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Representative Lynn Bechler Files Bill That Would Ban Legislator Pay in Special Session


House Bill 266 would apply if General Assembly fails to pass budget in regular session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 8, 2013) – Representative Lynn Bechler, R-Marion (4th District) announced today he filed his first bill as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. House Bill 266 if passed would ban legislative pay in a special session if the General Assembly fails to pass a budget.

“When I was elected to public office, I swore an oath to carry out my duty as a State Representative to the people of my district,” Representative Bechler said. “During my campaign to seek the privilege of representing the 4th House District, I committed to work diligently to be a good caretaker of our citizens’ tax dollars, and this legislation is a step in that direction.”

House Bill 266 deals with budget sessions, which are normally held in even-numbered years as 60-day sessions. Representative Bechler’s proposal is that if the House and Senate fail to reach a consensus on a two-year budget for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and if they are called into Special Session by the Governor to pass a budget legislators would not receive any pay for the length of that session.

“Last year the General Assembly was forced into special session after failing to pass a transportation budget during the regular session, costing taxpayers more than $300,000 for the five-day session,” Bechler added. “In this time of financial crisis in the Commonwealth, it is simply wrong that we as legislators should be paid when we fail to do our most important job: pass a budget.”

House Bill 266 was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 7th.

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Whitfield, Bechler Join Hundreds at Gun Show

PADUCAH, KY – Paducah’s Expo Center was quite busy Saturday as a huge crowd attended the Paducah Gun Show, and elected officials promised to withstand gun control efforts in the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings.

Over 500 people lined up all the way to the near-by floodwall waiting for the doors to open at 9 am, and the line continued to grow even after the doors opened. Vendors had steady lines streaming past their tables full of guns, ammo, knives and accessories.

U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield and State Rep. Lynn Bechler spoke to the gun owners and vendors, reassuring them that they would do whatever they can to protect every citizen’s 2nd amendment rights.

Using the building’s public address system, Whitfield spoke first, and encouraged anyone who was not a member of the National Rifle Association to join. He said 2nd amendment rights are under threat, and that President Obama will soon be using taxpayer money budgeted for agencies like the Centers for Disease Control against gun owners. Whitfield said those agencies will fund outside groups to do research, and then publicize results showing that gun rights should be diminished, in an attempt to sway public opinion and get laws passed.

“So, we really are under threat today, and it’s essential that we all stand together, and I can tell you that at least in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., we’re going to do everything that we can do to counter and stop President Obama’s efforts to take away our rights and freedoms,” Whitfield said. Everyone in the Expo Center broke into applause before he could finish this statement.

Bechler told the crowd that as a member of the NRA and Gun Owners of America, he will work to make sure the state legislature is doing what it can to protect gun owners in the Commonwealth.

Whitfield said this is the first gun show he’s been to recently, but he was not surprised by the crowd, after hearing reports about other gun shows. Asked if some gun-control advocates would call these crowds a panic response, Whitfield replied, “You can call it whatever you want to, but there’s genuine concern out here that this President and this administration are going to be taking steps to significantly change gun control laws in America.”

The president has asked Congress to act so gun violence can be reduced. He’s asking lawmakers to pass an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. In the meantime, he’s taking steps right away with some executive orders.

Regarding the executive orders, Whitfield said, “The House of Representatives, we can reverse any of these executive orders, unfortunately, that won’t happen in the Senate. So the only recourse that we have available, really, is for groups like the NRA and others to file lawsuits if they believe that his executive orders are unconstitutional or violate some federal law. So, I think you’re gonna see a lot of lawsuits.”

Bechler says on the state side of things, there is some homework to be done.

“I think we can look at what laws are currently on the books, take a look at other state laws, and the least we can do is start a conversation in the state about what laws we should have on the books,” Bechler said.

He added that there may be some conflict between state laws and new federal laws, if passed. However, Kentuckians would still have their 2nd Amendment and 10th Amendment rights.

“I’m hopeful that we can pass something that will assure that there’s not a question about our 2nd amendment rights in Kentucky,” Bechler said.

Vendor Bob Wurth is selling part of his personal collection at the show. Since he isn’t a gun dealer, he doesn’t have to do background checks on buyers, at least for now. Potential new laws could change all that, and might be more trouble than it’s worth for these gun enthusiasts, causing them to stop coming to shows. He said he looks potential buyers in the eye and asks them if they have a criminal history, and can tell alot from how people react, regardless of their eventual answer.

One shopper, who has worked in law enforcement, said, “I have one question for President Obama: ‘If we could save one life by giving everyone a gun, wouldn’t it be worth it?'”

Dan Leatherwood, an NRA volunteer from Murray, started selling year-long memberships and giving away caps at 9:00 am, and by 1:30 pm, he was out of membership forms. He said he would be back on Sunday.

The Paducah Gun Show continues Sunday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The annual event is hosted by the R.K. Shows Inc. of Kentucky.

Article by Bill Hughes of the West Kentucky Star.

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TIme to Get to Work

With the holiday season behind us, I headed to Frankfort to be sworn in as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and start to work on the issues facing the Commonwealth.

The first task of the 2013 Legislative Session was to elect leadership for the respective bodies, determine committee assignments, and essentially get ready for the work ahead of us. I was assigned to the Agriculture and Small Business Committee where I was honored to be named its Vice-Chair. I was also named to the House Economic Development, and Labor and Industry committees.

The 2013 session finds the legislature dealing with some of the same crucial issues that have been discussed and debated for several years. The two most pressing matters that are likely to be brought to the floor of the House are Pension Reform and Tax Reform. I expect that we will take up recommendations from the separate task forces created by the Governor that have been studying and working on these issues. (more…)

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Representative Bechler’s Top Priorities in Frankfort

Thank you again for choosing me to be your Representative in Frankfort. I look forward to joining the other members of the House in just a few days.

The two most pressing matters that are likely to be brought to the floor of the House are Pension Reform and Tax Reform. I expect that we will take up recommendations from the separate task forces created by the Governor that have been studying and working on these issues. Comprehensive tax reform is essential to Kentucky’s economic success and pension reform is necessary to bring our pension system under control.

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Lynn Bechler Takes the Oath of Office

FRANKFORT, Ky.—On January 8, 2012, Lynn Bechler took the oath of office and joined 99 other members of the Kentucky State House. (more…)

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