Changes mean citizens can follow legislative action faster

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – People who follow the work of the Kentucky General Assembly depend on the Legislative Research Commission’s daily web updates to see the latest information on bills, amendments and resolutions.

Now, some updates will come even quicker and more frequently.

When a standing committee votes to report a bill, any amendment or committee substitute adopted for the bill will be posted online as soon as possible after the meeting adjourns.

The committee substitute or amendment can be viewed by clicking “Meeting Materials” on the committee’s web page. Links to the web pages of legislative committees are available at https://legislature.ky.gov/Committees/Pages/default.aspx.

“The Legislative Research Commission sees the value in taking steps to make information about committee meetings available as soon as we can,” said LRC Director Jay D. Hartz. “This, along with expanded livestreaming of legislative action makes more information than ever available online. These changes are part of the LRC’s commitment to giving Kentuckians the resources they need to maintain a close connection to their members of the General Assembly.”

Some people have already seen how useful this new approach is.

When budget bills were considered by state lawmakers in January, committee substitutes adopted by committees in both the House and Senate were posted online as soon as possible so anyone could review them before the bills came up for votes in the full House and Senate.

Approved committee amendments and substitutes will remain available for viewing on the “Meeting Materials” pages until they are published as part of the day’s updates in the online Legislative Record.

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