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Bill Takes More Board Reorg Powers Away From Governor

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Gov. Andy Beshear would see his authority to select state board members rolled back further under a bill that has passed a House committee. 

House Bill 469 would strip the Democratic governor of his ability to reorganize the Kentucky Human Rights Commission by executive order or action.

The measure is one of several Republican-backed bills taking aim at the executive. Separate bills would limit the governor’s power to reshuffle the state board of education, name the state Transportation Secretary, or issue pardons or commutations 30 days before a gubernatorial election or between the election and inauguration.

The makeup of state boards became a hot topic under the previous administration, which found itself at odds with then-Attorney General Andy Beshear over its efforts to remake the boards.

HB 469 cleared the House State Government Committee Monday and now heads to the full chamber for consideration.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.