FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2012
Westerfield Appointed Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
FRANKFORT The Leadership of the Senate Majority has appointed Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield (R-Hopkinsville) Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As chairman of a committee, Sen-elect Westerfield will decide in what order bills are considered and who will be invited to speak on behalf of issues in front of the committee.
Westerfield stated, “As a freshman senator, I am humbled and delighted to take the reins of such a high-profile committee. The people of my counties now have a chair at the table as part of the majority.”
The Judiciary Committee is charged with overseeing matters pertaining to contracts; the Uniform Commercial Code; debtor-creditor relations; ownership and conveyance of property; private corporations and associations; competency proceedings; administration of trusts and estates of persons under disability; descent, wills, and administration of decedent's estates; domestic relations; adoption; abortion; support of dependents; statutory actions and limitations; eminent domain; arbitration; summary proceedings; declaratory judgments; witnesses evidence; legal notices; construction of statutes; civil procedure; the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, and District Courts; jurisdiction, rule, terms, judges, commissioners, selections, districts, qualifications, compensations, and retirement; clerk of court; juries; attorneys; commissioners and receivers; court reporters; habeas corpus; crimes and punishments; controlled substances offenses; driving under the influence; criminal procedure; probation and parole; correctional penitentiaries and private prisons; civil rights; and juvenile matters.