Representative Upchurch Named Chair of Budget Review on Transportation Subcommittee
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Frankfort – Representative Ken Upchurch of Monticello is the new Chair of the Kentucky House’s Chair of Budget Review on Transportation Subcommittee, House Speaker David Osborne announced this week.
“I am humbled and truly honored to serve as the new chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation,” Representative Upchurch said. “Having served as the chair of the Transportation Committee for the past five years, I understand the importance this committee serves in providing adequate funding to address our state’s highway infrastructure. Having seen and being a part of the discussion in rebuilding eastern Kentucky and western Kentucky due to natural disasters, I will ensure my role as chair will be focused on providing and protecting our state’s local communities.”
The Budget Review on Transportation Subcommittee provides funding for the Transportation Committee. The Transportation committee considers proposed legislation and the implementation of new laws that apply to airports and aviation, boats and boating, motor vehicles, railroads, commercial trucking, and other modes of transporting people and goods. The committee also oversees the state’s Transportation Cabinet and the construction and maintenance of state highways.
“Representative Upchurch’s dedication to our commonwealth will be on full display in his position as chair for the Budget Review on Transportation Subcommittee,” Speaker Osborne said. “Representative Upchurch’s service as chair on the Transportation committee during two major natural disasters in our state has proven he is more than prepared to step into this new role. The Transportation Committee deals with issues that affect day-to-day safety concerns for Kentuckians and Representative Upchurch is intensely aware of what needs to be done and how to properly navigate transportation funding. I am fully confident in Representative Upchurch’s ability to lead this subcommittee into a successful 2023 General Session.”
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a committee chair “serves as the parliamentary head of a committee. The chair sets the committee’s agenda, determining when—or in many states, whether—bills will be considered.”
The 2023 Regular Session will convene on Tuesday, January 3 and legislators will meet for 30 legislative days before adjourning by March 30. Kentuckians can keep up to date with legislative activity by visiting legislature.ky.gov or following @KYHouseGOP on Facebook, Twitter, and most major social media outlets.