Local legislators talk bills, action in Frankfort

As work continues in Frankfort for the Kentucky General Assembly, local legislators are busy in the state capitol, filing their own measures and advocating for western Kentucky. 

While they await further information on a budget and a Road Plan, a flurry of bills have come before committee and the legislative floors, including House Bill 143, which would put a constitutional amendment to add that “no person who is not a citizen of the United States shall be allowed to vote in this state.”  

Senator Whitney Westerfield says the state’s constitution already does that, so he considers it a non-issue.

Meanwhile, a public hearing was held in Frankfort by the Public Service Commission concerning the solar panel project slated for northern Christian County, and Representative Myron Dossett says he’s keeping a close eye on it.  He’s a big believer in landowner rights, but he’s concerned about how far that extends when it starts affecting other people.

House Bill 86 passed the House last week and Representative Walker Thomas says it would expand who is eligible to be buried in a Kentucky Veterans’ Cemetery.

Heading to the full House for consideration is House Bill 10, an omnibus measure aimed at supporting maternal and infant health care and reducing the high mortality rate for mothers in Kentucky.

The legislation would require health plans to cover pregnancy, child birth and postpartum care along with in-home treatment for substance use disorder. It would also require plans to cover labor and delivery costs and all services and supplies related to breastfeeding.