Republican leaders of the Kentucky legislature want to change which judges hear lawsuits against state officials and agencies.
Currently those lawsuits are heard in Franklin Circuit Court, headquartered in Frankfort, but under House Bill 3 they would be heard in circuit courts located around the state.
The measure passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and can now be considered by the full Senate.
During the hearing, Sen. Phillip Wheeler, a Republican from Pikeville, said the bill would make it easier for people in far corners of the state to follow up on legal challenges.
“When an individual is aggrieved by the state, many times they have far less resources than the state to be required to journey long distances. It’s a great burden to go to Franklin County on many occasions,” Wheeler said.