Amendment to move elections of KY officials clears first hurdle

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FRANKFORT, Ky.  (KT) - A proposed constitutional amendment to move elections of Kentucky officials to even-number years cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 4, sponsored by Sen.  Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, would take effect, if approved, following the 2019 elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer and Agriculture Commissioner, giving each of them a one-time, five-year term until the 2024 general election.


McDaniel told the Senate State and Local Government Committee this would mean big savings to state and county governments.  “This works out to about $1.5 million to the commonwealth and another $14 million locally.”


He also claimed it would triple voter participation in elections.


“We’re going to save money, simplify our elections process and increase voter participation,” McDaniel told the panel.  “I can’t imagine anything more American than all that.”


The bill passed on an 8-2 vote, with the “no” votes cast by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, and Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson.


It now heads to the Senate floor, where it’s believed a final vote will take place on Thursday.

 

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