While we wait for the General Assembly to reconvene on Feb. 1, Kentuckians who support and defend constitutional principles should watch two important legislative items.
On Jan. 4, Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, and Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, introduced House Joint Resolution 8 which “urges Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010.”
Sponsors of the joint resolution were the first in the nation to file resolution for repeal at the state level. In light of the U.S. House voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Kentucky’s own health care debate could have a significant impact nationally if the legislature passes this resolution.
In addition, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will testify in Frankfort before the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Feb. 22 in support of the balanced budget amendment. This amendment could lead to a constitutional convention if two-thirds of state legislatures ask for one, as the U.S. Constitution requires.
“Congress has not acted on a balanced budget amendment, despite the overwhelming feeling of the American people that it would help put our nation’s fiscal house in order,” Paul said.
Check back for continued legislative updates during this year’s session, as we work to provide you with important information about the impact Frankfort’s decisions have on your constitutional liberties.