Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ky. Senate Approves Cabinet Change

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would increase legislative influence over the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the executive branch.

The measure would create a nine-member board, chosen by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature. The board would select three candidates from which the governor would pick an undersecretary for the cabinet.

Sen. Julie Denton, a Republican from Louisville, is sponsoring the bill. Denton says the bill will bring more transparency to the functions of the cabinet.

Minority Leader R.J. Palmer of Winchester expressed concern that the measure goes too far in micromanaging the executive branch.

The bill passed on a 23-15 vote down party lines and now moves to the House for consideration.

The legislation is Senate Bill 82.