Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised members of the Kentucky House of Representatives after the historic passage of Senate Bill 112 sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown). The bill passed today on a floor vote with 78 votes in favor of the bill and 17 in opposition. The Kentucky Senate approved the bill last month. Due to amendments, the Senate must concur with the changes.
“This is certainly a momentous occasion. I am pleased for Kentucky taxpayers, that the General Assembly placed the interests of our children, seniors, and all Kentuckians ahead of their fellow political brethren by refusing to allow taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns,” said Secretary Grayson. “The legislature worked expeditiously in a strong bi-partisan manner to see that taxpayer funded political campaigns are stricken from Kentucky law.”
Secretary Grayson testified on behalf of the bill in front of the Senate State and Local Government Committee on February 9, 2005. The bill would eliminate tax-payer funded gubernatorial campaigns in the Commonwealth. Although in recent sessions of the General Assembly the legislature refused to allow taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns, the framework of the laws has not been repealed.
Secretary Grayson stated during his testimony, “Simply put: taxpayer funded political campaigns did not achieve what they set out to do. When given the choice of funding education or healthcare for our citizens, or using taxpayer dollars to purchase attack ads and bumper stickers, I think the choice is clear. It is time that we set our priorities straight and no longer fund welfare for politicians.”
“This repeal is long over due, and I look forward to the day that it arrives on the Governor’s desk for his signature.”
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