FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Governor Andy Beshear vetoed some two dozen bills passed by the General Assembly in the last two days before their 10-day veto suspension, and when lawmakers are returned on Wednesday, they began voting to strike down the bills, one by one.
Both chambers must approve the waiver, starting with the chamber from which the bill originated but, unlike Congress, where a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate is required, a simple majority is all that is required. needed in Frankfurt for the measure to become law.
Among the most publicized Senate bills:
Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, would transfer many school governance decisions to local district superintendents, such as curriculum and principal hires, removing them from decision-making boards school-based, which were created by the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
It has been amended to include the provisions of SB 183, sponsored by Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, dealing with civic education, designating a body of historical documents and speeches in the classroom, in response to the national debate on critical race theory.
It passed in the Senate 24-12, a “passing” member, and 65-28 in the House.
Senate Bill 83 is called the Equity in Women’s Sports Act, by its sponsor, Senator Robbie Mills.
The measure would prevent transgender girls and women from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity from sixth grade through college.
Proponents say this would allow girls and women to compete with other biological women.
It would also ask the Kentucky High School Athletics Association to develop regulations requiring schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to nominate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based on the biological sex of students eligible to participate based on their certificate. birth, and prohibiting male students from participating in sports teams, activities and sports designated as “girls”.
Mills said that although the KHSAA already has a rule on the subject, “many believe there are flaws in that rule that could ultimately lead to a high school female athlete competing unfairly against a biological male.”
University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was on Capitol Hill to watch the vote on the legislation. Gaines is a four-time SEC champion and student-athlete All-American. Gaines also served for two years as captain of the UK team and qualified for the Olympic trials in 2016 and 2021.
She recently tied for fifth with Lia Thomas in the NCAA 200-meter freestyle. Thomas, a fifth-year swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, won the 500-meter freestyle in March, becoming the first transgender NCAA Division I champion.
“I know I speak for the majority of female athletes in all NCAA sports when I say biological men shouldn’t compete against women,” Gaines said. “It is crucial for the NCAA to open its eyes and recognize the irrefutable damage done to all that Title IX stands for: fairness, justice and creating opportunities for women to succeed at the level of the elite and in life.”
SB 83 cleared the Senate 29-8 and 72-23 in the House.
In the House, charter school legislation, House Bill 9, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, also received successful dispensation votes.
State law currently allows local school boards to serve as authorizers for charter schools, but if they refuse, applicants can appeal to the Kentucky Department of Education, and it continues. The only change for the authorization is that the requestor can ask KDE for technical support on the request, if it is denied. Local councils in districts with less than 7,500 pupils have an absolute right of veto if they do not sign a memorandum of understanding with a candidate.
The Senate voted 22-15 to pass HB 9 the Charter Schools Bill.
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House Bill 7, sponsored by Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, is a welfare reform bill.
In the Senate, Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, called it a cruel bill. “This bill will hurt Kentucky families. It will hurt the children of Kentucky, the elderly, the handicapped children. This is going to disproportionately affect parts of the Commonwealth that don’t have access to the health care food, child care and aid that Kentuckians depend on.
After clearing the House earlier, the Senate voted to override the veto 28-9.
House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, R-Elkton, would reduce state income tax by 1%, with possible future cuts based on increases in state revenue, and could reach zero.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, called it a landmark bill.
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said: ‘People are moving to states that reduce personal income tax. These are the states you see growing.
He added that this could mean between $500 and $1,000 a year in income tax savings.
It passed the House earlier and was approved by the Senate, 28 to 8, with a “pass” vote.