2021 Session Begins!

Posted By: Bryan Burns Legislative News,

The 2021 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly begins this first full week of January with the early introduction of bills and taking care of organizational issues. Both the House and Senate increased their Republican majorities as a result of the November 2020 elections. This will set up partisan battles with Democratic Governor Andy Beshear during this odd-year, 30-day session

Both the House and Senate have signaled their stances with the introduction of several bills that would limit the executive authority of Governor Beshear, especially as these executive powers relate to the COVID-19 Executive Orders issued by the governor in 2020. Another early focus of the legislature will be on limiting abortion rights. House Bill 2 would allow the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief as well as civil and criminal penalties to remedy violations of KRS Chapter 216B relating to abortion facilities.

House and Senate leadership continues with little change. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) remains the Senate President. David Givens (R-Greensburg) will serve as President Pro Tempore. David Osborne (R-Prospect) will again serve as the Speaker of the House and David Meade (R-Stanford) will be Speaker Pro Tempore.

The Kentucky Rural Water Association will not be hosting its annual Legislative Breakfast this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

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