FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The House passed a proposed constitutional amendment that could give lawmakers and others power to approve or reject administrative regulations created by state agencies.
Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, is sponsoring the measure that would give the General Assembly, or any agency or committee it creates, the power to review, approve or disapprove any administrative regulation adopted by the Executive Branch of government, even when lawmakers are not in session.
Currently, those regulations remain in effect until acted upon when the General Assembly is in session, although the agencies do present them to the Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations during the interim period.
“During discussions in the past, people have expressed concerns regarding upsetting checks and balances between the branches of government,” Imes said. “It is important to remember that the Legislative Branch is constitutionally empowered with enacting the laws of this commonwealth, not the Executive Branch, and not the Judicial Branch. It is the Legislative Branch that grants the Executive Branch the authority to promulgate regulations to carry out the laws we have passed.”
Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville, opposed the measure, saying it "opens the door to us not being a part-time legislature."
The bill passed 68-22, and now heads to the Senate.
The House also approved a bill that would establish a professional development and wellness program for law enforcement officers.
Rep. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, said the measure "provides mental health support for officers who encounter a tragic event, such as a shooting, or witnessing a horrific crime."
He said there is a three-day program, followed by several follow-up sessions over a year.
“According to one study, 140 officers commit suicide each year,” Fleming said. “Up to 20 percent suffer PTSD.”
The bill cleared the chamber 95-0 and was sent to the Senate.