Seems the state may be looking into come cost cutting and job realignment in the County Clerk offices.
There doesn’t appear to be much objection to granting her accommodations, but one lawmaker said the authorities that take over issuance of marriage licenses would likely claim the $35 filing fee for themselves.
“That’s the first thing that will come up, is the money issue,” said state Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder). “Be careful what you wish for.”
Keene said most of the state’s 120 county clerk offices are “always strapped for cash,” so cutting that revenue stream could lead to salary reductions, layoffs or other budget adjustments.
“If they choose not to perform those duties, they should not be paid,” he said.
Keene said the Kentucky County Clerks Association, which has endorsed the removal of clerks’ names from marriage licenses, is a powerful lobbying organization that would no doubt fight any attempts to cut funding to their offices.
“I can guarantee a lot of clerks would be jumping up and down over that,” Keene said.
The lawmaker wasn’t sure whether the clerks association would react by urging lawmakers to amend their proposals or by pressuring Davis to drop her request for religious accommodation.