A record of achievement
This year Morgan won help from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the state's county clerks in solving the nationally-publicized gay marriage license controversy, with unanimous passage of his one-form compromise. He also took the lead on bills to (1) end needless benefit delays for survivors of firefighters who die in the line of duty, (2) stop schools from penalizing students who commit early to military service and must spend up to ten days of normal school time in basic training, and (3) give the city of Louisville long-sought help in dealing with abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
Morgan won praise for bringing together a group to help break the impasse that was blocking a much-needed heroin control bill. He also pushed notable bills to adoption by the Senate and approval by the Governor: (1) creating an interlock device program for drunk drivers that provably saves lives, (2) adding outpatients to those about whose potential violent behavior mental health professionals may warn without liability, (3) putting Kentucky in line with the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to save the state millions in child support funding, and (4) setting requirements of insolvency under the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act.
Morgan worked with Republican colleague Julie Denton to pass a human trafficking bill that allows victims a new start in life and another measure strengthening Kentucky's anti-voyeurism statutes. The Senate unanimously passed Morgan's bill to establish a method for escheat of United States savings bonds to the Commonwealth, allowing the state to take ownership of unclaimed bonds.
In only his first session Morgan tightened safety regulation of amusement and carnival rides. He played a crucial role in obtaining insurance coverage for nutritional supplements babies need after premature birth. He served on two conference committees and was asked by the State Auditor to serve as Senate spokesman for HB1 1 – a landmark measure ensuring more oversight and accountability for the state’s more than 1,200 special taxing districts.