Lawmakers kick off 2018 General Assembly Session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- A new year means a new session of the Kentucky General Assembly and today marked to beginning of what lawmakers expect to be a busy 60 days.

This year’s general assembly is expected to be a big one as republicans who have full control of the legislature for the second year in a row look to distance themselves from the scandals of last year and focus on some big tasks like passing pension reform and crafting a state budget.

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Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne presided over the house as they came to order for the first time this year.

Osborne is filling in for House Speaker Jeff Hoover as an investigation into sexual harassment claims against him continues.

Also vacant was Representative Dan Johnson’s chair.

Jonhson killed himself last month, the same week he was accused of molesting a teenage girl.

During Tuesday’s session representatives stood for a moment of silence to honor Johnson’s life.

Moving forward now, the legislature is in for a busy session with republicans wanting to pass the pension reform they were trying to get done last year while also having to craft a state budget for the next two years.

Several bills have already been pre-filed.

Here’s a list of some of the more interesting.

One bill wants to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2025.

Another looks to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

The legalization of medical marijuana is also being proposed.

Finally, another bill wants to create a committee that would control all historical monuments in the state, this coming after several confederate monuments were removed by the city of Lexington last year.

Not every proposed bill focuses on such serious issues, on a lighter note, one bill is proposing to designate may 1st of every year “School Bus Driver Day”.