Senate Bill 55, also sponsored by Givens, prohibits the commissioner of education or Kentucky Department of Education from withholding SEEK funds from a local district to punish districts or district officials. (SEEK is the primary funding formula for Kentucky public schools.)
Givens said, “To my knowledge there have been no attempts to do this, but there have been rumors.” The bill passed 36-0.
Senate Bill 53, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, and Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, allows ethics commissions in Jefferson and Fayette counties, both of which have merged city-county governments, to issue subpoenas. It passed 36-0.
The fourth bill passed by the Senate is SB 45, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would allow warrants to be issued electronically. It passed 36-0.
All four measures now go to the House for action.
Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at email@example.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.