Citing the combination of record cold temperatures and snowfall this week, the leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives announced today that the House would not meet for the remainder of this week, but the State Senate will convene, its leaders said.
The House will not re-convene until 4 p.m. on Monday.
“Several members have expressed concern about leaving their families in these conditions, and major highways like I-65 have seen closures because of accidents,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said. “Therefore, we think it is more prudent to be safe than sorry.”
Speaker Stumbo said it would be up to the individual committee chairmen to decide whether to meet prior to the legislative session on Monday, but “the other leaders and I do not recommend any meetings before we gavel in.”
He added that, at this time, they do not expect this decision to alter the session calendar. “We have more than enough time to complete the work before us,” he said.
State Senate Majority Leadership met in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon and announced that the Senate will convene at 2 p.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. Friday.
“The majority of our caucus members were here on Wednesday prepared to do the people’s work and the rest are on their way,” Senate President Robert Stivers said Wednesday afternoon. “We understand the hardships associated with current weather conditions, but there are plenty of businesses staying open throughout the Commonwealth and the Senate feels inclined to stay open for business as well.”