Rep. Maddox addresses SB1: Emergency Powers Reform
On Saturday, I had an opportunity to deliver a floor speech outlining the critical need to restore an appropriate balance of power among coequal branches of government in the Commonwealth. For greater than nine months, Kentuckians have been subjected to unilateral decision making on behalf of the executive branch, which has resulted in an overwhelming demand for reform to Emergency Powers statutes in KRS 39A. I am very pleased to report that SB 1 has been passed out of both chambers and is awaiting the Governor's signature (well, veto). In accordance with Section 88 of the Kentucky Constitution, the Governor has 10 days to veto a bill or it becomes law without his signature. The General Assembly will have the ability to override his probable veto when we return at the beginning of February.
Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 PM
Update on SB 1: Emergency Powers Reform
As promised, I would like to provide an update on SB 1, the Emergency Powers Reform bill that we passed out of the House today. Here is what the bill does:
-Removes the ability of any Governor to change “the manner” in which our elections take place, i.e. mail-in voting. (As we all know, the advent of mail-in voting was quite problematic across the country, in the last election. I am glad that Kentucky is being proactive about returning to in-person elections, even in a state of emergency).
-Limits executive orders, administrative regulations, and other directives to 30 days, until which time the General Assembly must be called back into Session in the event that the order places restrictions on:
*Private businesses or non-profit organizations
*Political, religious, or social gatherings
*Places of worship
-All other executive orders issued under KRS 39A may only exceed 30 days if requested by the Judge Executive/Fiscal Court of a county, or Mayor/City Council in a city. These orders (if extended) would only apply to that local government, and could be extended or terminated by written request.
-Includes language preventing any Governor from circumventing these time limitations, by disallowing the declaration of a state of emergency or issuance of an executive order upon the same or substantially similar set of facts or circumstances without the approval of the General Assembly.
-Allows the General Assembly, by joint resolution to terminate a declaration of emergency at any time.
Although this currently only applies when the General Assembly is in Regular Session, it would allow us to take immediate action in the event that a constitutional amendment allowing the General Assembly to call itself back into Session is passed.
-Waives immunity under the 11th Amendment, so that citizens can seek declaratory relief in federal court.
-Requires any Governor to report all expenditures relating to contracts issued during an emergency; All federal dollars that are received due to an emergency must also be reported, as well as how they are spent or planned to be spent.
-Allows the Governor to suspend a statute only if the suspension is approved by the Attorney General, in writing.
-Removes the Class A misdemeanor penalty, and replaces it with a fine of $100 for a first offense, and $250 for each subsequent offense.
I filed three amendments to SB1 based on the language of BR 130, as well as language crafted by the House Emergency Powers Working Group. The intent was to provide additional protections for Kentucky’s businesses, as well as safeguard language for 1st Amendment rights, property rights, and consumption of goods. Moreover, I offered language to prevent certain statutes from being suspended, and to reduce the 30 day limitation to 15 days. I am pleased to report that House Floor Amendment 1 passed, which adds the following protections:
-Protects the right of the people to exercise free speech, freedom of the press, to petition their government for redress of injuries, or to peaceably assemble.
-Protects the right of the people to worship, worship in-person, or to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief.
-Additional restrictions on a Governor’s ability to seize, take, or condemn, property; Requires that compensation be provided with value being determined by pre-existing eminent domain statutes; Stipulates that this can only be done for the duration of the emergency, and only for public use.
-Restricts any Governor’s ability to limit the sale or consumption of goods, only in the event of a shortage of goods.
-Disallows any Governor from suspending certain statutes that should never be suspended; Constitutional Carry, the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and all statutes that protect unborn life in the Commonwealth.
In addition, House Floor Amendment 4 (offered by Rep. James Tipton, who carried SB 1 in the House) ensures that local governments are included in the definition that pertains to the 30 day limitation. Both Rep. Tipton and Primary Sponsor Sen. Matt Castlen did a fantastic job of articulating and defending this pivotal piece of legislation in their respective chambers.
Although I, and several of my colleagues would have preferred a 15 day limitation, I am pleased that Kentucky is no longer 1 of only 3 states that have no limitations on emergency powers (and also have legislatures that cannot call themselves into Session). SB 1 is a landmark piece of legislation which ensures that Kentuckians will never again be subject to an indefinite, 10 month long state of emergency. Never again will Kentucky’s businesses and citizens be subject to the repercussions of unilateral decision-making, or be left without a voice during a state of emergency.
Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:02 PM
Rep. Maddox 2021-2022 Committee Assignments
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:33 PM
Are you fed up with Governor Beshear's Executive Overreach?
