Bill to Cut County Election Costs Receives Final Approval

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2017) –The Senate recently gave final approval to a measure to cut election costs for Kentucky counties. House Bill 319, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, would allow local option elections to be held simultaneously with primary and general elections.

“Elected officials have a duty to be responsible with every tax dollar spent,” said Rep. Imes. “This measure will allow county officials to be fiscally conservative in the way tax dollars are spent on elections by no longer having special elections on county-specific issues.”

The measure also requires that the individual or group filing the petition for a local option election must cover all costs of the special election if they want the measure to be considered separately from regularly scheduled elections.

House Bill 319 swiftly passed the House and Senate in a bipartisan manner. It now heads to the Governor to be signed into law.


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