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  Bill would strip Kentucky governor’s power to name state Transportation Secretary
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Last EditedRP  Nov 26, 2019 06:40am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorMarcus Green
News DateMonday, November 25, 2019 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Senate leaders are backing a bill that would limit the governor’s power to name a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, essentially shifting that role to a citizen board nominated by influential business and government groups.

The newly created board would develop the first draft of the state’s two-year road budget and base it on an “objective scoring system.” The governor’s administration now creates the plan sent to legislators.

The measure is sponsored by three Republicans in the GOP-controlled legislature – Sen. Jimmy Higdon; vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee; committee chair Sen. Ernie Harris; and Senate President Robert Stivers. It was prefiled on Nov. 5, the day Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
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