Senate President Robert Stivers

Kentucky Senate Budget Keeps Most Of Bevin’s Cuts, No New Revenue

Mar 20, 2018
Stu Johnson

Republicans in the state Senate have proposed keeping most of the budget cuts sought by Gov. Matt Bevin, while rejecting House Republicans’ plan to raise about $500 million through taxes on cigarettes and pain pills.

The spending plan quickly passed out of committee Tuesday morning and passed out of the full Senate after a debate Tuesday evening.


Budget Review Begins in Kentucky House

Jan 22, 2018
Stu Johnson

Now that Governor Bevin has offered his two year budget for review, the state’s 138 lawmakers will begin their work, culminating with floor votes in each chamber.  The House gets the first shot at the budget as outlined in statute. 

Early Action on Constitutional Amendment

Jan 10, 2018
Stu Johnson

The Kentucky Senate easily passed a bill supporting a constitutional amendment Wednesday to create a victims’ bill of rights. Typically, general assembly changes to the state constitution come later in the session. 

Senate President Robert Stivers says he could envision four such amendments winning approval.  If so, the Clay County lawmaker says that would break precedent. “I can’t remember, I honestly, in my career I can’t remember us having really more than two,” said Stivers.

Stu Johnson

Senate President Robert Stivers says modified legislation to overhaul the state’s public pension systems could be introduced next week.  He said Friday, the bill could be dropped in the basket as early as Monday, but he called the middle of next week a more likely "target date."

“When we get this I think what we will do is have a discussion among ourselves, brief the other caucuses, discussion with the executive branch and then choose the location for which we decide to start it.”

Kentucky Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal; Over $1 Billion For Pensions

Apr 14, 2016

State lawmakers have come to an agreement on a budget that makes nearly across-the-board spending cuts, enacts performance funding for higher education and puts more money into the ailing state pension systems.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo called it “an adequate and effective blend” of the House, Senate and Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget priorities.

Senate President Robert Stivers said the bill was ready for a vote.

“I believe we have an agreement on all issues related to the budget,” Stivers said.

Senate President Give Ominous Budget Prediction

Jan 21, 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to deliver his State of the Commonwealth Budget Address on Tuesday. It likely to include a call for serious belt tightening. 

Less than a week before Gov. Bevin presents his formal proposal for what Kentucky’s state budget should look like, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers, Bevin’s ally, gave this ominous prediction: 
“I think this budget that will be introduced and proposed by the executive branch will be one of the most austere budgets that I’ve seen in my 20 years in the General Assembly,” said Stivers. 

Senate Session Moving Slower Than 2015

Jan 12, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The pace in the Kentucky Senate during the 2016 session of the state general assembly is quite different from that of last year. During 2015’s 30 day session, senate republicans moved some of their priority measures during the first week.  Senate President Robert Stivers says it’s possible, but not likely, bills could make it to the floor by weeks’ end.  “We’re not under the time constraints that we were last year with the 30 day session.  We have a 60 day session this year, so we don’t feel pushed to move bills quickly,” said Stivers.

Smoking Ban Fate Uncertain in Senate

Feb 20, 2015

All eyes are on Kentucky’s state senators to see if they’ll move on the House’s proposed statewide smoking ban.

Senate President Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, has said he doesn’t see support for the bill in the upper chamber.

“If there is, and individuals want to vote on it and can get committee votes and want to get it to the floor it will move in the normal and ordinary course,” Stivers said.

Dating Violence Protections Sail Out of KY House Committee

Feb 10, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


With support from Kentucky's governor and legislative leaders in both chambers, the dating violence bill is heading to the House floor.  Final passage appears more likely than ever.

Efforts to extend civil protections to dating couples in Kentucky began some six legislative sessions ago.  Prior to the bill's first committee hearing, Governor Beshear predicted the measure would pass.  "For several sessions we have been discussing these protections, this session, we're gonna pass a bill," said Beshear.