FRANKFORT – Recently, the Senate gave final approval to a public protection measure sponsored by Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville. House Bill 289 is Rep. Blanton’s first piece of legislation to pass both chambers of the General Assembly, and now heads to the Governor to be signed into law.
“Serving in the Kentucky House of Representatives is a great honor for me,” said Rep. Blanton. “As a former State Trooper, public safety is an issue close to my heart, and I am proud to have House Bill 289 pass both chambers of our state legislature. As a freshman legislator, it is truly a privilege to see this measure move forward with such bipartisan support. ”
Rep. Blanton was elected in November of 2016 and is serving his first year in the General Assembly. He represents House District 92, which is comprised of Knott and Magoffin counties, and part of Pike County.
House Bill 289 returns administrative oversight and management of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council to the Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet. It also moves responsibility for the oversight of the concealed carry program from the Bureau of Criminal Training to the Public Protection Cabinet.