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Jimmy Higdon

Republican — Senator — District 14
Available Terms:
  • 2011-2012
  • 2013-2014
  • 2015-2016

Jimmy Higdon represents Senate District 14 in the Kentucky Senate, is a member of 15 committees, and is the primary sponsor of 221 bills.

2002 34614.46
2004 5683.19
2006 20148.16
2008 68976.97
2010 28160.0

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  • Capitol Office:

    702 Capitol Ave
    Annex Room 242
    Frankfort KY 40601
    700 Capitol Ave
    Capitol Room 319
    Frankfort KY 40601
    Phone: 502-564-2450
  • Jimmy.Higdon@lrc.ky.gov



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Sponsored Bills

  • SB 81

    AN ACT relating to state regulation. Amend KRS 241.010 to define "bed and breakfast," "discount in the usual course of business," and "marina"; expand the definition of "alcoholic beverage" to include a powder or crystal containing alcohol; amend KRS 241.020, 241.030, 241.080, 241.090, 243.035, 243.037, 243.040, 243.380, 243.430, 243.470, 243.550, and 244.590 to describe the powers, duties, titles, and qualifications of the administrators of the Division of Distilled Spirits and the Division of Malt Beverages; amend KRS 241.060, 242.1292, 243.100, 243.110, 243.160, 243.200, 243.220, 243.250, 243.360, 243.390, 243.440, 243.490, 243.520, 243.530, 243.560, 243.620, 243.640, 243.650, 243.660, 243.670, 244.060, 244.070, 244.085, 244.150, 244.260, 244.340, 244.350, and 244.990 to create consistent and modern terminology throughout the alcohol statutes; amend KRS 241.140, 241.190, and 241.250 to clarify the functions of local alcohol administrators; create a new section of KRS Chapter 242 to allow a local option election on distilled spirit souvenir package sales by distilleries within the precinct; create a new section of KRS Chapter 242 to authorize a local option election on by the drink alcoholic beverage sales at marinas within the precinct; amend KRS 242.123 and 242.124 to permit a golf course or small farm winery local option election in any dry or moist city or county; amend KRS 242.1241 to conduct a small farm winery local option election in the same manner as in KRS 242.020; create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to establish the terms of a sampling license, to include both free and paid samples; amend KRS 243.030 to permit either the administrator of distilled spirits or malt beverages to issue a license that allows the sale of distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages; amend KRS 243.0305 to allow a distillery to sell souvenir packages of distilled spirits if the distillery is located in a moist precinct that has authorized that type of sale; establish the limitations of a distiller's sampling license; amend KRS 243.033 to authorize a caterer to cater alcoholic beverages at a private party or special event at a non-federally bonded portion of a distillery premises; forbid a caterer from catering alcoholic beverages at an event hosted by the caterer either alone or as a joint venture; amend KRS 243.036 to apply a distilled spirits and wine auction license to malt beverages; include raffles as a part of the auction license; amend KRS 243.042 to allow a qualified historic site to obtain a supplemental bar license for a riverboat or railroad train; amend KRS 243.045 to clarify that a transitional license entitles the holder to the same rights and privileges of the corresponding permanent license; amend KRS 243.060 and 243.070 to authorize a local qualified historic site license fee up to a maximum that matches the state fee; amend KRS 243.082 to merge state park NQ1 license language with that of the other types of NQ1 licensees; amend KRS 243.084 to authorize a marina NQ2 retail drink license; amend KRS 243.086 to permit a bed and breakfast NQ3 retail drink license; limit bed and breakfast drink sales to paid overnight guests; amend KRS 243.090 to make most local alcohol licenses expire on the same date as the corresponding state license; prorate the cost of a local license in the first year to allow the local license to synchronize with the state license; amend KRS 243.130, 243.155, and 243.157 to allow employees of distillers, rectifiers, wineries, small farm wineries, and microbreweries to sample their employer's products for purposes of education, quality control, and product development; enable small farm wineries to enter into "custom crush" agreements with one another; clarify that a small farm winery may sell and serve its products by virtue of a precinct election; permit a small farm winery to sell its wine products that are unmarketable as wine to a distiller; prohibit the location of a microbrewery in moist territory; amend KRS 243.230 to remove the city population threshold for quota retail drink licenses; amend KRS 243.450 to indicate that a state administrator may deny a license if the applicant is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 243.500 to exempt lawful pari-mutuel betting or charitable gaming from the list of prohibited gambling offenses by a licensee; amend KRS 243.540 to make the license termination provisions apply to a default under a lease or security agreement; describe how a landlord or creditor may dispose of alcoholic beverages in its possession; amend KRS 243.630 to define "transfer" to include the transfer of a business and license to a different premises; create a new section of KRS Chapter 244 to forbid any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, or use any powdered or crystalline alcoholic beverage product; amend KRS 244.080 to specify how a person must be manifestly under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances before alcohol sales to that person are prohibited; amend KRS 244.110 to limit entrance requirements to only quota retail drink and package licenses; amend KRS 244.130 to allow a distiller to provide free production by-products and non-alcoholic merchandise worth up to $25 per item for a distillery tour or event conducted by a church or charitable organization; amend KRS 244.240 to permit distillers, rectifiers, wineries, and wholesalers to give discounts in the usual course of business if the same discounts are offered to all licensees of the same license type buying similar quantities; amend KRS 244.290 and 244.480 to make a local ordinance limiting election day alcohol sales effective only if the ordinance was adopted after June 25, 2013; require a retail drink licensee in territory with Sunday distilled spirits and wine sales to acquire the Sunday license before conducting the sales; amend KRS 244.360 to set rules for a licensee to display its license number on its licensed premises; amend KRS 242.1244, 243.034, 243.050, 243.075, 243.260, 243.882, 244.050, and 83A.022 to conform; repeal KRS 241.075, 242.127, 242.129, 243.031, 243.072, 243.460, 243.505, 243.510, 243.892, and 244.295.

  • SR 1

    Establish the 2015 membership of the Kentucky State Senate.

  • SB 47

    AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities. Amend KRS 344.200 to require the Human Rights Commission to make reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities in filing a complaint.

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  • SB 5

    AN ACT relating to controlled substances. Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner and medical examiner examinations and reporting in deaths involving a Schedule I controlled substance; amend KRS 196.286 and 196.288 to increase the scope of the required cost-savings calculations; direct that a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to funding of KY-ASAP programs operating in or under the supervision of county jails, and a portion to community mental health centers offering substance abuse treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse disorders; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to specify the controlled substance treatment services to be offered under Medicaid; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of Naloxone for use as a rescue drug for narcotic overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide an opportunity for deferred prosecution for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a 50 percent minimum time service requirement for higher-level traffickers in heroin, to remove the quantity thresholds in heroin and fentanyl prosecutions, and to provide the ability to deviate from the service requirement in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution; amend KRS 218A.500 to exempt needles and sharps declared to a peace officer prior to a search of a defendant's person; amend KRS 439.3401 to require a minimum 50 percent time service requirement for homicide and fetal homicide offenders in situations in which the decedent died due to a Schedule I drug overdose; direct the Department of Criminal Justice Training to conduct regionalized heroin-specific in-service training for law enforcement officers by December 31, 2015.

  • SB 4

    AN ACT relating to full disclosure in public safety. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311 to specify how the phrase "individual, private setting" shall be interpreted in informed consent situations.

  • SR 2

    Adopt Rules of Procedure to govern the 2015 Regular Session of the Senate.

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