View BR 130- REVISED
Locate your state representative and ask them to co-sponsor BR 130
Over the course of the past nine months, Kentuckians have become quite familiar with a statute that many had previously never heard of, KRS 39A.100. Governor Beshear’s abuse of this particular statute has resulted in:
-Over 1.3 million Kentuckians filing for unemployment (62% of the entire workforce), many of whom have yet to receive a dime of unemployment benefits in exchange for the wages they were forced to forego.
-Persons of faith being denied the ability to attend religious services in accordance with their 1st Amendment right to religious freedom.
-Countless numbers of Kentucky’s businesses that will never again open their doors and 287,000 jobs that will cease to exist.
-The suppression of the right to assemble, and freedom of speech by restricting access to the People’s Capitol in Frankfort.
-Interstate travel bans, restricting the rights of Kentuckians to move freely in and out of the Commonwealth.
-Infringement upon the right to privacy through the proliferation of contact tracing.
Subsequently, Governor Beshear has been challenged a number of times in court which has resulted in some of these executive orders issued under KRS 39A being overturned. It is for this reason, and for the protection of the basic civil liberties of all Kentuckians that I have pre-filed BR 130 to amend KRS 39A and related statutes.
Never again must we allow the majority of Kentucky’s businesses to be shut down, resulting in the level of economic devastation that we are seeing unfold in the Commonwealth.
Never again must we allow the fundamental liberties and freedoms which are enshrined in the Bill of Rights to be suppressed under the weight of unilateral decrees issued on behalf of the executive branch.
So much of what we are seeing in terms of the Governor's actions is egregious overreach; Masks should be entirely voluntary, as should vaccination and contact tracing. The government should have no authority to force any of these things on its citizens. Moreover, any business that employs Kentuckians and enables them to put food on the table IS an essential business, and it is unconscionable to think of the economic devastation that the Governor has created through previous shutdowns. I will continue to be vocally opposed to any mandate or requirement issued by the Governor that violates our civil, individual, or religious liberties.
I have pre-filed BR 130 for the 2021 General Assembly Session which will amend KRS 39A in order to create a system of checks and balances among three coequal branches of government, to ensure that never again are the citizens of the Commonwealth left without a voice during a state of emergency. Specifically, it stipulates that the General Assembly must be called back into Session in the event that an emergency order surpasses a two week timeframe, and all emergency orders must be narrowly tailored so as not to unnecessarily burden or imperil Kentucky’s businesses. If you’re interested in learning more about it, you can read it in its entirety here:
Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:00 AM
Kentucky Freedom Rally
Thursday, December 26, 2019 9:40 PM
Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Savannah Maddox (KY HD-61) at Northern Kentucky Right to Life Event
Saturday, December 21, 2019 8:28 PM
Rep. Maddox Fires Back Against Anti-Gun Legislation
In light of the recent onslaught of anti-gun legislation and discussions of Red Flag Laws in Kentucky and around the nation, I would like to make my position clear:
I will vocally oppose BR 354, BR 342 and Red Flag Laws every step of the way, as well as ANY additional gun control legislation. I filed HB 327, Constitutional Carry, and carried the senate version (SB 150) to its passage in order to expand our ability to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights. I am confident that both the assault rifle ban and high capacity magazine ban will be dead on arrival in the upcoming session, but I am appreciative of everyone's efforts to be vigilant on this issue. It is imperative that Kentuckians make their voices heard loud and clear- that we will not stand for this gun-grabbing nonsense and will rally behind our constitutional right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:20 PM
Savannah Maddox Files for Re-Election
Today I had the distinct privilege of being accompanied by great friends, family, and fellow legislators as I filed for re-election for State Representative of the 61st District. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to join me as I embark upon this journey into 2020- I am greatly appreciative of your kindness and support! Most of all, I would like to thank the citizens of Kentucky's 61st House District who have entrusted me with the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It is a distinct honor to represent you in Frankfort, and I pledge to continue working with you and for you as I seek re-election in the upcoming year.
Monday, November 25, 2019 8:55 PM
Rep. Maddox discusses the dangers of Red Flag Laws on The Leland Conway Show, News Radio 840 WHAS
Friday, November 22, 2019 9:07 PM
Maddox Opposes Red Flag Proposal in Judiciary Committee Hearing
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:52 PM
Rep. Maddox Honored with .50 Caliber Freedom Award from National Association for Gun Rights
Monday, August 12, 2019 5:34 AM
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Rep. Maddox discusses Kentucky's new Constitutional Carry law, the Campus Free Speech Act, and much more!
