Senate OKs amendment to move election of governor

Staff, wire reportsFebruary 26, 2013 

The state Senate approved a constitutional amendment Monday to hold the election of governor and other constitutional officials in even-numbered years every four years, beginning in 2016. The vote on Senate Bill 48 was 25-12, mostly along party lines. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, said his bill would save the state $1.4 million and increase voter participation in elections for governor by having them the same years as elections for president. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has said he has not heard any complaints about Kentucky’s election cycles.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was elected to a second four-year term in 2011 and would serve an extra year under the proposal. Panel OKs bill to close amusement ride loophole

Kentucky is coming closer to closing a loophole that allows amusement ride operators to avoid paying fines for safety ­violations.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Small Business has approved a bill that requires operators to pay fines regardless of a change in their business’s name or ownership. Operators have been able to dodge fines after ­transferring ownership or ­renaming themselves, ­according to Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-­Louisville, the bill’s sponsor. McGarvey told The Associated Press his bill stems from a state investigation into an amusement ride operator. The senator declined to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

Senate Bill 103 was approved on a 21-0 vote Monday. It now proceeds to the full House for consideration. The Senate has approved the measure. staff, wire reports

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