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Executive orders legislation moves on to the Kentucky House

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Stu Johnson
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The Kentucky Senate is looking at the executive powers of the governor. A change in reviewing executive orders issued by the governor was approved by the Senate Monday. Supporters say it sets up a framework for tracking executive orders. Lawrenceburg GOP Senator Adrienne Southworth voted yes, saying it will make it clear when executive orders happen.

“People need to know where to go. We do have a one-stop shop. It’s not amazing, but I know how to look it up and try to help other people do it. But, we need to get it more organized. We need to know what’s on the books and what’s not, so we don’t have multiple books,” said Southworth.

Minority Floor Leader, Louisville Democratic Senator Morgan McGarvey said Senate Bill four was unnecessary, it further erodes executive power, and possibly violates the constitution.

“All executive orders issued by the executive branch are made public, they are transparent, they’re made readily available. This body already has the authority to come in and through statue undo executive orders,” said McGarvey.

Bill Sponsor Paris GOP Senator Stephen West said the measure doesn’t infringe on the authority of the executive branch. The bill passed 27 to eight. It now heads to the House.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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