Section 8 of SB 7:
(1) Subject to KRS 118.555, on the first Tuesday after the firstAs FHQ said of the bill last year:
[third]Monday in August [May], in each presidential election year, the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall conduct presidential preference primaries [primary elections]within each political party.
The stated intent of the bill is to free up the legislature to focus on their work -- at least the controversial work -- without fear of being challenged in a primary by an opponent who entered the race because of a vote on a contentious piece of legislation. The filing deadline is in January for the May primary and many Kentucky legislators apparently wait until after the filing deadline and know who, if anyone, they will be facing off against in May before addressing potentially divisive legislation. And with the legislative session ending in March, the overall efficiency of activity in the legislature can be negatively affected.See "Kentucky Moving to August" for much more than you would otherwise want to know about the implications of such a move.
...and no, this bill is not any more likely to get through the Democratic-controlled House or be signed into law by the Democratic governor than its predecessor.
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