Senate Democrats and Republicans Debate Process on Floor

Feb 6, 2015

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Democrats in the Kentucky Senate sent a formal letter to the chamber’s president expressing concern about the pace of bill consideration.  Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones says the majority party’s method is not in line with a representative democracy.  "Since the republicans took control of the state senate, the process has been a fast track, railroad type process to moving legislation," said Jones.

Senate President Robert Stivers says the same procedure was used by democrats when they controlled the state senate.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the pace is about getting things done.  "But, there's no secrets here.  I mean everybody knows, this is what we're for.  These are the things we've been talking about.  So, I make no apologies for working," said Thayer.

The Senate yesterday approved a number of bills including measures related to abortion, prevailing wage, and medical malpractice.