Legislators Appointed To Task Forces

The Legislative Research Commission announced the makeup of several special committees and task forces. The groups, called for in various 2023 bills, will meet over the interim period, which begins next month. Each task force will submit its findings and recommendation to the Legislative Research Commission by December 4.

Each task force consists of 10 legislative members: 

  • The House speaker appoints four members of the House majority.
  • The House minority floor leader appoints one member of the House minority.
  • The Senate president appoints four members of the Senate majority.
  • The Senate minority floor leader appoints one member of the Senate minority.

Below are the members appointed to groups that impact cities:

Task Force on Local Government Annexation: Established by Senate Bill 141, the group will study city annexations and their impact on communities and the state and recommend potential changes in statute.

  1. Sen. Robby Mills (R-Henderson) – co-chair
  2. Rep. Jonathan Dixon (R-Corydon) – co-chair
  3. Sen. Michael J. Nemes (R-Shepherdsville)
  4. Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester)
  5. Sen. Phillip Wheeler (R-Pikeville)
  6. Sen. David Yates (D-Louisville)
  7. Rep. Randy Bridges (R-Paducah)
  8. Rep. Beverly Chester-Burton (D-Shively)
  9. Rep. Michael Meredith (R-Oakland)
  10. Rep. Michael ‘Sarge’ Pollock (R-Campbellsville)

Multimodal Freight Transportation System Improvement Task Force: Created from House Concurrent Resolution 72, the task force will make recommendations about Kentucky’s ports, freight, and air terminals to review economic development opportunities, identify gaps, and study funding opportunities.

  1. Sen. Jason Howell(R-Murray) – co-chair
  2. House Majority Caucus Chair Suzanne Miles (R-Owensboro) – co-chair
  3. Sen. Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D-Louisville)
  4. Senate Transportation Chair Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon)
  5. Sen. Brandon J. Storm (R-London)
  6. Sen. Johnnie Turner (R-Harlan)
  7. Rep. John Blanton (R-Salyersville)
  8. Rep. Chris Freeland (R-Benton)
  9. Rep. Tom Smith (R-Corbin)
  10. Rep. Ashley Tackett Laferty (D-Martin)

Jail and Corrections Reform Task Force: Formed as a result of House Concurrent Resolution 82.

  1. Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) – co-chair
  2. Rep. Josh Bray (R-Mount Vernon) – co-chair
  3. Sen. Brandon J. Storm (R-London)
  4. Sen. Robin L. Webb (D-Grayson)
  5. Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R-Fruit Hill)
  6. Sen. Phillip Wheeler (R-Pikeville)
  7. Rep. David Hale (R-Wellington)
  8. Rep. Keturah Herron (D-Louisville)
  9. Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton)
  10. Rep. Wade Williams (R-Earlington)

Certificate of Need Task Force: Established from Senate Concurrent Resolution 165 and House Concurrent Resolution 85.

  1. Sen. Donald Douglas (R-Nicholasville) – co-chair
  2. Rep. Russell Webber (R-Shepherdsville) – co-chair
  3. Sen. Karen Berg (D-Louisville)
  4. Senate President Pro Tempore David P. Givens (R-Greensburg)
  5. Sen. Steve Meredith (R-Leitchfield)
  6. Sen. John Schickel (R-Union)
  7. Rep. Lindsey Burke (D-Lexington)
  8. Rep. Daniel Elliott (R-Danville)
  9. Rep. Marianne Proctor (R-Union)
  10. Rep. Susan Witten (R-Louisville)

Task Force on School and Campus Security: The task force will study and review the implementation of Senate Bill 1, a KLC initiative legislators passed in 2019.

  1. Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) – co-chair
  2. Rep. Scott Lewis (R-Hartford) – co-chair
  3. Sen. Matthew Deneen (R-Elizabethtown)
  4. Sen. Mike Nemes (R-Shepherdsville)
  5. Senate Minority Caucus Chair Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington)
  6. Sen. Steve West (R-Paris)
  7. Rep. Savannah Maddox (R-Dry Ridge)
  8. Rep. Scott Sharp (R-Ashland)
  9. Rep. James Tipton (R-Taylorsville)
  10. Rep. Lisa Willner (D-Louisville)

You can see all the 2023 special legislative committees here.