Cheers to Paducah Independent Sen. Bob Leeper for filing a bill limiting Kentucky General Assembly sessions to every other year instead of annually.
Before voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing annual sessions in 2000, the legislature met only in even-numbered years for 60 day sessions.
Unfortunately, Kentuckians were convinced by big-government types that allowing politicians to gather annually would result in the people’s work getting done on time and limit the need for special sessions, which drive up the cost of government.
“The way it was was better,” Leeper told the Senate State and Local Government Committee.
Counting all days in regularly scheduled and special sessions, the Legislature spent 505 days meeting between 2001 and 2010, compared to only 423 days during the previous decade and only 392 days during the decade of the 1980s.