The 2011 Kentucky General Assembly convenes today for its 30-day short session. Lawmakers will break the last three weeks of January and re-convene on February 1. While the first week of a short session is generally limited to leadership elections and committee assignments, the Senate Republicans plan on passing their legislative “Agenda for Prosperity,” thirteen bills ranging from immigration and tax reform to government transparency. Governor Beshear has said his goals for the session include balancing the cash-strapped Medicaid budget and raising the school dropout age from 16 to 18.
As always, the Kentucky Chamber will be closely monitoring the session and weighing in on bills that could affect your business. Stay tuned for updates on leadership elections, committee assignments, and bill tracking.