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This year Kentucky will hold elections for all 100 seats in the House of Representatives and 19 seats in the Senate. The Kentucky House is one of the battleground chambers in this year’s legislative elections, as the Kentucky Legislature is one of eight legislatures with divided partisan control. Kentucky Democrats have controlled the House of Representatives since 1921.

Kentucky’s candidate filing period for the 2016 elections ended January 26. Here are some key facts regarding the candidate filings and their effects on the House elections.

  • Four Democrats and three Republicans – Representatives Johnny Bell (D), Larry Clark (D), Mike Denham (D), Leslie Combs (D), Bob DeWeese (R), Brad Montell (R) and Thomas Kerr (R) – opted to retire.
  • The partisan control of a third of the House races are already decided prior to the general election. Democrats have effectively won 9 seats and Republicans have effectively won 26 seats due to a lack of opposite-party challengers.
  • In addition, Kentucky Democrats lost two members – Representatives Jim Gooch, Jr. (R) and Denver Butler (R) – to switches in party affiliation after Governor Matt Bevin (R) was elected. Both representatives drew Democratic challengers in this year’s general election.

This year’s high stakes election could increase even further with the outcome of four special elections March 8 to fill seats formerly held by two Democrats and two Republicans. The current partisan split in the House is 50 D – 46 R, leaving open the possibility for a completely split legislature in the midst of the legislative session.

For more information about this year’s legislative elections, contact Nick Blazer at nb@stateside.com.

For the Week of February 1, 2016 

The following 40 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA and WISCONSIN.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GUAM, PUERTO RICO and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.

Groups

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture will hold its Winter Conference January 31-February 2 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Conference of Western Attorneys General will hold its Digital Currency Symposium February 4-5 in Park City, Utah. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 2. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

Governor Robert Bentley (R) will deliver the State of the State address February 2. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 1. Briana Bair at bbr@stateside.com

The Health Committee will meet February 2 to discuss H.B 2502, which establishes an interstate medical licensure compact. Briana Bair at bbr@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The State Water Resources Board will hold a board meeting February 2 to consider the extension of the emergency Water Conservation Regulation. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Senate Mental Health Committee will meet February 3 to discuss the findings of the report “California School Districts’ Mental Health Services to Students” by State Auditor Elaine M. Howle. Haris Alic at hal@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Joint Budget Committee will meet February 1-5 to discuss Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) FY 2016-2017 budget proposals. Haris Alic at hal@stateside.com

The House Committee on Health, Insurance and Environment will meet February 2 to discuss S.B. 2, which directs the Secretary of State to submit to voters, at the November 2016 statewide election, the question of whether the state health benefit exchange can impose a tax to support its ongoing operations. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The House Committee on Health, Insurance and Environment will meet February 2 to discuss H.B. 1095, which requires health benefit plans, except for supplemental policies, to provide coverage for the renewal of prescription eye drops. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 3. Haris Alic at hal@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 3. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

Governor Dan Malloy (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 3. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is February 5. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

DELAWARE

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing February 1 to discuss proposed amendments to the construction and use of wells. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a public hearing February 3 on proposed amendments to a rule concerning Medicaid provider reimbursement. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

The Hallandale Beach City Council will meet February 3 to consider a resolution supporting S.B. 1554 and H.B. 4063, which repeal the State’s preemption of local government regulation of smoking. Peter Finn at pf@stateside.com

INDIANA

The deadline for each chamber to pass bills originating in its chamber is February 3. Allison Rollins at sar@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The deadline to introduce bills in the Senate is February 5. Isabella DeBono at idb@stateside.com

The House Health and Government Operations Committee will meet February 2 to receive testimony on H.B. 24, which concerns the Overdose Response Program. Isabella DeBono at idb@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Pollution Control Agency will hold a public hearing February 4 to discuss proposed amendments to existing water quality variance procedures. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee will meet February 2 to discuss L.B. 989, which directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to implement an electronic dealer services system. Brian LeFort at bl@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Public Works and Highway Committee will meet February 2 to consider H.B. 1568, which requires each person registering a vehicle powered by alternate energy sources to prepay road toll fees at the time of registration of the vehicle. Holly Yanai at hby@stateside.com

Governor Maggie Hassan (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 4. Claire Smyth at cas@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is February 3. Brian LeFort at bl@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee will meet February 3 to discuss the status of pipeline projects, the siting process, oil and gas updates from the Department of Mining Resources, as well as other energy related topics. Jennifer Janson at jtj@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 1. Raymond Durham at rd@stateside.com

Governor Mary Fallin (R) will deliver the State of the State address February 1. Raymond Durham at rd@stateside.com

OREGON

The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 1. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The House Committee on Health Care will meet February 1 to discuss H.B. 4015, which permits a vision care insurer to restrict a vision care provider’s choice of supplier for covered services. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Health Care will meet February 4 to discuss S.B. 1505, which requires pharmacy benefit managers to reimburse network pharmacies for drugs at a rate that is not less than the price of drugs specified in the most recently updated version of the list establishing maximum allowable costs for drugs. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Health Care will meet February 4 to discuss S.B. 1514, which permits drug outlets participating in the Charitable Prescription Drug Program to repackage certain donated prescription drugs for distribution by other program participants. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The deadline for first chamber committees to post a work session is February 5. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

The House Local Government Committee will meet February 2 to discuss H.B. 1102, which requires competitive sealed bids to include the length of time, not to exceed 45 days, between the bid opening and one award of the bid. Japer Bowles at jpb@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce individual bills in the House and Senate is February 4. Japer Bowles at jpb@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce committee bills in the House and Senate is February 5. Japer Bowles at jpb@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

Governor Bill Haslam (R) will deliver the State of the State address February 1. Holly Yanai at hby@stateside.com

TEXAS

The House Natural Resources Committee will meet February 2 to evaluate the status of water markets in the state and the potential benefits and challenges of expanded markets for water, as well as examine the regional and state water planning processes. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

UTAH

The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is February 4. Japer Bowles at jpb@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The deadline to pass bills out of committee in the chamber of origin, excluding the House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and Transportation Committees, is February 5. Claire Smyth at cas@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection will meet February 2 to discuss A.B. 753, which exempts a person 62 years of age or older from having to pay a fee for requesting that a consumer reporting agency place a security freeze on the person’s consumer credit report. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

The Assembly Committee on Transportation will meet February 2 to discuss A.B. 558, which establishes exemptions from federal weight limits for commercial vehicles. Jennifer Janson at jtj@stateside.com

The Assembly Committee on Transportation will meet February 2 to discuss A.B. 733, which extends exemptions from seasonal weight limits for commercial vehicles. Jennifer Janson at jtj@stateside.com