February 21, 2013

Will Ky. Gov. Beshear Get an Extra Year on His Term?

In an interesting bill sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear would receive another year on his term, allowing him to serve for a fifth year.

What is behind that possibility is for the next election to be moved from 2015 to 2016. According to McDaniel, it would save money and also result in higher voter turnout because of it being in a presidential election year.

Since the bill is a constitutional amendment, a three-fifths majority vote would be required in the House and the Senate in order for it to be passed. Assuming that were to happen, it would then be presented to the voters in November 2014.

McDaniel said estimated savings for the state would be about $1.4 million, and counties would save an additional $12.6 million ever four years going forward.

Besides the Governor, other offices getting a fifth year if it were passed are lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor treasurer and agriculture commissioner.

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