With the Senate's adjournment on Friday, we have officially reached the halfway mark on the 2023 30-day Legislative Session. Week four was the most productive yet, as the Senate passed over 20 bills, sending them to the state House of Representatives for consideration. This meant an incredibly busy week for me as Senate Majority Floor Leader as I led the chamber through the daily legislative floor proceedings.
The 2023 Legislative Session is moving along, with Senate committees approving numerous measures for the full chamber's consideration. Several bills have cleared the chamber and have made their way over the state House of Representatives. Here are some of the bills clearing the state Senate in week three:
Lawmakers returned to Frankfort on Tuesday to reconvene following a constitutionally required break in the 2023 30-day legislative session. We immediately got back to work, passing House Bill 1, which codifies the income tax reduction from 5 percent to 4.5 percent that went into effect on January 1. The bill lowers the income tax to 4 percent beginning on January 1, 2024. Additional tax reform, moving away from taxing production and more emphasis on consumption, not only keeps more money in wage earners' pockets but also builds on the record years of economic success in the commonwealth, primarily because of conservative, pro-business policies enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly.
As we convene the 2023 regular session, I would like first to wish you a happy new year. I honored to once again serve as Senate majority floor leader; the longest-serving Republican majority floor leader in state history. This 2023 legislative session kicked off on a storm-filled Tuesday with heavy rains and high winds. Floor activity on day one of session felt like a whirlwind itself, as the body welcomed new members along with their closest friends and family who were special guests in the Senate chamber and gallery.
Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has been awarded the 2022 County Advocate award from the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) for his leadership and responsiveness to county needs. “Leader Thayer understands the vital role counties play in the commonwealth,” said KACo Executive Director and CEO Jim Henderson. “He works closely with the elected county officials in his own district, and he always has an open door for KACo to be heard. There has never been a time that I’ve reached out to Leader Thayer that he wasn’t immediately responsive. We are extremely grateful to have such a valued relationship in the Senate.”
FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 8, 2022) – Senate President Robert Stivers and Senate leadership announced 2023-24 Senate Majority Caucus member committee assignments on Monday. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has been appointed to the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. He will continue his service as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Licensing and Occupations Committee and State and Local Government Committee.