Ky. lawmakers get to work after mostly ceremonial first day of 2021 session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – The first day of the 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly was all about opening ceremonies and filing bills.

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Now, state lawmakers will get right to business dealing with the pandemic and Governor Beshear’s executive orders.

The House Standing Committee on State Government meets at noon on Wednesday. They’ll discuss House Bill 1, an economic recovery bill.

House members say the legislation would provide relief for businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19, provide guidelines for reopening schools, guidelines for visitation at long term care facilities.

Later this afternoon, the Senate Standing Committee on State and Local Government will look at Senate Bill 1. It deals with the balance of power and would require the legislature to act if a governor’s state of emergency lasts longer than 30 days.

Later this session, Senate members will also look at Senate Bills 3 and 5 which deal with reorganization and declaring an emergency. They also have Senate Bill 9 on the table which requires doctors to save the lives of infants born during botched abortions.

Lawmakers have said they plan to move quickly during this legislative session. Thursday morning, they could start negations on passing a one-year budget following the governor’s commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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