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Mar 23 • 21 tweets • 3 min read
Gov. Andy Beshear is kicking off his weekly presser. He says he plans on signing several bills. No mention of any potential vetoes. 👀
Beshear signed HB 538 -- the student discipline bill -- into law.

HB 538 allows principals to create policies to handle disruptive kids ... much like how it is now.

No major, required changes in this now-law. #KYGA23
Beshear also said he plans on having another press event tomorrow at 11 a.m. where he plans on signing more bills.
Factoring in the eight new bills the LRC site says Beshear has signed today, Beshear has signed 53% of the bills and resolutions that made it to his desk before the veto period.

No vetoes yet. #KYGA23
Beshear is now signing more bills. First up is Rep. Kim Moser's biomarker testing bill/now-law.
Next up: HB 146. This one expands unemployment coverage from 12 to 16 weeks, along with a few other changes to unemployment.

Beshear says this is a step in the right direction, but requests more review to match other states with longer coverage times. #KYGA23
Next up: SB 30 which deals with automatic renewals. Companies basically have to tell you more about when a free trial will start charging you. #KYGA23
SB 281 is next - requires more of the state's fleet of vehicles to be hybrid or alternative fuel-based.
There are *many* pens still on the bill-signing desk, might be a while
HB 544 -- which calls for regulation of delta-8 in Kentucky -- up now.
HJR 76, which gives money to Kentucky State Parks to make renovations and improvements, up now.
It has come to my attention that the pens on the desk are not decreasing because a staffer is providing a new pen for each bill.
"Finally," we have SJR 58 which names a historical corridor.
This week's Team Kentucky All-stars: Governor's Cup students!

@governorscup
Question time.

Me: Do you plan on vetoing SB 150?

Beshear: I think I've been clear how I feel about it.
Beshear believes SB 150 will cause an increase in teen suicides in Kentucky.

He can't believe ever treating a coworker like the Senate GOP has treated Sen. Karen Berg.
He did not explicitly say he will veto SB 150 or when that could drop but ... pretty safe to say it is coming at some point in the next five days.
On the student discipline bill: Beshear says it really comes down to school safety during a time we've seen some scary incidents in schools across the country.
On SB 5: Beshear says they're still looking at it at both considering how many districts already have complaint policies, and in light of its potential impact
Beshear: "This session, we could have been lifting people up...unfortunately, it went in a different direction."
Beshear clarifies that Jason Glass is *the* education commissioner, not *his* education commissioner.

Gov's office not involved in that hiring process. That's all the Ky Board of Ed.

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Mar 24
🚨Gov. Andy Beshear has VETOED Senate Bill 150.
Beshear also vetoed Senate Bill 107, which would make Kentucky's education commissioner subject to Senate confirmation.
NEW: As expected, Kentucky's governor has rejected one of the nation's most extreme pieces of anti-trans legislation. #KYGA23

courier-journal.com/story/news/pol…
Read 6 tweets
Mar 24
.@GovAndyBeshear just dropped his first set of vetoes for #KYGA23.

SB 150 is *not* on the list, but here's what is:
House Bill 4 regarding electric generating facilities.

apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/23rs/hb…
House Bill 329 allowing the state treasurer to end government contracts as recommended by a legislative committee.

apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/23rs/hb…
Read 7 tweets
Mar 23
I've been getting some questions about this statement. So, let's chat.
First, a point of context: Sen. Mike Wilson is the sponsor of SB 107.

All SB 107 does now is require Kentucky's education commissioner to be confirmed by the Senate every four years.

Floor debates signaled this bill was directly aimed at ed commish Jason Glass.
In Wilson's statement, he blamed Glass for shuttering schools due to COVID-19.

Glass got hired mid-2020, so he wasn't here when schools first closed and future calls came from executive order - not him.
Read 14 tweets
Mar 16
Hello from Frankfort! It is Day 28 of #KYGA23.

We have about 15 hours until the veto period.

All eyes are on the Senate, which tried to and failed to debate and vote on HB 470 last night.

courier-journal.com/story/news/pol…
HB 551, the sports betting bill, just got a second reading in the Senate. This means it could get a full Senate vote March 29 or 30. #KYGA23
The Senate is going to do introductions and concurrence of bills, then break for committee meetings.

HB 470 can't come up until after those meetings. #KYGA23
Read 109 tweets
Mar 15
👀 Rep. Josh Calloway filed a floor amendment today to add the anti-drag language to Senate Bill 5.

SB 5 is supposed to be voted on tonight. Amendments are supposed to be filed at least a day in advance. #KYGA23
The House can vote to ignore "the 24-hour rule" and hear the amendment anyway.

They often do NOT do that ... for Dems. But for Republicans ...
Calloway signed and dated each of his amendments (I think he has five on SB 5 alone).

This amendment is dated "3-5-2023."
Read 5 tweets
Mar 15
Hello from the Kentucky Senate! It is Day 27 of the 30-day legislative session.

We're expecting a Senate vote on House Bill 470, the omnibus anti-trans bill, at some point today.

Stay tuned. #KYGA23
Senate Bill 47, the medical cannabis bill, just got a second reading. That could be passed out of the Senate tomorrow. #KYGA23
House Bill 319, the teacher shortage bill, just got a first reading in the Senate. #KYGA23
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