Local Government Committee, Kentucky General Assembly
The Local Government Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.
|“||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.
The Local Government Committee studies "matters pertaining to the officers, organization, government, and financing of county and city governments; urban-county governments generally; county- and city-imposed taxes and licenses; special purpose assessment and taxing districts within a city; financing of local government improvements; issuance of bonds for county, city, and special district projects; local government indebtedness generally; compensation of county and city officers and employees; the imposition of duties and costs on local governments; interlocal government cooperation and consolidation of services; local government employees, civil service, and retirement; the powers, duties, and composition of fiscal courts and municipal legislative bodies; the offices of county judge/executive, magistrate, county attorney, sheriff, constable, jailer, coroner, surveyor, and county clerk; forms of local government; incorporation and classification of cities; housing projects; urban renewal and redevelopment; planning and zoning; annexation of territory; public works; parks and playgrounds; police and fire departments and their retirement systems; county roads; city streets and sidewalks; local government utilities and waterworks; acquisition of waterworks and water districts by local governments; sewers; metropolitan sewer and sanitation districts; public road districts; water districts; fire protection districts; drainage districts and local flood control and water usage; local air pollution control districts; urban service districts; library districts; city and county libraries; county law libraries; and special districts not assigned to another committee."
The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.
|Local Government Members, 2011|
|Democratic members (14)||Republican members (14)|
|• Steven Riggs||• Julie Adams|
|• Mitchel Denham, Jr.||• Ronald Crimm|
|• Ted Edmonds||• Brent Housman|
|• Richard Henderson||• Adam Koenig|
|• Thomas McKee||• Stan Lee|
|• Jody Richards||• Michael Meredith|
|• Arnold Simpson||• David Osborne|
|• Kevin Sinnette||• Damon Thayer|
|• Rita Smart||• Jimmy Higdon|
|• Jim Wayne||• Tom Jensen|
|• Walter Blevins||• Alice Kerr|
|• Gerald Neal||• John Schickel|
|• R.J. Palmer||• Dan Seum|
|• Johnny Ray Turner||• Robert Stivers|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.
|Local Government Members, 2009|
|Democratic members (13)||Republican members (7)|
|• Steven Riggs||• Brent Housman|
|• Jim Wayne||• Scott Brinkman|
|• Reginald Meeks||• Ronald Crimm|
|• Derrick Graham||• Stan Lee|
|• Charles Hoffman||• Ken Upchurch|
|• Arnold Simpson||• David Osborne|
|• Dennis Keene||• Adam Koenig|
|• Mitchel Denham, Jr.|
|• Richard Henderson|
|• Thomas McKee|
|• Ted Edmonds|
|• Ancel Smith|
|• Kevin Sinnette|
- Kentucky State Legislature, "Interim Committees," accessed January 31, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Kentucky State Legislature, "Local Government Committee," accessed January 31, 2014