commonwealth of Kentucky

Senate Republicans in Kentucky have started pushing one of their top priorities — a proposed ballot measure seeking to put restrictions on the governor's power to issue administrative regulations.

The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a 7-4 party-line vote yesterday.

Democrats on the committee voted against the proposal. The measure seeks to amend the state's constitution to give lawmakers more power to rein in regulations.

It would enable lawmakers to block an executive branch regulation from taking effect by declaring it deficient.

The issue would be decided by Kentucky voters if it reaches the ballot. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he's sympathetic to the effort but questions whether a constitutional amendment is the right approach.