Kentucky Senate Opens As GOP Takes Charge Of Legislature

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -The Kentucky Senate has convened as Republicans begin a new era in complete control of the General Assembly.

The GOP-dominated Senate opened the 2017 legislative session on Tuesday, about an hour before Republicans took control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century.

Republicans won 64 out of the 100 House seats in the November elections, taking them from a minority to a super majority. The GOP now controls every state legislature in the South.

With their overwhelming advantage in the Kentucky legislature, Republicans will dictate the agenda for the session. And with Matt Bevin occupying the governor’s office, the GOP is in firm control of state government.

This year’s legislative session will span 30 working days, ending in late March.