FRANKFORT, Ky. — After a nearly month-long adjournment, lawmakers have returned to Frankfort for the remainder of the 2023 legislative session. 

What You Need To Know

  • Both the Kentucky House and Senate convened in Frankfort Tuesday

  • Senate President Robert Stivers believes his chamber will vote on a few bills this week

  • Two bills, HB 1 and 2, will be discussed by a Senate committee Wednesday morning

  • Lawmakers will meet again Wednesday at 2 p.m.

In both the House and Senate, many new bills were introduced, covering a range of topics from marijuana to firearm regulations to energy. 

Kentucky Senate

While there was not much movement on already introduced bills Tuesday, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, believes his chamber could vote on a few bills this week. 

Stivers specially mentioned House Bills 1 and 2. HB 1 deals with lowering state income tax to 4% next year. HB 2 provides funding for a veterans' center in Bowling Green. 

Both bills passed in the House in January. 

Stivers added lawmakers will continue to look into the state's juvenile justice system, which has come under fire for safety and staffing issues. 

“We wanted, you know, recommendations from the executive branch on those problem areas that we may need to put more money into pay, and we have heard nothing as it relates to corrections officers,” Stivers said. "One to keep the ones we have and to entice juvenile detention officers to come in and work in those systems.”

In January, the Senate voted to adopt a resolution creating a work group to gather more information on the DJJ.

Kentucky House of Representatives

Members of the House impeachment committee now plan to move forward with the impeachment of 21st Judicial circuit commonwealth’s attorney Ronnie Lee Goldy Jr. 

The committee reviewed the evidence that Goldy requested and received inappropriate personal information from a defendant as a quid pro quo for their actions. 

Kentucky law states the articles of impeachment shall be presented to the Senate within five days. 

Both chambers will reconvene Wednesday at 2 p.m.