The Senate of Kentucky (Kentucky State Senate ) is the upper house of the Kentucky General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky.
The chamber of parliament is composed of 38 Senators representing an electoral district respectively. According to section 30 of the Constitution of Kentucky Senators are elected for four -year terms. The terms of office are staggered so that always half of the senators are elected every two years. According to section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky, a member of the Senate must be at least 30 years old and a resident of Kentucky. Furthermore, he must before six years have lived in the state and have been resident at least one year before the election in the electoral district.
The meeting room of the Senate is located together with the House of Representatives in the Kentucky State Capitol in the capital, Frankfort.
Tasks of the Senate
The Senate from Kentucky in the fall as upper houses in other states and territories, as well as in the U.S. Senate compared to the House of Representatives special tasks that go beyond the law. So it is up to the Senate, nominations of the Governor in his cabinet to accept or reject other offices of the executive branch and commissions and authorities.
Structure of the chamber
Prior to the addition in the Constitution of 1992, the Kentucky each incumbent Lieutenant Governor was the President of the Senate. At votes he only took part to bring about a decision in stalemates. After the addition was a new office, which has been President of the Senate, created, who took over this function from then on. Current President of the Senate is Republican David L. Williams, 16 constituency.
For Majority Leader ( Majority leader) of the Republicans was Robert Stivers, 25 constituency, elected; Leader of the opposition (minority leader) is the Democrat RJ Palmer from the 28th electoral district.