LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The state Senate will consider confirming Governor Andy Beshear’s appointment to the Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday, a few months after he became the first governor to rearrange the panel.
Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, submitted a resolution Tuesday that would confirm 11 state education councilors elected by Beshear on his first day in office.
Adams told WDRB News that the resolution, if approved, would confirm the members with full provisions. They will be placed on the agenda of the upper house’s approval for action Wednesday, he said.
Asked if he hoped the education board membership was confirmed, Adams said he did not know how the senators would vote.
Members representing the Kentucky Supreme Court district – Deputy Chairman Lu Young, Holly Bloodworth, Patrice McCrary, Sharon Porter Robinson, Cody Pauley Johnson, JoAnn Adams and Mike Bowling – will be in charge until April 14, 2024, if confirmed. Those in the big chair – Chair David Karem, Lee Todd, Alvis Johnson and Claire Batt – will serve until April 14, 2022, if confirmed.
If the board is not confirmed, members cannot be reconsidered for their seats for two years.
The newly appointed Beshear Board, fulfilling campaign promises, took swift action. Panel negotiating the resignation of former Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis days after their promise and has begun a national search for a successor.
Attempts by most previous councilors to block Beshear’s reorganization order in court have so far failed, even though the federal lawsuit is being processed.
They argued that Beshear usurped the legal process by removing him from the council without reason, but the governor consistently said the Kentucky Supreme Court’s opinion that he lost as attorney general explicitly gave him the authority to reorganize the Kentucky Council. Education.
Rich Gimmel, one of seven former councilors who sued Beshear in federal court, said they offered a compromise to give Beshear control of the majority of the panel’s votes, but he rejected the proposition.
Beshear said on April 2 that he would only appoint new members if the Senate did not confirm his education council, although he suggested that lawmakers confirm them for one year while they continued to debate laws that would prohibit the governor from rearranging the council and asked for his composition to reflect registration Kentucky voter politics, among other demographics.
The law – Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers – do not delete the Senate in this year’s session.
“Let’s maintain continuity,” Beshear said at the time. “… They are an extraordinary group, especially for evaluating the search for new educational commissioners.”
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