Sunday, June 30, 2019 2:25 PM
Maddox Honored with National Freshman of the Year Award
Monday, June 24, 2019 6:59 PM
KCRWC Recognizes Rep. Maddox for Campaign Efforts
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:38 PM
AFP Names Maddox Legislative Champion for Kentucky
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:57 AM
GOPAC Announces 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 1:33 PM
Campus Free Speech Act Signed Into Law
March 26, 2019- Frankfort, Kentucky
I am very pleased to report that Governor Bevin has signed HB 254- Campus Free Speech Act- into law today, which is a tremendous victory for the protection and preservation of the First Amendment rights of students here in the Commonwealth. Freedom of speech is the bedrock of individual liberty, and one of the most fundamental protections afforded within the Constitution.
I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this legislation, and would also like to thank Senator Wil Schroder for his efforts to pass this bill in the Senate.
Most of all, I would like to thank the residents of Grant County, and portions of Boone, Kenton, and Scott Counties within the 61st District- for allowing me to represent you in Frankfort. I have thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 General Assembly Session, and consider it a privilege to work with you and for you in the days ahead.
Monday, March 18, 2019 11:51 AM
Maddox Invited to White House for Campus Free Speech Event
Monday, March 11, 2019 11:58 PM
Constitutional Carry Signed into Law
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:18 PM
Maddox Presents Constitutional Carry on House Floor
Saturday, March 2, 2019 6:59 PM
Maddox Defends Constitutional Carry in Judiciary Committee
Friday, March 1, 2019 1:28 PM
Maddox Presents Campus Free Speech Act on House Floor
Sunday, November 4, 2018 11:57 PM
This Tuesday, Nov. 6th- Vote Maddox for State Representative!
Friday, October 19, 2018 12:30 PM
NKY Association of Realtors supports Savannah Maddox for State Representative
Savannah is grateful to have the support of the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors! Property ownership, and the constitutional protections thereof, are the cornerstone of a free society and serve as the backbone of thriving communities.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:07 AM
Kentucky is at a Crossroads..
Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:10 PM
Senator Rand Paul endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am very honored and excited to announce that I have been endorsed by Senator Rand Paul in Kentucky's 61st District House Race. Senator Paul has long been a proponent of limited government, reigning in wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars, and adherance to the Constitution as the abiding standard to which all lawmaking efforts must conform. Thank you, Senator Paul- not only for your support, but for all that you do to stand for conservative values.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 10:40 AM
Congressman Thomas Massie endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am honored to be endorsed by a gentleman who is a cornerstone of the conservative movement, not only in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, but throughout the nation. Congressman Thomas Massie's commitment to analyzing legislation with the intent of preserving our individual liberties and reducing wasteful government spending serves as great inspiration for myself and every candidate who is committed to the concept of fiscal conservatism and adhering to the constitution as the sole guiding force in all lawmaking efforts.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:40 PM
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am honored to announce that I have been endorsed by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for State Representative of the 61st District. I am committed to working with business owners, small and large alike, to foster greater economic growth and keep the Commonwealth on the path to prosperity.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:34 PM
Commonwealth Policy Center endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am honored to announce that I have been endorsed by the Commonwealth Policy Center for State Representative of the 61st District. I will stand strong for conservative values in Frankfort, and to restore a tone of civility and statesmanship in addressing the issues we face as a Commonwealth.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 9:50 AM
Associated General Contractors of Kentucky endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
Monday, May 21, 2018 11:15 AM
Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:53 AM
National Rifle Association endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am excited to announce that I have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. I firmly support our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and will work to ensure that this constitutional right is preserved and protected.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:45 PM
Young Americans for Liberty endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative-61st District
Young Americans for Liberty is a national organization focused on advocating for conservative values and emphasizing the role of the Constitution in American government. I am excited and honored to announce that I have received YAL's endorsement for State Representative of the 61st District.
Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30 PM
Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills Endorses Savannah Maddox for State Representative
I am honored and excited to announce that I have been endorsed by Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills for State Representative of the 61st district. Sheriff Dills has served Grant County with diligence and integrity, and is well-respected as a dedicated public servant in our community. Sheriff Dills is currently running for Grant County Judge-Executive, and I am confident that he will deliver the same level of excellence in this position as he has being our sheriff.
Friday, February 2, 2018 9:52 PM
Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn endorses Savannah Maddox for State Rep-61st District
I am honored and excited to announce that I have been endorsed by Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn for State Representative of the 61st district. Sheriff Korzenborn has served in Kenton County for nearly 20 yrs, and is well-respected as a dedicated public servant and ardent constitutionalist throughout NKY and the greater region.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:05 PM
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:03 PM
Friday, January 12, 2018 3:05 PM
Maddox files for State Representative of the 61st district, which covers Grant County and portions of Boone, Kenton, and Scott Counties.