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.