Agriculture Committee, Kentucky General Assembly

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The Agriculture Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.

Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.[1][2]


The Agriculture Committee studies "matters pertaining to crop, livestock, poultry and their marketing, disease control and warehousing; tobacco; stockyards; agricultural cooperatives and marketing associations; agriculture weights and measures; veterinarians."[3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Agriculture Members, 2015
Democratic members (18)Republican members (21)
Thomas McKee, Co-ChairPaul Hornback, Co-Chair
Johnny BellC. Embry, Jr.
Will CourseyCarroll Gibson
Mitchel Denham, Jr.Chris Girdler
Dennis ParrettDavid Givens
James Glenn, Jr.Stan Humphries
Martha KingWhitney Westerfield
Terry MillsKim King
Sannie OverlyMichael Meredith
Thomas RinerLynn Bechler
Rita SmartDavid Osborne
Dorsey RidleyRyan Quarles
Robin WebbSteven Rudy
Derrick GrahamDavid Givens
James KayMyron Dossett
Dean SchamoreDavid Hale
John ShortThomas Turner
Wilson StoneRichard Heath
Damon Thayer
Suzanne Miles
James Tipton


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.


  • Subcommittee on Horse Farming
  • Subcommittee on Rural Issues

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