2022 Legislative Session: Week 1 in review
Both chambers immediately filed bills addressing this week’s high priority issues, including House, Senate and Congressional redistricting and an extension of the candidate filing deadline.
Bills addressing redistricting are widely expected to be on Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk by Saturday afternoon.
Candidate Filing Deadline Extension
Gov. Beshear signed HB 172 into law this week, which extends the filing deadline for candidates from Jan. 7 to Jan. 25, 2022. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steven Rudy, has an emergency clause, which means it became law immediately once signed by Gov. Beshear. It is the first piece of legislation in the 2022 Regular Session to be signed into law.
HB 172 applies to all offices, including those running for county elected positions. The bill moved quickly through both the House and Senate because of pending redistricting legislation, which is expected to pass Saturday, Jan. 8. The bill moves the filing deadline for this year only.
Last week, GOP House Leadership released its plan for redrawing House districts and this week, Rep. Jerry Miller filed the redistricting bill (HB 2). View both the current map and the proposed changes here.
Both the House and Senate plans passed out of committees. The General Assembly will meet Saturday, Jan. 8, to pass both bills. Read more here.
The Senate released its proposed plan for Congressional redistricting this week, which you can view here.
Supreme Court Redistricting
Legislative Calendar Adjustments
Legislative leaders adjusted the calendar for the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2022 Regular Session. Under the changes, the Senate and House will both convene for the fifth day of the legislative session Saturday, Jan. 8. The last day to introduce bills in the House has been moved to Feb. 25, while the last day to introduce bills in the Senate has been moved to March 1.